The Yards is currently accepting proposals for fall 2019 - spring 2020. At this time, we’re not accepting exhibition proposals for summer 2020. However, proposals for workshops and community events are encouraged throughout the year; the space acts as an active studio from mid-May until July and we would love to welcome others to create with us.

We have three separate application options:

  • If you are interested in curating an exhibition/event, please go over this proposal packet. We encourage submissions of group exhibitions (no solo shows), interactive experiences, music events, open mic nights, unique activations of our space, and community-centric workshops. We welcome unconventional and novel ideas!

  • If you are an individual artist or collaborative group/collective and would like to be considered for future group shows, please email us at theyardschicago@gmail.com with your artist bio, statement, artist resume/CV, examples of work, and availability for the next 6 months. We will generally not contact you until an opportunity is available. Submissions of this nature are always open.

  • If you are another art space, platform, collective, or gallery and would like to collaborate, feel free to contact us directly with examples of past events/shows and a description of what you have in mind for the future.

We invite all interested parties to familiarize themselves with the space by attending an upcoming event and speaking with us in person prior to submitting. We look forward to working with all of you!