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Open Call: Fibre

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Open Call: Fibres

Seeking artistic responses to the theme of Fibres.

​Textile making traditions spans global cultures as one of the earliest human technologies. It has been a staple in industry, fashion, craft and decorative arts throughout the ages but it particularly made a resurgence in the 1960s back into the contemporary art world. Since then Fibre and textile arts have been developing new forms and language -becoming more conceptual and cross-disciplinary, even into this digital age.

​We're are seeking works that explore (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • Textiles (Fibre art, Ecology, Upcycling, Craft, Natural vs Synthetic materials, Traditional vs contemporary methods of making, Materiality, Cross-disciplinary art)

  • Technology (Fibre optics, making and machinery of modern textiles, video/film, animation, VR, 3D printing, digital responses to textiles and fibres)

 

We are particularly interested in works that cross over between the two but this is not essential. Works can explore their own themes but there must have a link to the idea of textiles, materiality or fibres in some form.

​This will accumulate in a group exhibition that will explore the the relationship between textiles and technology; between the ecology and the digital that will take place in March 2023.

​£5 per piece to enter. Deadline to apply: 4th Feb 2023

Location: 
AIR Gallery, 30 Grosvenor Road, Altrincham, WA14 1LE
Deadline: 
04/February/2023

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£5
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Call for Exhibition Proposals

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A brand new initiative launched as part of AIR Gallery. Micro is a scaled down gallery space. The space may be small but the ideas will be big (if it fits, its sits!).

The space consists of three main walls with a small side wall; plus outdoor wall space for framed pieces. This space can be used to showcase small works, sculpture or turned into a cinema room for video works.

It's free to apply. Successful applicants will pay a small rental on the space £5 a day, £20 a week. This space will also be available for free to our associates to use.

This initiative is to coincide with AIR Gallery's scheduled exhibition programme. The space is open Wed-Fri 11-6pm and Sat 12-5pm.

If you would like to enter a proposal; please download the pack at our website along with the floorplan.

Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and artists contacted at the start of each month with the outcome of their application.

Location: 
AIR Gallery, 30 Grosvenor Road, Altrincham, WA14 1LE
Deadline: 
31/December/2022

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AIR Open 2022

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Calling all Artists: AIR Open 2022

Applications for the annual AIR Open 2022 are now being taken! This is open to any artist, any theme, any location and will be for a physical group show taking place July-Aug 2022.

​It costs £5 per piece to enter and you can enter up to three works for consideration. Around 20-30 works will  be chosen for the exhibition. You will receive a paypal request for the entry fee within 48 hours of submitting. If you are a low income artists based in the UK; there is the opportunity to get your entry fee refunded if you volunteer during the exhibition.

​Deadline 19th June

​​Selection by the 26th June. Artwork must be available to deliver between the 29th Jun-10th July.

Prize Summary: 
£1000
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Up to £1000 in cash prizes to be won, plus mentoring, sponroship and respresentation from other North West Galleries and organisations. Winners will be invited back for a show in 2023.

Deadline: 
19/June/2022

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Open Call: Humour

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AIR Gallery are seeking artworks relating to the theme of humour and joy. With everything that has happened and is currently happening  in the world; we want to shift the focus to something positive.

We are seeking works that can be (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Joyfulness and Happiness
  • Laughter 
  • Comedy and Humorous outlooks
  • Physical and Slapstick humour
  • Improvisation
  • Surreal humour
  • Topical humour
  • Dark Humour, Irony, Wit and Satire

​Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. There is no limit on medium and no cost to take part.

​All works must be complete and ready to show for May. Deadline is 17th April midnight GMT. 

Deadline: 
17/April/2022

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Open Call: Expanded Painting

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AIR Gallery are seeking applications for our first open call of 2022 on the theme of 'Expanded Painting.' We're particularly interested in painting cross-overs with other creative mediums and works that push the boundary of what painting is today. 

This is open to any artist, any location and will be for a physical group show taking place Feb-March 2022.

It costs £5 per piece to enter and you can enter up to three works for consideration. Between 20-30 works will be chosen for the exhibition. You will receive a paypal request for the entry fee within 48 hours of submitting. This will need to be paid before the deadline for your application to be considered.

Deadline 5 January 2022 midnight GMT.

Selection by the 12th January.

Artwork must be available to deliver between the 17 Jan-5 Feb.

 

Prize Summary: 
£1000
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Up to £1000 in cash prizes available to be won

Deadline: 
05/January/2022

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£5
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Calling all 2020 North West UK graduates

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Calling all 2020 North West Graduates!

Best of 2020

This year has been a pretty bad year and we want to launch 2021 off with a better start and a brand new show featuring 20 wonderful and talented graduates from across the North West.

We know many of you have not been able to have a physical degree show this year, or even have the chance to complete your final degree pieces due to the lack of access to facilities and support. We want to provide you the chance to get your work seen in a group show at AIR Gallery in March-April 2021 as a way of celebrating of the graduating class of 2020.

It is free to submit your work to this opportunity and you can submit up to 3 works for consideration. Ideally we would like to either be: your degree work, a response to this year or something you've made this year that hasn't been seen physically.

Each selected artist will recieve £100 towards transportation/preparation of their work. Prizes available to be won, sponsors to be annouced shortly. 

A selection of those unselected for the physical show will be showcased in a virtual exhibition runing alongside the main show.

What we are looking for:

The best of the best! It could be something new and exciting or a new take on a classic style. Don't hold back on us, submit your best stuff.

Any works that fall into the remit of contemporary art; this can but is not limited to painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation, collage, animation, photography, film, textile and printmaking.

Restrictions

You have to have studied at a university/educational institution in the North West. Please see our pack for full list of eligible institutions. 

You must have been in your final year of study at the start of 2020 and finished your course of study before Oct 2020.

BA & MA courses are eligible. 

The work must be complete and available for Mid-February 2021 ready to be delivered and installed March 2021. Dates may be subject to change due to local lockdowns.

Due to space limitations, we are asking all works to be under 1.5m max length on any one side.

Due to space limitations we can only take 20 applicants overall so please do not be disheartened if you do not get selected at this time. 

Please do not enter works that are homophobic, racist, toxic, pornographic or pedophillic.

Prize Summary: 
Up to £1000 in prizes available
Prizes Details: 

£500 AIR Award

£300 Short Supply Award

£100 Visitors Choice

£160 Sponsorship prize

Deadline: 
31/January/2021

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