Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) plans and develops its exhibition program two to four years in advance. Temporary exhibitions held at CAM are usually initiated internally, with staff leading the ongoing development of a balanced and varied temporary exhibitions program. The temporary exhibitions program is comprised of exhibitions which are scholarly, innovative, accessible, financially sound and focused centrally on public engagement.

As well as exhibitions developed by our in-house curatorial team, CAM works with selected partner institutions, guest curators and artists, on collaborative and touring projects. We work directly with artists or their estates in presenting their work at CAM. A limited number of projects are developed externally, usually by invitation, with other arts organisations, curators or artists. As such we are rarely able to support unsolicited proposals.

If you would like to submit an exhibition proposal to CAM we require the following information:

  • Covering letter marked attention to the Curator
  • Project outline, including description of artists/works and biographical information on the artist/s and curator
  • Proposed dates, timeline and funding
  • Other relevant information
  • Quality visual material – no more than 10 good quality images per artist (jpegs preferred)
  • Contact details

Please also note that we prefer electronic exhibition proposals sent via email.

It is strongly advised to undertake preliminary research on CAM’s exhibition program and spaces by visiting the website and/ or viewing the gallery spaces before submitting a proposal.

CAM cannot accept original artwork.

Due to the volume of material we receive we are unable to return exhibition proposals submitted to CAM. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your submission if you would like any hard copy material returned.

We are unable to provide specific feedback or respond to proposals that are outside the focus of the organisation. Proposals received by CAM are circulated to the appropriate staff for consideration. Appropriate proposals are then assessed by the CAM Exhibitions Committee at quarterly meetings.

As CAM receives a large number of proposals, a response may not be immediate, although we endeavour to respond to suitable proposals within two to three months.

Please note that we are unable to provide assistance in developing a proposal.