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What Is Art lll | Open Call

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While some artists are keeping a very traditional approach to art, others are taking risks into the unknown and there has always been a constant debate about “What Is Art” and what makes it valuable. 

 

In contemporary world success can be seen in both approaches, great examples are Damien Hirst and David Hockney, two of the worlds most famous and richest artists and yet with such a different approach to contemporary art. 

 

The purpose of this exhibition is to create a dialogue between different approaches to contemporary art and to demonstrate that either way can be successful. 

 

This Exhibition Will Take Place At Our Newly Opened Space In Tower Bridge. 

 

The new space is located in Tower bridge, one of most iconic places in the world and the most visited place in the whole UK. 

 

The space is nestled between modern and classic London icons: The Shard 4 minutes away, Tower Bridge 1 minute away, London Bridge 2 minutes away. 

 

With a blend of traditional Victorian brick walls and a central private bar just for our audience, the space is unique in the whole city of London. 

 

There are no subject restrictions just a couple of guidelines. 

 

Submission Guidelines- Please read carefully.

 

To apply simply email us 3 images of your work (3 different works) Title_ Size_ Medium_ Price and a short bio, no more than 150 words at boomergallery@gmail.com. 

 

Eligible media but not limited: 

 

painting | sculpture | photography | digital art | Installation | video | prints | textile | illustrations | etc

 

To make a submission is absolutely free but we do charge a £165 fee for each  participating artist as we only charge 15% sales commission and that includes: 

 

printed catalogs | admin | graphic designer | champagne | caviar | professional photographer | hostess | security | bartender. 

 

Important dates: 

 

- the open call will run until 02 November. 

- artworks delivery date is 11 November. 

- the exhibition will run from 12 November until 18 November with a private view on 12 November- 6:00 to 9:00 pm at our gallery space in Tower Bridge London. 

 

Alternatives. 

 

We had a lot of enquires from foreign artists to exhibit with us but sometimes shipping the work to London in time might be a bit difficult in this challenging period, that’s why we’ve come up with an alternative! If you are one of the accepted artist and you find it hard to ship your work to us, you can send us photos of your work and we can print and frame it for you at no additional cost. 

 

We have 3 available sizes for the frame: 

 

32/32 cm

30/40 cm 

40/50 cm 

 

Event. 

 

This will be a physical event and it will take place in our new gallery space in Tower Bridge- London. 

 

Beverage.

 

Champagne, Cocktails and Beluga caviar. 

 

Important. 

 

As we run multiple open calls, please make sure you include in the email line the open call you apply for. 

 

Good luck to you all!

Deadline: 
11/02/2021

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Fee Detail: 
£165 only for the accepted submissions
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Derwent Art Prize 2022 - Now Calling for Entries

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Created in 2012 by Derwent, the fine art brand internationally renowned for its high-quality pencils, the Derwent Art Prize rewards excellence in contemporary graphic art. 

The Prize invites artists to submit the very best 2D and 3D artworks created in any pencil, including colour, water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal pencils.

Approximately 80 artworks will be selected for a show at gallery@oxo in London from 24th February to 6th March 2022.

Prizes totalling over £12,500 will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.

Key Dates

Tuesday 4 January 2022: Deadline for entries

Monday 17 January 2022: Artists notified of selectors’ decision

Wednesday 23 February 2022: Private View and Announcement of the Winners

Thursday 24 February 2022: Exhibition opens to the public at gallery@oxo

Sunday 6 March 2022: Exhibition closes

Prizes Details: 

Prizes

First Prize: £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products

Second Prize: £2,000

Young Artist First Prize (for artists under 25 years): £4,000 

Young Artist Second Prize (for artists under 25 years): £2,000

People’s Choice Award: £500

Deadline: 
01/04/2022

Entry Fee:

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£15 for the first work and £5 for each subsequent work. For artists aged 25 or younger: £5 for each work.
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Call for Artists: ‘COP26: Together For Our Planet’

