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Alternative Night of Experimental Film

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An Alternative Night of Experimental Film is inviting submissions of short experimental films and moving image works that will compose the programme of an informal screening in an alternative music venue in Kingston upon Thames, London.

We are particularly interested in works by emerging filmmakers and artists based in London; the aim of the event is to create a platform for conversation and networking for those who are exploring the alternative creative paths through experimental cinema.

The theme is generally open but we are strongly interested in works that explore various aspects of human experience, including identity, culture, and perception, looking to present a programme comprising of diverse voices and original visions.

Additionally we encourage submissions of works that use music, sound design, or dance as a significant element. As the films will be presented in a small music venue we are hoping to create a space for networking between individuals working with film, sound, and music, and to encourage future collaborations.

We are aware of limitations of access and challenges of both the film industry and the art world and our mission is to support the emerging talent in the field of moving image as a multidisciplinary endeavour, creating a community that provides space for growth and mutual encouragement.

If you’ve ever had to explain what you do to someone only familiar with narrative and mainstream filmmaking, and found yourself saying: “I make weird and meaningful short films” you should submit to our showcase.

Awards & Prizes

This is a non-competitive showcase of the best recent short experimental films with informal networking opportunities.

Rules & Terms

Films should be no longer than 15 minutes.

We encourage submissions from students, recent graduates, or those without formal film education.

Films have to be in English language or be subtitled in English. All films with dialogue are asked to provide a subtitle file.

Films should not be older than 3 years (should be produced after January 2018).

Currently we will prioritise submissions from filmmakers based in London who will be able to attend the screening event. In the future, along with the development of the festival's platform we would like to open up to other UK-based and international submissions.

Date and location of the screening:

Wednesday 25 August 2021

The Fighting Cocks Bar & Venue, 56 Old London Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6QA

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Best short experimental films by London-based emerging creators. We invite everyone interested in film, art, and music to come and meet like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere. Promoting conversation, celebrating creativity, and building a supportive community around alternative filmmaking are our aims. An opportunity to watch the most impactful recent moving image works which explore identity, culture, and perception through experiments with image and sound. Stay with us after the screening and meet potential future collaborators, or just make friends.

Prize summary: 
non-competitive showcase
Deadline: 
08/15/2021

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Wells Art Contemporary 2021

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For its 10th edition, Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) received over 3,500 submissions from 1,800 creatives hailing from 45 different countries. Established in 2012 by artists for artists, Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an open competition for innovative visual art. 

This year’s judges, artists Amanda Loomes, Jonathan Yeo, Simon Periton and Will Nash had the difficult task of dwindling down the shortlist. Ultimately, they selected 91 artworks, which showcase the very best in contemporary art in the UK and across the world. There will also be 28 installations which were designed specifically for the Cathedral and its grounds. 

All of the shortlisted works will be displayed in the much-anticipated WAC exhibition, returning to Wells Cathedral from Saturday 28 August to Sunday 26 September. There will also be a virtual version of the exhibition starting from Monday, 2nd of August.

The exhibition will coincide with the installation of a brand-new piece by world-famous sculptor Antony Gormley, best known for his Angel of the North. Cast in iron and just over life-size, the work will be unveiled on the West Front of Wells Cathedral.

With the support of Arts Council England, the Wells Art Contemporary exhibition will be available:

  • online from Monday 2 August,
  • at Wells Cathedral from Saturday 28 August to Sunday 26 September. The 91 artworks will be exhibited in the cloisters and the 28 art installations throughout the Cathedral. 

The exhibition is free to see.

For further information, please visit www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

Prizes Details: 

The following prizes will be awarded to outstanding works in the WAC 2021 exhibition:

  • Howden Art Award: £2,000 awarded to one artist selected by Howden Group.
  • People’s Choice Prize: £500 awarded to one artist selected by visitors of the exhibition.
  • Grace Student Awards: £100 each to three students and free entry to first 100 students, awarded by Tracey Grace. 
  • Somerset Art Works Festival Award: an entry in the Somerset Art Works Festival 2022 with curatorial support, and 1-year SAW Membership.
  • JGM Gallery Prize: works by selected artists will be showcased online by JGM Gallery.
  • NG Creative Art Residency: a two-week placement at the NG Art Creative Residency in Eygalières, Provence.
  • Parker Harris Mentoring Prize: one-to-one mentoring covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist.
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Open Call: Group Exhibition in London

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This open call invites artists of all disciplines to join a group exhibition that will take place at Craft Central London in September 2021. Curated by Seray Ozdemir and organized by Anna Kolosova and Melissa Vipritskaya Topal, the exhibition will explore the theme of boredom. 

Working to optimize for and invest in the future has become our mode of being, yet the constant precarity and insecurity we are being subjected to by market forces mean that we can’t even begin to see what’s two steps ahead of us. The digital devices of diversion ensure that we are never present in the present either. We are so used to being simultaneously stimulated by various types of media to the point where not multitasking feels unnatural. To most, the idea of actually doing nothing sounds foreign if not completely implausible or even anxiety-inducing, as maybe we started finding comfort in exhausting our receptors too much to leave space for self-reflection.

Audre Lorde teaches us that if the revelation and distillation of experience and feelings have become a luxury, then we have given up our power and we have given up the future of our worlds. If today, our perpetual state of severe ennui and mental fatigue makes achieving self-awareness a luxury; then we propose embracing boredom as a resistance technique. Inviting boredom into our lives collectively would mean rejecting the neoliberal achievement-obsessed mentality and disengaging ourselves from the ethos of never-ending productivity. Borrowing from Lorde, we acknowledge boredom as a tool for tangible action and change; therefore, a route to freedom.

