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PHOTOGRAPHY OPEN CALL @ SIILK GALLERY, ATHENS

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Happy 2021 everyone! Eventually we are re-opening our doors this coming April and thus taking new submissions to exhibit at Siilk Gallery at our space in Athens, Greece space for the months June & July. 

Info about the gallery:

Our gallery is situated in the Exarchia / Neapoli area of Athens, Greece on a hip street “Askipilou”. The area is the center of art and culture in Athens, it has a thriving arts scene and community. Exarchia has an edgy alternative vibe, its streets decorated with politically charged murals and lined with anarchist bookshops and stores selling rare vinyl and vintage antiques. Bars and clubs host live music, including rembetika, jazz and punk acts. For night life and the arts, entertainment and contemporary culture it is the place to be in Athens, Greece.

The Gallery is an open plan 100sqm space with a small bar, library, chill area and small photography studio / projection room.

It is in a very central location with access from a main road, it is flooded with natural light and double glass frontage so it makes for a very bright exhibiting space.

How the exhibits work:

At Silk Gallery we offer 3m of wall space for a 1 month (4 week) exhibition. You work will be curated alongside another 3/4 photographers from around the world to exhibit at our space. We will have an opening evening for each exhibition with press attendees, we will have private viewings as well as local and international coverage of each event event.

All works will be available for sale in the gallery and via the website online.

The exhibition program includes:

4 week exhibition at Silk Gallery
Private view/press viewings and other publicity
Design and printing of invitations, mail out and social media invites
Curation & Installation of works
Photography of work / installation to be featured online and in press
Featured work & artist information on www.siilkgallery.com and social medias
Opening event with music and drinks sponsor
Pop up events throughout the month at the gallery space

Payment & Pricing:

The price per 3m wall space is €300 for 4 weeks exhibition as well as having work featured in the online alongside and interview and shared on social media platforms and in local press. Shared with magazines, press and blogs as part of the press release. We take 0% commission on works sold.

If you are unable to attend the opening - works can either be delivered to Asklipiou 73, Athens, 114 71, Greece.

We can also organize printing in house and if you are looking for external funding we are happy to send an invitation after confirmation of exhibiting to support any applications.

The works will be reviewed by the gallery curator and advisor, we will try to reply to everyone who submits works.

Deadline: 
01/31/2021
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THE QUEER ARCHIVE FESTIVAL 2021

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Introduced to the Athenian cultural scene in 2020 by the creative platform The Queer Archive with the support of Onassis Stegi, “The Queer Archive Festival” is looking forward to a strong comeback in May 2021 to celebrate the rich and vibrant queer culture of the city of Athens and beyond.

The second edition of “The Queer Archive Festival” will take place in a variety of traditional and alternative spaces within the centre of the city. In recent years, the Greek capital has grown into a genuine queer arts kernel. This burgeoning queer art scene does not only challenge dominant narratives, but also revels in the margins and the growing popularity of the fringes.

We invite submissions from contemporary artists, creators, scholars and curators working with moving image, performance, installations and any creative medium. Particularly, we seek radical, engaging, provocative, playful and visceral artworks dealing with gender identity in most different ways. The submissions can be of already produced works or original proposals specifically for “The Queer Archive Festival” and have to be created by, for, about, or of interest to queer audiences. We do not suggest a specific theme for our festival editions, so that all applicants feel free to communicate their ideas, no holds barred. Each artist tells a personal story and we wish to provide a free platform for all.

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 virus guidelines and its impact on the festival circuit. The Queer Archive is bound to comply with any new protective measures against Covid-19 transmission.

Deadline: 
12/20/2020

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Open Call for participations – 11th Dance Days Chania

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The international contemporary dance festival “Dance Days Chania”, continues empowered and awakened investing in human more than ever, in a peculiar time period for life and arts.