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This project is a collaboration between Occhi Arts and Entertainment, a London and New York-based arts, PR & media platform based in London and New York, and Phoenix FTA Limited, a UK-based sustainability strategy consultancy. Inspired by the UK Creative Earth Competition, Occhi Arts and Entertainment and Phoenix FTA Limited are now opening the opportunity to young artists from around the world to creatively engage with key topics of concern at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. This initiative provides a wider audience of young artists with a renewed opportunity to visually express their views to world leaders and community stakeholders by producing 2D artwork (drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and photography) that supports at least one of the following themes:

1. Protect What You Love

Climate Change is giving rise to more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought in some regions, and an increase in the number, duration, and intensity of tropical storms. Glaciers are shrinking, plant and animal ranges are shifting or go extinct. Humans could save thousands of species from extinction if they act. ‘Protect What You Love’ encourages participants to express their concerns, highlighting what their hold dearly and want to protect from the effects of climate change.

2. A future beyond neoliberal capitalism?

With our societies forced into a truly deranged economic paradigm, one that landed us amid a terrifying climate emergency, it’s hard to imagine that the future of our human species lies beyond the patent immorality of neoliberal capitalism. A completely new system that puts equity and justice at its core is required. Young artists are invited to creatively express their interpretation of a “post-ecopathic” economic system via the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and photography.

Our Objective

Our objective is to foster and establish an inclusive young artists’ community that feels empowered to engage with global climate change politics by using their creativity, expressing their democratic voice, and participating in this vitally important discourse. We believe the project will help build a noteworthy platform to establish intergenerational collaboration with key stakeholders by raising awareness of COP26 and serve a cross-sectional analysis that will allow deeper insights into how Generations Z and Alpha perceive the severity of climate change. It fosters political engagement, participation in the democratic process, and voices intergenerational concerns.

Prizes Details: 

A final selection of works will be featured online and in a publication, to be produced after and in response to COP26 key outcomes. The featured artists and artworks will be announced approximately two weeks after the official deadline to ensure that our guest curators and editorial team give their full attention to each applicant’s work. Further updates and additional information will be posted on occhicontemporary.art and occhimagazine.com.

Deadline: 
11/12/2021

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OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS - REALISM

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We are now accepting submissions for our physical art exhibition ‘REALISM’.

Artists from all countries are welcome to submit their works for consideration. You are welcome to submit works in any medium. (painting, photography, printmaking, video art, installation, films, sculpting, mixed media, poems, illustration etc). The theme of the exhibition is OPEN.

Any artist from any background can submit any of their work. There is no charge to submit your application, please feel free to share your work with us. A fee (£250 per artist, not per artwork) is applied per artist once they have been selected for the exhibition.

The team will review all applications and the selected work will be announced in October and November 2021.

Prize summary: 
Win up solo exhibition and art supplies vouchers
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1st Prize - Solo Physical Exhibition in London

2nd Prize - Solo Virtual Exhibition

3rd Prize - Art Supplies Voucher from Cass Art

Deadline: 
11/03/2021

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
250
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OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS - MODUS

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We are now accepting submissions for our PHYSICAL art exhibition ‘MODUS’.

Artists from all countries are welcome to submit their works for consideration. You are welcome to submit works in any medium. (painting, photography, printmaking, video art, installation, films, sculpting, mixed media, poems, illustration etc). The theme of the exhibition is OPEN.

Any artist from any background can submit any of their work. There is no charge to submit your application, please feel free to share your work with us. A fee (£250 per artist, not per artwork) is applied per artist once they have been selected for the exhibition.

The team will review all applications and the selected work will be announced in October 2021.

Prize summary: 
Win up solo exhibition and art supplies vouchers
Prizes Details: 

1st Prize - Solo Physical Exhibition in London

2nd Prize - Art Supplies Voucher

3rd Prize - Solo Virtual Exhibition

Deadline: 
10/27/2021

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
250
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 11TH EDITION OF SCULPTURE IN THE CITY

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Sculpture in the City is an award-winning urban sculpture park which launches every year in June. A cultural initiative delivered by the City of London in partnership with 11 local businesses, it is sited in the EC3 (insurance district) area of the City, around the iconic towers of the Gherkin, the Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater), Lloyd’s building, 22 Bishopsgate as well as inside Leadenhall Market. The 11th edition of Sculpture in the City offers a very unique opportunity for sculptors, artists, designers and illustrators to not only submit across any one of the five primary categories which are: 3D Sculpture, 2D Graphic Installation, Audio & Visual, Hanging 3D Sculpture and Light & Sound. The call for submissions for the 11th edition of Sculpture in the City is now open for preexisting works that can be exhibited outdoors from May 2022 to May 2022. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27th October 2021.

