Coast Collective Gallery and Gift Shop Submission Guidelines

We are looking for a broad spectrum of family-friendly original works of Fine Art, Fine Craft, Folk Art, Home Décor and Fashion, which:

  1. Make a bold statement in form and colour
  2. Display technical skill and creativity
  3. Make a unique statement

All submissions are adjudicated based on:

1. Originality

  • works are original, hand-made or hand-crafted
  • source materials are original and not copied from another artist

2. Technical Proficiency

  • work demonstrates a high level of skill or mastery of the medium of choice;
  • items made using manufactured or store-bought materials should show a significant change from their original form

3. Presentation

4. Marketability

5. Artist & Process Statement


All fine art shown by the Coast Collective Art Centre should be presented in a simple, professional manner regardless of the nature of the work. Consider yourself a professional and treat your artwork with respect and always use the best possible materials.  If you have questions or require further clarification of our guidelines, please ask.

To maintain a high level of quality and professionalism, use archival materials in making and presenting your work.  Be aware that common materials such as paper, cardboard and tape can contain acid that can cause yellowing, fading and deterioration.

The Coast Collective Art Centre and Society for Arts on the South Island reserves the right to refuse any artwork not meeting our Submission Guidelines.



  • the finished presentation – front, back, top, and bottom – is part of the whole work, and should appear to be new and well crafted, not battered and shop worn or flimsy or fragile.
  • In the GALLERY – no reproductions of artwork are permitted; and handmade prints such as lino cuts, wood cuts, etchings, etc. must be limited, numbered editions.
  • In the GIFT SHOP – open edition posters and greeting cards are permitted.
  • Prints/reproductions of original artwork must be clearly labeled as such. Open edition posters and cards must be packaged for rack display and sale only (unframed).
  • All artwork must be presented ready-to-hang, with appropriate hanging wire attached to the frame.  Wires and hanging hardware should not be visible when hung. Be sure the wire is a minimum of 1 ½ inches from the top of the frame when pulled tight.
  • Saw tooth hangers are NOT
  • Frame quality and aesthetic will be considered part of the work.  Avoid garish colours, overpowering designs or cheap-looking frames.
  • Consider an appropriate weight of molding and width of mat for the work. Giving work enough ‘breathing room’ is important.
  • Artwork behind glass must not touch the glass; mats should be used to separate the work from the glass. Mat colour and size should be well-considered to compliment the work. Glass should be without scratches and fingerprints.
  • Frames must be appropriately sturdy; “Snap-on” frames, corner clips with glass or “easel” frames designed for tabletop use are not accepted.
  • Stretched canvases that are at least 1 ½ inches deep do not require a frame; , however, staples must not be visible and edges should be painted or otherwise finished.
  • Canvases less than 1¼ inches deep require a frame.
  • Quilts and other fabric wall hangings must be ready to hang by method of a sleeve or tabs for curtain rods or similar hardware.


  • All fine craft shown at the Coast Collective should be well executed and well finished and be primarily hand-manufactured (i.e. by hand, hand tools or hand-controlled processes; ready-made components are acceptable where their use is clearly appropriate to the nature and design of the work).
  • Articles made from a mold are acceptable only where the mold is subordinate to the product of the craftsperson/artisan, or where the mold is subordinate to the craftsperson’s creativity.
  • Any article or any media using a commercial kit is automatically disqualified from the adjudication process.
  • All three-dimensional items must be of sound construction, able to withstand handling and be suitable for public display in a family-friendly environment.
  • Bases of freestanding items must be finished and safe for positioning on a table-top. Items may not be “tippy”. Instructions for special installations should be attached to the piece.
  • Three-dimensional wall pieces must be securely mounted on a base in a professional finished fashion.
  • Toys must be safe for children to use, with properly finished edges and fasteners and fixtures appropriate for the intended age group. Any special instructions should be fastened to the piece.


  • Professionally rendered original works of music and literature are welcomed.


  • Storytelling in relation to your art work adds to the value. Everyone loves to hear the story that connects the work to the artist. If there is a relevant bit of information you would like to share, a short write up is encouraged.