Notions like physicality, proximity, loneliness, exclusion and many more, are getting re-approached, tested, placed or suggested into the creative process, not as facts anymore, but as “materials”, values and principles for exploration and defense. In this old-new world, when crisis turns into an opportunity for vigilance, individuality and collaboration, Dance Days Chania insists in offering space to creativity, expression and communication. Aiming at the presentation of the different approaches of the contemporary Greek and international dance scene and the shaping of an artistic program in need for extroversion and expertise, the 11th Dance Days Chania festival marks its beginning with the Open Call for submissions with a performance and/or a workshop proposal.

Dance Days Chania is being organized by Syn-Kinisi Association of Expressive Dance since 2011 with volunteer work of its members, having as a co-organizer the Municipality of Chania. In past editions the Region of Crete and KEPPEDICH-CMA have been co-organizers. The last few years, DDC receives the support of national and international institutions and organizations (J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, Flux Laboratory Athens, American Dance Abroad etc.) as well as embassies. In 2017 Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been major donor of the festival. Finally, for some editions the festival has received the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.

DDC has received the EFFE Label 2017-2018 & 2019-2020 certification by the European Organization EFA.

Its program consists of performances, workshops, site specific projects, the Video Dance section, the “New creators in the city” section, lectures and more.

Proposals’ submission: October 1st 2020 – December 6th 2020

Possible dates of realization: 16.07 – 28.07.2021

We thank you in advance and looking forward to your proposals!

Deadline: 
12/06/2020

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Balkans Today. Photography Open Call | 3rd BCK Film Symposium

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For its 3rd edition, Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium creates a new sector dedicated exclusively to photography! We are pleased to announce the launch of  an open call for photography projects that will be shown in a pop-up exhibition and in curated projections in different locations in Exarchia neighbourhood in Athens, Greece during October 9th-18th, 2020. 

We invite emerging and established photographers and artists of any age and geographic location to submit lens-based works in a form of photographic series (12 pictures max.) exploring the theme of the open call:  Balkans Today. The present of a wounded landscape.

Aiming to foster connections between the Balkan countries on a contemporary cultural level, we are looking for works that reflect – beyond stereotypes – on the present of the wider Balkan area and its history. We are interested in highlighting the contradictory elements that co-exist in this mountainous region at the southeastern end of the European continent, where ancient ways of life get interrupted by modern day conflicts, where the last wild rivers of Europe are becoming the newest tourist spots and the focal point of growing economic interests, where the communist heritage is turning into capitalist speculation, where life gets re-invented everyday.

SUBMISSIONS:

7-12 images (jpg, 4000px long side, 300dpi, rgb – name your files as SURNAME-name_01.jpg)

Project statement (150 words – name your file as SURNAME-name_statement.pdf)

Short bio (150 words, include contact data and social media links – name your file as SURNAME-name_bio.pdf)

Entry deadline:  September 14th, 2020

Submission is free of charge.
BCK will take care of the production costs*.

Selected works (up to 20) will be shown and screened in different locations in the historic central neighbourhood of Exarchia in Athens. The works will be shown in shop windows of cultural centers, galleries, bookshops, stores and cafes  in the form of a small-scale photo festival. Viewers will be invited to explore the exhibition and the neighbourhood  following a map especially designed for the event.

*Balkan Can Kino is a self-organised and collectively run artistic project, running on a low-budget and on a voluntary basis. Our organisation has a DIY spirit, but we guarantee that we take care of all the details for well curated events. Unfortunately at the moment we can’t offer tickets or accommodation to the selected artists, but  if you wish to come visit we will be pleased to offer accommodation tips and meet you! 

DISCLAIMER: By submitting to the open call, photographers acknowledge:
– they own the copyright of the pictures submitted and that they don’t violate the rights of a third party.
– they give the right to Balkan Can Kino to publish a selection of their images on online and print media in order to promote the exhibition and the 2020 Film Symposium.

Feel free to contact us for any questions & to share this call with people that might be interested.

