Library Exhibition Program

Ryde Library Exhibition

We particularly encourage artists that specialise in 3D objects, such as ceramics, glass, jewellery, dolls/miniatures, papercraft, needlecraft, textiles, sculptures, 3D prints, metal and wood, to submit an application.

The Library Exhibition Program offers a creative opportunity in the heart of City of Ryde across our library locations. The key aim is to present a varied and informative arts and cultural program annually which connects to our local communities while supporting and showcasing the myriad of diverse creatives, artists and groups working across the Ryde local government area.

Exhibitions are an exciting way to present objects, stories, written work, art pieces, and multimedia presentations. Displaying exhibitions in our library spaces allows artists to engage with more a diverse range of audience than a traditional gallery space. Engaging exhibitions start with a strong concept, and based on visually appealing objects and/or images. It should communicate interesting stories or ideas. Associated material such as photographs, diagrams, maps, books, personal stories, or artists’ statements may also contribute to a strong exhibition concept.

Our Aim is to support the development of local artists/ creatives to:

  • Showcase, build partnerships and celebrate artists/creatives in the local area
  • Connect our community and foster a dialogue with innovative and authentic cultural expression
  • Support the development of new work
  • Provide skill sharing opportunities for established artists where they connect with the local creative community (i.e masterclasses, workshops, features in our newsletter or website)
  • Increase engagement with established artists to support the growth of wider Ryde creative sector
  • Activate and foster creative professional development.

We are calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to hold exhibitions in one of our four library gallery spaces. The spaces are: Ryde Library Display Cabinet, Ryde Library Digital Display, West Ryde Library Display Cabinet and Eastwood Library Display Cabinet.

Important Information for Applicants

Our galleries are suited more to 3D objects than 2D works however the exhibition can include a range of artwork and items. This is including (but not limited to) original artwork/illustration (2D and framed), models/sculpture/objects (3D), books, roughs, video, photography, media, research items and correspondence.

Applications are open to artists and groups based anywhere is Greater Sydney. However, priority will be given to applicants who have a demonstrable connection to City of Ryde area.

We are committed to selecting a program of exhibitions that reflect the diversity of our City. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, and artists living with disability.

Successful applicants will be responsible for organising and installing their own exhibitions, at an agreed time with City of Ryde Libraries staff. Please check each venue in person, whenever possible, prior to submitting your application to see what kind of artwork it would suit. There are limitations in each space as to what installation methods can be used. The library is not able to provide installation supplies e.g. picture frames.

City of Ryde Libraries will provide support through providing access to gallery spaces and promoting the exhibition via the Council/Library website, newsletter and social media channels.

Please ensure you have read the following documents prior to submitting your application. 

Key Dates

First Round 
February 2024 Applications Open
17 May 2024 Applications Close
Late May/Early June 2024 Applicants Notified
July to December 2024 Display Tenancy Period
Second Round 
September 2024 Applications Open
31 October 2024 Applications Close
November 2024 Applicants Notified
January to June 2025 Display Tenancy Period

Please note: Your exhibition may also be programmed on other dates if it thematically aligns with other events the library is conducting. This will be in consultation with you if chosen to be programmed.

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