Sculpture in the City has delivered 130 artworks over 10 editions successfully amplifying the urban context the show is delivered in; responding to and breathing life into the unique relationship between the historical City landscape and it’s iconic contemporary architecture.

In response to the success of the landmark 10th edition of the Sculpture in the City, we are keen to expand on the engagement with the unique landscape and structures that the City has at its disposal. We are very keen to look at broadening not only the scope of participation, but also the breadth of our reach to allow for a more inclusive and varied approach to representing contemporary public art within this context.

We are launching the open call for submission for the 11th edition of Sculpture in the City on the 27th September 2021 and are delighted to announce the expansion of the submission criteria. This is the submission page for the 3D Sculpture Category and only works that fulfill this criteria will be considered. If you are unsure, we encourage you to look at the submission criteria further down to see all categories listed.

The successful submissions will be on view for a year within one of London’s most iconic architecture areas. The artworks selected for installation are sited in dialogue with both the architecture and the artist.

In addition, Lacuna will organise a webinar for artists unable to join the 'in real life' tours to join online where they will have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will be recorded and shared online for anyone who is unable to attend. 

Tour 1 will take place on Friday 1st October 2021 at 3pm

Webinar will take place on Monday 18th October at 2pm

Tour 2 will also take place on Monday 18th October at 4pm

Tour 3 will also take place on Wednesday 20th October at 3pm

To register your interest, please email: office@lacuna-projects.com

Background:

None of the works in Sculpture in the City are here to stay, none are iconic statements; the pleasure is rather the unexpected interactions between works, places, people. [...] It is wholly different from the experience of rural sculpture parks, where monumental pieces stand proud and bold against open skies, yet nature always wins and remains the chief attraction. Here in the beleaguered post-pandemic city, sculpture transforms, cheers and heals.

Jackie Wullschläger - The Financial Times

The aim of the project is to use the Square Mile as a contemporary urban gallery space and to showcase cutting edge art in an area represented by the iconic contemporary towers as well as the layers of history nestled amongst these tall buildings.

The need for partnership between culture and commerce has never been greater with the City of London spearheading various projects to ensure the Lord Mayor’s vision to promote London’s creative energy and competitive strengths. Sculpture in the City is firmly established as a flagship cultural project and is deeply embedded within the ongoing cross-sector programme to deliver and champion projects/ activations that unite business and the creative industries in London.

Sculpture in the City is the City of London’s annual programme which sees public artworks placed amidst the iconic architecture of the City Cluster. The latest outdoor exhibition, forming part of tenth anniversary edition is celebrated with works from 18 contemporary artists; including works by artists Laure Prouvost, Alice Channer, Eva Rothschild, Mark Handforth, Laura Arminda Kingsley, and Rosanne Robertson, among others, on display around the City’s famous buildings and public spaces. Spanning St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate to Fenchurch Street Station Plaza, Leadenhall Market to Mitre Square, this year’s edition will bring contemporary public artworks to the historic and modern spaces of the City.

The current exhibition has achieved extensive press coverage, https://www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk/press/ with a successful campaign led by Brunswick Arts, including The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Time Out London, The Londonist, City Matters, City AM, Something Curated and London Live.

A dedicated website www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk was launched in June 2018 featuring images and information about all the artworks to date as well as a downloadable map of the current edition.

Once a year, the City of London, that enclave of suits, power lunches and Peloton subscriptions plays host to some very non-smashing-Q3-type artworks. ‘Sculpture in the City’ invites artists to create striking public pieces that – crucially – sit outside the security-guard-defended lobbies of the venture capitalists. It’s a great chance to wander around the Square Mile and see it in a different light. Or just see it, full stop. 