Organised & curated by:
Evi Stamou (film director)
Penelope Thomaidi (documentary photographer)

Deadline: 
09/14/2020
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Siilk Gallery Solo Show Art Prize

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SIILK GALLERY are pleased to announce the first edition of our photography award, with a cash prize, online feature / artist interview, culminating with a 2 week solo show at our gallery in Athens, Greece. The SIILK Gallery Photography Award is available to photographers and photo based artists around the world working in all methods, genres, and styles. We are looking to support photographers whose work is quality, progressive, and contemporary. We promote originality, free expression, and are against banality and the commercialization of human creativity.

 

Prizes Details: 

AWARDS:

1st place: Solo Exhibition at Siilk Gallery, Cash Prize towards flights and printing costs, Online Feature/ Interview

Runner up: Inclusion in a group show at our gallery in Athens & Online Feature / Interview

Finalists 3-5: Finalists will be offered an online feature / interview

A jury of industry professionals from various backgrounds will select and vote on the prize winners.

Info about the gallery:

SIILK is situated in the Exarchia / Neapoli area of Athens, Greece. The center of art and culture in Athens, it has a thriving arts scene and community. Exarchia has an edgy alternative vibe, its streets decorated with politically charged murals and lined with anarchist bookshops and stores selling rare vinyl and vintage antiques. Bars and clubs host live music, including rembetika, jazz and punk acts. For night life and the arts, entertainment and contemporary culture it is the place to be in Athens, Greece. Neapoli is the more affluent, hipster and young professionals place of choice in the city, and our gallery is located right between these two areas.

Exhibition includes:

Solo exhibition at our gallery space in Athens, Greece in December 2020

Private view, press viewings and other publicity organised by SIILK

Design and printing of invitations, mail out and social media invites

Photography of work for catalogue, website, press and online store

Featured work & artist information on www.siilkgallery.com and social media

Eligibility:

The competition is open to all living artists, with no limitations on age, location or experience.

Entry Fee:

The entry fee is €15 for up to 3 images. Submission fees are nonrefundable and go towards the administrative costs of allocating the awards.

Dates:

Entry Deadline: Sep 30th, 2020

Artists Notified: Oct 10th, 2020

Copyright:

Artists must maintain all copyrights to submitted work. SIILK declines any responsibility to copyright infringement.

Jurors:

Daniel Peace: Daniel Peace is a photographer, curator, and the founder of SIILK gallery from Newcastle, UK.

His debut exhibitions took place at Hoxton Gallery (UK) and the Royal academy of Art (UK). Since 2015, he has exhibited in and curated throughout North America and Europe.

He has photographed designers at Berlin, Paris, and Mexico City Fashion Week, as well as shooting editorials and lookbooks for designers around the globe. His work has been featured in Féroce, Notion, Noctis, Dazed, i-D, Kaltblut, Autré, Vice, Spindle, Crom, Vogue Britain, and many more.

After living in London, Berlin, and Mexico City, he moved to Athens, Greece in 2019 to open SIILK gallery, with the aim of promoting visual artists who are under-represented within the traditional system.

Giselle Fryatt: Born in the United States, Giselle Fryatt is an award winning creative producer, curator, and art advisor at SIILK Gallery.

Having curated exhibitions and art fairs in the USA, UK, France, Germany, and Luxembourg, she has collaborated with artists, independent, galleries, and cultural institutions across Europe and the United States.

With a focus on collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches, her work has been featured at festivals, galleries, and pop-up spaces around the world. She seeks to support creative practitioners whose work contributes to a critical cultural and societal discourse.

She currently lives between the USA and UK.

Prize summary: 
Solo show at Siilk Gallery, Online feature
Prizes Details: 

AWARDS:

1st place: Solo Exhibition at Siilk Gallery, Cash Prize towards flights and printing costs, Online Feature/ Interview

Runner up: Inclusion in a group show at our gallery in Athens & Online Feature / Interview

Finalists 3-5: Finalists will be offered an online feature / interview

A jury of industry professionals from various backgrounds will select and vote on the prize winners.

