MEANWHILE is pleased to announce our open call for proposals for 2020 


This year we invite proposals for:

  • Solo, group, curatorial, off-site and online exhibitions

  • Events including but not limited to: screenings, performances, readings and talks


  • Both experimental and academic writing

You can find more information on each categories application requirements  here:


Please submit all proposals via email to

Curatorial submissions close February 19


This open call is an opportunity for curators, art collectives and individual artists to submit proposals for solo, group, off-site and online exhibitions. These projects will be developed and presented in conversation and collaboration with the MEANWHILE team. 


MEANWHILE welcomes artists at all stages of their practice. In the past, MEANWHILE’s exhibition programme largely consisted of three-week long exhibitions. However, this year, successful applicants will be given the option to decide the duration of the exhibition (whether it be pop-up, short-term or long-term in nature). MEANWHILE is also interested in supporting ambitious projects which may require additional funding by working with successful applicants on funding applications. 


Successful applicants will receive ongoing support and assistance throughout the project’s development, including curation and installation, as well as the archiving and promotion of the exhibition.


To apply, please submit a PDF containing: 

  • A description of your proposed project, including preferred timeline and dates if applicable. (not exceeding 500 words)
    * If the project is financially ambitious and will acquire additional funding, please also include a project budget 

  • Sketches or accompanying imagery for the proposed project, if applicable 

  • Artist bio for all participants (not exceeding 150 words each)

  • 2-3 examples of previous works or a link to a website(s)/online portfolio(s)


Please submit your proposal to with ‘CURATORIAL 2020’ as the subject line. Submissions close at 5pm on February 19th 2020, and we will advise of outcomes by early March.


MEANWHILE is a mean place to host a public event. In the past we have hosted screenings, performances, poetry readings, launches, workshops, community gatherings, discussions and more. Intrinsic to MEANWHILE’s kaupapa is the supporting of emerging creatives that would not be able to expand their practice without the use of MEANWHILE’s gallery space for free. Our space is therefore free to use if any sales made as part of any event are not-for-profit or are going towards worthwhile charities. To protect our sustainability as a volunteer run organisation, if your event falls outside of this description we may ask you for a reasonable donation to host your event at MEANWHILE. Equally, it is important that events hosted at MEANWHILE are accessible to everyone, so all events proposed must be non-ticketed and adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy, which can be found here (link).


To enquire about hosting an event at MEANWHILE, please send us an email containing:

  • An outline of your event (no more than 300 words)

  • Proposed date(s) and times

  • Any relevant supporting material 


Please submit your proposal to with ‘EVENT 2020’ as the subject line. There is no deadline for your submission as event enquiries will be open throughout the entire year.


MEANWHILE MONDAYS is an ongoing show-and-tell programme that hosts informal discussions, skill share workshops, critiques, experimental one-off projects, talks and presentations. These sessions can be hosted in MEANWHILE’s gallery space or off site on any chosen Monday of the month. 


If you have a workshop idea, discussion topic or something completely new that you would like to bring to MEANWHILE MONDAYS programming please send an email to with the subject line ‘MEANWHILE MONDAYS 2020’. In this email please include a short description of your MEANWHILE MONDAYS idea and any relevant supporting material if required. 


There is no deadline for your submission as MWM enquiries will be open throughout the entire year.


MEANWHILE is excited to collaborate with emerging art, journalistic and experimental writers to host a regular schedule of texts published on the MEANWHILE website. Texts may include (but are not limited to); interviews, reviews, experimental fiction & non-fiction, academic essays, news and poetry. We are also interested in pairing art writers with relevant curatorial projects hosted by MEANWHILE as a way of archiving exhibitions and giving projects longevity.


If you have a pre-existing text that you would like to submit for publishing on MEANWHILE’s website please send us an email to with ‘WRITERS 2020‘ as the subject line with a breif introduction to the text and a 500 word extract.


If you are interested in writing in collaboration with MEANWHILE’s 2020 programme, please send us an example of your previous writing (in the form of an introduction and 500 word extract of a chosen text accompanied by any online portfolio)  in an email to with ‘WRITERS 2020‘ as the subject line.

Interest in writing contributions are welcome throughout 2020