Exhibition  |  open for entry

Dreaming of You 

Jurying in Progress - Entries Close 31st of May 

Call for Art

Dreaming of You

Gallery Omata invites artists worldwide to submit entries for our online exhibition Dreaming of You.


It's clear that dreaming, whether it be while asleep or awake, is an important part of the creative process. As artists, we often find ourselves in a state of daydreaming as our minds wander and explore new ideas and possibilities.

So how much time do we spend actually dreaming?

Miró claimed he did not recall his dreams while sleeping. Instead he found inspiration from his daydreams, “I never dream… Oh, yes! I do dream, I dream when I’m walking down the street, I dream all the time, but these dreams aren’t Freudian dreams. They are waking dreams. I’m always in a state of dreaming while awake. Of course! But dreams while I’m asleep, no.”

Joan Miró in: Bruno Friedman: “L’esperit créateur dans l’art et dans la science. Interview de Joan Miró’’. In: Impact, Science et Société.

So what does this mean for us as artists? Although you may not recall active dream states each night, it doesn't mean our subconscious isn't working hard behind the scenes - processing information and providing inspiration when needed. Our dreams can provide valuable insights into our own creativity so if you take some quiet moments throughout your day to tap into them - you never know where they might lead.

Dreams are an interesting way for our unconscious mind to communicate with our conscious mind. They often contain characters that represent different aspects of ourselves, and it can be fascinating to explore the symbolism behind them. For example, if you dream of a wise old man this could symbolize your inner wisdom or intuition; a young child could represent innocence or potential; and an authority figure may indicate feelings of powerlessness in waking life.

Artists have long used dreams as inspiration for their work – from Salvador Dali’s surrealist paintings inspired by his own vivid dreams, to Shakespeare’s famous ‘dream within a dream’ soliloquy in Hamlet. So why not use your own dreams as creative fuel? Take some time each day to reflect on any recent dreams you had and see what hidden messages they might hold about yourself!

The exhibition Dreaming of You invites artists to explore their dream life whether it be while asleep or awake.

Media: All media except video will be considered including 2D & 3D work, painting, sculpture, works on paper, printmaking, photography and mixed media.

Deadline: Entries close 31st May 2023.

Awards & Prizes:

Finalists & award winners will be included in our online exhibition.

Award 1: Best in Show US$175 cash, promotion on our website & Instagram

Award 2: Directors Choice US$75 cash, published on Artist of the Month page, promotion on our website & Instagram

Award 3: Curator's Choice Interview (value US$75) published on Curator's Choice, promotion on our website & Instagram

Finalists : receive promotion on our website & Instagram

Fees: US$40 for 6 images US$30 for 3 images US$20 for 1 image




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1. Guidelines

Each contest has a theme as part of the judging criteria please consider the theme when making your entry submissions. 

Read the rules carefully.

Artists retain ownership & copyright of their works. Any enquires to purchase work will be directed to each artist.

2. Rules

By submitting your entry you (the artist) consent to the Gallery Omata Terms & Conditions Agreement.

Lets keep it positive. The gallery focuses on positive subjects for consideration by the jury and inclusion in exhibitions. Artists are requested to keep this in mind when submitting their entries.

Those seeking to use images from the Gallery Omata website will require permission from the artist & the gallery before proceeding.

Competition is open to artists worldwide over the age of 18 years.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

There is no limit to the number of entries per artist.

Images taken front on with only the artwork clearly visible and in focus will be accepted.

Maximum image size 5MB in .jpeg format file titled with Artist Name-Title of Artwork.

Artwork submitted is to be original work by the artist related to the theme of the exhibition.

Open to all fine art mediums (oil, acrylic, water colour, gouache, pastel, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture, fiber, wood, digital art) except video.

3. Awards

Award winners will be notified by email within 5 days following the selection of the winners.

Gallery Omata will make every effort to contact Winners but accepts no liability for Winners failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email or other security settings or for Winners provision of incorrect contact information.

If the Winner can not be contacted within 90 days from the time notification award was sent or fails to comply with the contest eligibility the prize may be forfeited.

Winners are accountable for costs associated with award acceptance, such as applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes.

4. Contest Fees

You may submit more than once.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Contest fees can be paid using Paypal or credit card.

5. Image Submission Sequence

Image format : jpegs at least 1500px on longest dimension of the image

File size maximum 5mb per image

Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions H x W mm, Photo Credit, Links to socials (optional)

Include an artist statement (written in 1st person).

Complete all required information

First name, Last Name

Email, Instagram (Format: instagram.com/yourusername) (optional), Website (optional)

Submit entry

You will be redirected to PayPal for payment.

Confirmation email will be sent after your payment is complete.

6. Selection Process

Directors Choice. Each show is curated & juried by Gallery Director Sarah Gordon and an anonymous committee of jurors. Note no comments are given by the jurors.

Criteria - 

  • Creative expression
  • Composition
  • Demonstration of artistic intent based on the theme
  • Mastery of the medium
  • Aesthetic appreciation

7. Terms & Conditions

  • By submitting images of your artwork you, the artist, agree to the terms & conditions as listed below. This constitutes an agreement between galleryomata.com & you, the artist.
  • You agree to your images being used by Gallery Omata for promotional, marketing and display purposes for any exhibition organised by Gallery Omata
  • You agree to Gallery Omata archiving your artwork images as part of the website exhibition archive. This will be available for public viewing on artgalleryomata.com
  • All copyrights of artwork images submitted to Gallery Omata remains with the artist.
  • Entry Fees are non-refundable
  • Those seeking to use images from the Gallery Omata website will require permission from the artist & the gallery before proceeding.
  • By entering your work you are agreeing to be added to Gallery Omata email list for forthcoming artist opportunities.