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Submission and exhibition calls.


Painting by Karthrin Longhurst hanging at Flinders Gallery.

Painting by Karthrin Longhurst hanging at Flinders Gallery.

Where: Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
When : March 31 to April 25, 2020
Curated by: Dr. Elaine Schmidt and Didi Menendez
Works Selected to Exhibit from the Curatorial by Claire Harris
Publication and Exhibition
Deadline: December 15, 2019

Press Consideration Deadline: October 15, 2019




Story Tellers is a call for paintings that tell a story. Such paintings may include references to topics such as the artist's personal life, culture, current political or social issues. We are looking for work that is highly conceptual and narrative. The images will be selected based on technical application, creativity, predictive power, and relevance to the call. 

The work should be painted in the figurative-realist style and must feature the human figure or figures. Depicted figures do not need to be identifiable persons. For a painting to be considered, it must be an original piece created specifically for this call. 

All the artwork selected by the curators will be published in the catalog and available to buy. Flinders Lane Gallery will select works from the publication to exhibit. Artists are responsible for shipping to and from the gallery in Australia. If the artist can not ship the work, it may still be submitted for the publication only. Select that option on the form below. All works regardless if they hang in the gallery or not should be available to sell. This is a call for NEW work. Therefore, the works should not be shown online or in a publication previous to submission. We will contact all artists selected to be published shortly after the deadline. Please note, we do not send out rejections.

The announcement with the list of artists selected for publication will be published on this page. Read our general guidelines before submitting.


Checklist of requirements for this call:

  • Is the artwork narrative?

  • Does the artwork include at least one human figure?

  • Is the work in the Figurative Realist style?

  • Is the work original and created specifically for Story Tellers?

  • Is the work available to sell?

Checklist of materials included in your submission:

  • High resolution images of the artwork (300 DPI and min 1500 pixels wide)

  • Text file with the specs of each artwork submitted (title each image per general guidelines).

  • Photo of yourself standing next to your submission (high resolution image)

  • CV containing a short artist statement, bio, and recent exhibition history along with any public collections your work is included in.

Consideration of the submission process ultimately is about the artwork. However, following the guidelines as close to the request above will ensure your entry is well received and thoroughly reviewed and enjoyed by the curators. We will do our best to reach out to you if something minimal is missing or if the link to your dropbox is not functioning.

If you are a yearly member or Patreon member, please use our universal form to submit your entries. If you are not a member please start your submission process by clicking here.



Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt is the co-curator of The Bennett Collection, a collection of contemporary figurative realist paintings of women that she co-created with her collaborator and spouse, Steven Alan Bennett.  She is a expert on early childhood education and a well-known presence among collectors of figurative realist paintings.


Claire Harris is the owner, Director and curator of Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. FLG is a dynamic inner city gallery with a vibrant and challenging program of exhibitions. The FLG stable is unified by a commitment to presenting high quality, exceptional artworks that demonstrate conceptual rigor, technical expertise and creative sensitivity. Claire has been the primary curator at FLG for the past 14 years.


Didi Menendez is a pioneer of the online publishing arena starting in the late 1990's. She is the publisher of PoetsArtists and curates exhibits throughout the USA and abroad.