 

Let us affirm together: Boredom is not a luxury.

 

KEY DATES

Submission Deadline: 22nd August 2021

Installation Day: 30th August 2021

Exhibition: 31st August 2021 - 4th September 2021

Private View: 3rd September 2021

Deinstallation Day: 5th September 2021

ENTRY GUIDELINES

All mediums are accepted.

Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Applicants should submit no more than 4 images of their artwork.

There is a one-off entry fee of £10 payable to cover exhibition costs.

International artists are encouraged to apply, however, they are responsible for all postage and customs fees relating to their work.

The cost of delivering the artworks to the exhibition space and back is the responsibility of the artist, along with any insurance.

The sales of artworks will be at the artist’s discretion.

We will not be imposing the restriction of sharing a commission with us, however, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Prize summary: 
Exhibition opportunity in London
Deadline: 
08/22/2021

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£10
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OPEN CALL - RAKE COMMUNITY 2021: PRACTITIONERS-IN-RESIDENCE

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Calling artists, researchers, writers, data analysts, journalists, activists, academics, scientists, community groups, curators, photographers, poets and everyone else to submit to RAKE Community 2021: Practitioners-in-Residence!

RAKE Community is an autonomous platform for practitioners to develop research-based visual enquiries. It aims to build a framework for socially and politically driven projects while promoting accessible exchange outside of traditional routes or institutions.

After an intensive two-month collaboration initiative in 2020 followed by a year of fascinating takeovers on the community Instagram page, we are pleased to launch the second iteration of the programme which will take the form of a series of digital residencies on the platform throughout the rest of 2021.

The selected practitioners will be designated one month to carry out their own solo research on Instagram, where each will be expected to present a series of posts showcasing the development of their research - no formal outcomes are required. Practitioners will be encouraged to communicate, critique and collaborate with one another throughout the entire period, with the support of RAKE members.

Applicants are asked to consider the theme (IN)VISIBILITY - which seeks to capture the duality between the visible and the obscured, wherever it may occur. Encompassing secrecy, in-between spaces, that which is ’hidden in plain sight’, and the visualisation of the unseen.

We are particularly interested in proposals that are of an investigative nature; that are politically-, socially- or data-driven; or that critically utilise new online tools or open-source inquiry techniques and technologies. 

The programme will include regular feedback sessions and communication with RAKE members and fellow selected participants. Practitioners-in-residence will also be invited to join the RAKE Community online workspace for ongoing feedback and support from a growing network of artists, writers and researchers, and will have the opportunity to contribute a piece for RAKE Post during their residencies.

Practitioners/ collectives of all disciplines and at any stage in their careers who want to experiment with new processes of interdisciplinary research and visual expression are invited to apply. Proposals are encouraged from all over the world. We especially welcome submissions from underrepresented voices. Unfortunately, as RAKE Community has no external funding, it's not possible for us to offer funding for practitioners-in-residence (or ourselves as facilitators) during this year’s program.

Deadline: 
08/22/2021

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INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ART, ArtMaze Magazine Edition 24

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Art Maze Magazine is an independent artist-run and ad-free specialist international print publication dedicated to discovering and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art, which reflects modern society and its environment, provokes conversation and action; fosters innovation and diversity of mediums which make today’s art scene so intriguing and versatile.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists are welcome to submit works in any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textile, installation, any mixed media, digital, performance and film (only jpg + link to video) etc. All visual art mediums are welcome.

Artists or any art organisations on behalf of artists from all countries are welcome to submit their works for consideration.

There is no specific theme for this call for art.

DISTRIBUTION: Physical and digital copies of ArtMaze Mag are distributed worldwide via select bookshops, galleries and through ArtMaze’s online store. More info: https://artmazemag.com/shop/

DEADLINE: August 5th, 2021 (12:00 AM, midnight: end of the day 5th August – Eastern Standard Time) 

GUEST CURATOR: Harper Levine, founder of Harper’s (www.harpersgallery.com), New York

HOW TO APPLY: www.artmazemag.com/call-for-art

Selected artists will be asked for high resolution images and will be published in the next print and digital issue of ArtMaze Magazine. Each selected artist will receive a 2-page spread in print and digital magazine including bio&statement, website, and 2-5 featured artworks. All published artists will receive a complimentary digital issue of the magazine and will be promoted on our website/social media. Physical copies of Art Maze Magazine are printed to the highest quality in United Kingdom.

Deadline: 
08/05/2021

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£35
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - CF TALENTS 2021

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Chambre Fluide is an international online Magazine launched in April 2020 that explores Visual Culture within our contemporary society. 

We thought of this digital space like an imaginary and fluide room - hence the name of the magazine - that, little by little, is being filled with pieces we find relevant, curious and intriguing. 

We are now calling out to all artist for our second edition of CF talents 2021, and we are looking for creatives all across the visual practices such as Fashion, Cinema, Photography, Graphic Design, Architecture and Contemporary Art, to be promoted through this section. 

We would like to invite you to submit your work and to let us know more about your background, research, and your main interests. We will give priority to creatives involved in Cinema/Video Art, Fashion and Graphic Design.  

Due to the high number of submissions and CF's accurate editorial line, not all submissions will be published. 

The deadline for submissions is August 16, 2021

>> Free submission / we do not charge any fees either to those who apply or to those who are selected and published. 

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We are going to take a few weeks to review the applications. We will get back to you shortly to inform you about the result. 

Thank you for your interest in Chambre Fluide Magazine! 

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CF Editorial Team :)

Deadline: 
08/16/2021

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