Chris Waywell - TimeOut London

Historically:

The artworks exhibited have in the past primarily been 3D and have shown works in a broad variety of materials from marble, stone and metal to neon and light pieces as well as mixed media that may include fabric, ceramic and other contemporary materials. The works may be free-standing or may be shown suspended; for example, hung in Leadenhall Marketor in a tree, or fixed to a wall. This could be time-based art such as sound, film, digital or other media work. We have shown sound work in previous editions as well as film work, which in the current edition is shown on the largest ceiling-mounted LED screen in Europe at ca. 180 sq feet at 10 Fenchurch Avenue as well as a bespoke printed vinyl piece under the escalators of the Leadenhall Building, with both locations currently on view, as part of the 10th edition of Sculpture in the City.

We are also committed to including performance-related artworks. For the past three years, Sculpture in the City has been the associate programme partner to Whitechapel Gallery’s Nocturnal Creatures, a contemporary arts festival that brings together artist performances, music, films, talks and culinary experiences in the heart of the East End, especially the area between the Whitechapel Gallery, Leadenhall Market and Liverpool Street. As part of the 2021 programme, Sculpture in the City commissioned Stone (Butch) Undercurrents (2021) by Rosanne Roberston and 'Shells & Time' by Isabella Martin as part of Whitechapel Gallery’s Nocturnal Creatures.

The exhibition does not have a specific set theme and artworks are selected based on their own merit and their suitability (in terms of material, scale and style) to the urban context.

The Arts Advisory Group is sensitive to the current cultural concerns as well as the wider social and political context in which the exhibition is shown. There is a desire from the Arts Advisory Group to address issues including gender and equality issues, freedom, democracy and representation, belonging and climate concerns.

The project is sited in the public realm and seen by close to 500,000 visitors every year.

There are many potential sites in the area of varying size and conditions. The scale of the surrounding tall buildings calls for large scale works which have been shown very successfully to date. The prevalence of shiny monochrome buildings provide an ideal context for bold colour work. In addition, there are sites, such as the churchyards, which make ideal sites for smaller works. Over the years we have also hung works in Leadenhall Market, in trees, in alleyways, across lampposts, on the Lloyd’s building and on the The Leadenhall Building (Cheesegrater). The scope of the project, and the urban context, allows for sculpture to be showcased in the most contemporary fashion.

Weight and installation ease are often a defining factor as not many of the spaces have a large weight loading capacity and, in some cases, sites identified prove inaccessible.

Artists shown to date include:

1st Edition (2011-2012): Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Franz West, Kenneth Armitage

2nd Edition (2012-2013): Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Thomas Houseago, Michael Craig-Martin, Yayoi Kusama, Dan Graham

3rd Edition (2013-2014): Ryan Gander, Chapman Brothers, Robert Indiana, Antony Gormley, Keith Coventry, Petroc Sesti, Jim Lambie, Richard Wentworth, Shirazeh Housiary 4th Edition (2014-2015): Cerith Wyn-Evans, Jim Lambie, Richard Wentworth, Nigel Hall, Peter Randall-Page, Joao Onofre, Lynn Chadwick, Ben Long, Julian Wild, Paul Hosking

5th Edition (2015-2016): Kris Martin, Laura Ford, Adam Chodzko, Folkert de Jong, Xavier Vielhan, Sigalit Landau, Ekkehard Altenburger, Tomoaki Suzuki, Keita Miyazaki, Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, Bruce Beasley, Shan Hur

6th Edition (2016-2017): Anthony Caro, Gavin Turk, William Kentridge & Gerhard Marx, Lizi Sanchez, Ugo Rondinone, Recycle Group, Jurgen Partenheimer, Huma Bhabha, Petroc Sesti, Michael Lyons, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Enrico David, Jaume Plensa, Mat Collishaw, Sarah Lucas and Giuseppe Penone.

7th Edition (2017-2018): Daniel Buren, Fernando Casasempere, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, Damien Hirst, Kevin Killen, Paul McCarthy, Nathaniel Rackowe, Peter Randall-Page RA, Recycle Group, Bosco Sodi, Karen Tang, Gavin Turk, Mhairi Vari, Mark Wallinger and Gary Webb.