Deadline: 
09/30/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
€15 entry fee, submission of 3 images and bio
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HELEN OF SPARTA eResidency

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Intensive 4-day virtual residency + workshop + public presentation for visual, multimedia and interdisciplinary artists, jewellery and fashion designers who work - or want to work - with textile art, story telling, mythology, performance

 

Helen, the mythical queen of Sparta, causes a merciless war after she falls in love with the enemy.

The "Helen of Sparta" eResidency aims at inspiring eight artists/writers/performers to develop their own updated version of the ancient Greek myth. The intensive four-day program addresses issues, such as misogyny, abuse, manipulation, fake news, armed conflict. The eResidents' work will be presented live online, in a video and an e-publication.

 

The eResidency program "Helen of Sparta" ambitions to introduce artists into the tradition of Greek art and culture, with a strong focus on narrative, Greek mythology, textile art, dress culture, women's history, performance and design.

 

The idea of the eResidency program reflects the tradition of 18th and 19th century travelers in Greece whose impressions greatly influenced artists and intellectuals in their own countries. Johann Joachim Winckelmann, archaeologist and founder of the Art History discipline, for example, never visited Greece, but developed his approach based on what he had read or heard from travelers. German poets Goethe and Hölderlin found inspiration in Greek antiquity without ever having visited the country. The rediscovery of "Greek aesthetics" in art, architecture and fashion, and the revival of  democracy in the age of enlightenment was more a product of imagination than of physical presence.

 

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the intensive workshop takes place exclusively online, including tele conference, live streaming, customized exercises and individual advice. The tightly scheduled monitoring and coaching program consists of lectures, slideshows and videos, visual notes, group meetings and personal chat.

 

Participants of the "Helen of Sparta" eResidency have the option to visit Greece (Athens or Arcadia/Peloponnes) in Summer/Fall 2021.

 

Details:

 

Developing a narrative and a story board, a performance concept and a choreography or an action script for an easy-to-do-it-yourself video is the feasible outcome of the workshop.  

Participants develop the concept, write the script, shoot and cut their video, even without prior knowledge or experience.

Participants’ videos will be published online and shared via the social media.

Text and photographic material will be published in SMCK Magazine (www.smck.com). A live streaming presentation of participants' work will also be scheduled instead of the usual (physical) exhibition opening.

 

Total of hours (Workshops/coaching):

 

• Workshop (21 hours)

• Performance:  8 hours

• From Greek mythology to narrative: 4 hours

• Video scenario: 3 hours

• Easy video techniques: 2 hours

• From Greek crafts (textile, jewellery, ceramics) to contemporary design: 2 hours

• Objects as performance inspiration: 1 hour

• Individual coaching: 2 x 30 minutes/artist.

• Homework required: 3 hours/day

 

Each session is one hour maximum with intermissions in between.

 

Reference: A similar eResidency - Helen's Dress - exclusively designed for and funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, was realized by FaveLAB's Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards in June 2020.

 

For project documentation, please see:

Helen's Dress filpbook

Article on Klimt02

Vamvakou Revival Homepage

 

 

Duration of residency:   Four days.  The eResidency starts on Thursday morning and ends on Sunday afternoon. The eResidency dates are:  

 

Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 October 2020    OR   Thursday 22 - Sunday 25 October 2020

 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance:  Visual artists, textile artists, jewellery artists and designers, fashion designers, writers, performers, dancers, choreographers. Daily workshops on mythology, history of culture, performance, Greek crafts, Greek traditional dress, narrative and performance guide artists to prepare their own story, performance and objects.

 

Accommodation / studio / workspace:   The eResidency participants stay & work in their own place. A good internet connection (tele conference, live streaming) is necessary.

 

Support:  We give letters of support to selected artists who wish to apply for funding. We do not provide funding.

 

Expectations towards the artist: Participants are asked to deliver a performance video and photo material of their work plus a short text profile (150 words). Text and pictures will be published in SM*CK Magazine.

 

Number of participants/eResidents:  minimum four - maximum eight artists.

Prize summary: 
320,00 € paid by each partipant.
Prizes Details: 

The price covers the program mentioned above.

Deadline: 
09/27/2020
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