Open call for exhibitions in 2022 at AVA

Open call for exhibitions in 2022 at AVA


Calling all curators and artists! As we begin to rebuild and reshape the world around us, we look to encourage collaboration and cooperation amongst artists and curators.

In 2021 we ran our first series of ArtReach Conscious Curating Co-productions, which is a successful continuation of our 170-year tradition of supporting exhibitions that promote the discursive and experimental nature of contemporary art.
This year’s call for exhibitions in 2022 encourages curators and artists to propose group exhibitions* that explore collaboration and cooperation in different ways, opening up space for inclusive and engaging conversations.

As we work towards publishing five decades of AVA archives, we are especially interested in exhibition proposals that activate archives, too.

*There is limited space for solo exhibitions. Preference will be given to group exhibitions.


  1. Fill out the application form in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Completed applications need to be submitted by 31 July.
  3. All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee in August.
  4. Successful applicants will be published online by 1 September.


At the AVA there are 3 different galleries; Main (92m2), Long (30m2), and Mezzanine (36m2), and a room for audio/visual art work. Depending on which gallery space you prefer, there is a facilitation fee payable. This fee includes gallery space for a period of + 5 weeks, installation of the exhibition, marketing, and administration and management for the duration of the exhibition.

Main gallery: R6 000
Long gallery: R4 500 Mezzanine gallery: R3 500 New Media room: R1 500

You will need to indicate in your proposal in which gallery you imagine installing your exhibition. The members of the selection committee will do their best to accommodate your choice, but final placement depends on programming.


In line with our ArtReach Conscious Curating Co-production programme, piloted in 2021, we offer support to curators and artists applying for GROUP EXHIBITIONS again this year. Successful applicants will be invited to negotiate a co-production package with us that may include aspects of marketing, programming, artist liaison, partnerships or fundraising.

To apply for support, please complete the ArtReach Co-production support section on the application form

Prize summary:
Exhibition at AVA in 2022

Entry Fee:

Deadline: 31/07/2021 11:59 pm (Timezone: Asia/Baku)

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