8th Edition (2018-2019): Marina Abramović, David Annesley, Shaun C Badham, Miroslaw Balka, Jyll Bradley, Tracey Emin CBE RA, Clare Jarrett, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Gabriel Lester, Sarah Lucas, Amanda Lwin, Jean-Luc Moulène, Michail Pirgelis, Thomas J Price, Richard Rome, Nancy Rubins, Sean Scully RA, Do Ho Suh and Karen Tang.

9th Edition (2019-2020): Salvatore Arancio, Reza Aramesh, Elisa Artesero, Shaun C Badham, Jyll Bradley, Nathan Coley, Marisa Ferreira, Leo Fitzmaurice, Kevin Francis Gray, Clare Jarrett, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Michael Lyons, Nancy Rubins, Nina Saunders, Jennifer Steinkamp, Do Ho Suh, Jonathan Trayte (Autumn 2019), Patrick Tuttofuoco and Lawrence Weiner.

10th Edition (2021-2021): Alice Channer, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Bram Ellens, Elisa Artesero, Eva Rothschild, Guillaume Vandame, Isabella Martin, Jake Elwes, Jun T. Lai, Laura Arminda Kingsley, Laure Prouvost, Mark Handforth, Mike Ballard, Oliver Bragg, Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen, Rosanne Robertson, Ruth Ewan, and Tatiana Wolska.

Selection Process:

Works submitted are shortlisted for consideration by the Arts Advisory Group: Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican Art Centre; Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Whitney Hintz, Hiscox Curator; and Andrea Schlieker, Tate Britain. In 2020 we also welcomed guest artist Thomas J Price, who exhibited in Sculpture in the City in 2018; and Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director, Iniva.

Following shortlisting by the Arts Advisory Group each artist and/or gallerist is invited for a site visit to identify which site(s) in the area are most suitable for showcasing the selected work.

When all shortlisted artwork sites have been identified the project team liaises with the landowners to obtain their approval for particular artworks to be shown on their land. The project team also takes care of health and safety, planning, engineering and installation requirements, and any other legal requirements the project needs to comply with.

We aim to confirm the final installation list in March 2022 and will be installing works in May and June 2022, with the official project launching on June 2022 - TBC

Conditions of Participation:

The works are on loan for 12 months (May 2022 - May 2023). The artworks must be suitable for outdoor display in the public realm for the entire period of display. The selected works will be subject to a loan agreement with the City of London Corporation.

Sculpture in the City covers shipping within the UK, installation, insurance and maintenance costs. Please note shipping from outside the UK will be considered but not guaranteed.

Sculpture in the City works exclusively with Mtec who ship and install all the artworks.

All artists and galleries participating receive full credit on all marketing and press material and are invited to the official Launch event and other associated events. For this 11th edition, each exhibiting artist will receive an artist’s fee of £750.

How to Submit Work for Consideration:

Submissions need to be made via curatorspace.com. If you have any questions, you can contact Arts Producer, Halime Özdemir at halime@lacuna-projects.com.

We encourage artists considering submitting work to visit the current exhibition to experience the project's dynamic urban context, as well as looking at past editions on the website. There are short film reviews of earlier editions available via the Sculpture in the City website. 

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An artist fee of £750 will be offered in honorarium to the selected entry.
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Entry Requirements:

The artwork(s) submitted need to be suitable for exhibiting outdoors in a busy urban environment and available from May 2022 to May 2023. Only fully completed submissions, relevant to the specified CATEGORY will be accepted.

The 11th edition of Sculpture in the City offers a very unique opportunity for sculptors, artists, designers and illustrators to not only submit across any one of the five primary categories which are:

3D Sculpture

2D Graphic Installation

Audio & Visual

Hanging 3D Sculpture

Light & Sound

We will only accept a maximum of three applications per artist, per category. Anything exceeding this will be automatically disqualified.

All artists and galleries participating receive full credit on all marketing and press material and are invited to the official Launch event and other associated events. For this 11th edition, each exhibiting artist will receive an artist’s fee of £750.

Deadline: 
10/27/2021

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
An artist fee of £750 will be offered in honorarium to the winning entry and Sculpture in the City will cover all other fees required to install the artwork i.e. reproduction, installation, insurance and the overall marketing and press campaign costs.
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