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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes: Call for Entries

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Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition for 2D and 3D artworks in any medium, excluding photography and film. Developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government, Wales Contemporary seeks to celebrate all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is inspired by its ancient heritage, art history, traditions, landscape (rural, urban or political) and contemporary culture.

Following the close of the call for entries on Tuesday 14 April 2020, the submissions will be judged by a selection panel including artist Basil Beattie (RA), painter Gerda Roper, and sculptor Sebastien Boyesen. The subsequent exhibition will be displayed at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, South Wales from 13 June – 18 July 2020. It will then tour to the Senedd and Pierhead Building, Cardiff from 5 August – 10 September 2020.

Prizes: 

All exhibitors will be invited to a private view and prizegiving at the Waterfront Gallery on 12 June 2020 when the following prizes will be presented:

1st Prize – £4,000

Highly commended 2-dimensional work – £2,000

Highly commended 3-dimensional – £2,000

Young Artist Prize (25 and under) – £1,000

Prize for artists born, educated or resident in Wales – £1,000

The following prize will be presented during the touring exhibition at the Senedd in Cardiff:

Public choice – £1,000

Deadline: 
04/14/2020

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£15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three.
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Call for Artists - Wotisart #35 (February 2020)

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Wotisart is a portfolio magazine. Our goal is to allow unknown artists an avenue to show their work and gain some recognition in the industry and also to answer the question... What is art? We are now taking entries for the February issue of Wotisart?

 

Deadline: 
01/28/2019

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Free
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Linger an exhibition of Sitting Places

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16 May – 9 September 2020 

Following on from the hugely successful summer 2019 Art Unbound exhibition, the Rococo Garden, in Painswick, Gloucestershire, is staging ‘Linger’ – an exhibition of ‘sitting places’ – for summer 2020. We are putting a call out to artists, designer-makers and artisans for imaginative approaches to the creation of garden seating. The work will complement the spirit of the Garden and encourage appreciation of its character. As such ‘Linger’ will be an invitation for visitors to take the weight off their feet and while away time as they soak up the beauty of their surroundings.

We will produce a map to accompany the exhibition, which will be advertised locally and nationally. All works will be for sale, unless an artist stipulates otherwise. Works, if sold, must remain in the Garden until the end of the exhibition. Artists are responsible for the transport, installation and de-installation of their pieces. 

BRIEF
These sitting places should be made from the kind of materials that would have been available in the 1740s and, where possible, locally sourced. We are open to all kinds of interpretations. The pieces selected will be for sale. As such, we are looking for a range of work, from high-end conceptual installations to affordable, functional pieces.

NARRATIVE for reference
Back in the 1740s, Benjamin Hyett designed an unusual garden to entertain his guests at Painswick House. This was a theatrical place, nestled in a hidden valley and perfect for holding intimate garden parties. It was a country gentleman's experimental creation, not the realisation of a horticultural dream. Instead of an orderly flower garden, this is a haven of peace and tranquillity to explore, sprinkled with quirky features ‘to tickle your fancy’.

Rococo describes a period of art fashionable in Europe in the 1700s, identifiable particularly in furniture and architecture. Some of the key features include highly ornamental decoration, the use of pastel colours and asymmetry. The art of the period often celebrated beauty and sexuality.

In England, this was a time when there was a certain ‘joie de vivre’ amongst the upper- middle classes. They showed off their wealth through indulging in the flamboyant and frivolous. Their gardens became the playroom of the house – spaces where they entertained and partied.

EXECUTION
We are inviting applications for imaginative, artistic approaches to seating, using materials readily available in the 1740s. Your piece must, therefore, be fit-for-purpose, i.e. strong, durable, appropriate for outdoor use and comfortable to sit on – and supplied ready to install. We have some felled green wood, mainly ash, onsite and would also be open to a discussion about the possibility of creating pieces in situ.

Prizes: 

An opportunity to exhibit and work will be on sale.

Deadline: 
02/01/2020

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FREE
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Sunny Art Prize 2020

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The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition, based in the UK, is a global platform offering art opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world,  including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest also gives the art prize-winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China. 

Accepted Media
Submissions are accepted from every country in the world and are all equally judged. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to enter the competition.
Entries may include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ceramic
  • Original Prints
  • Installation Art
  • Mixed Media (both wall-hung and three-dimensional)
  • Video Art (Including moving image, projected work, and digital installations)
  • Drawing

Size Restrictions

All 2D work such as painting, drawing, projected videos (including moving images and installation) must be 120x120cm in size max.

All three-dimensional work, including sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media artworks, must be 80x80x80cm max in size. Installation art (whether made of mixed media or digital) must be assembled on site at the exhibiting location and can reach 100x100x100cm max.

What Do We Look For?

We wish to find artists who are engaging with pressing contemporary issues.

Winners of previous editions did so by raising awareness of global issues and themes ranging from climate change, the current international debate regarding immigration and refugees to our perception of identity, gender, and much more.

Prizes: 

First Prize

  • £3,000
  • A public solo exhibition in London
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Second Prize

  • £2,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Third Prize

  • £1,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
     

The Prize Winners will be joined by 27 shortlisted artists in a group exhibition at the Sunny Art Centre, London. From these 27, 7 artists will be selected to exhibit their works at one of our partners’ galleries in China along with the three Prize winners

Deadline: 
06/30/2020

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from £30
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The World Illustration Awards 2020 are open for entries!

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Be ambitious, be seen, be celebrated

 

Presented by the AOI in partnership with USA based Directory of Illustration, the World Illustration Awards are presented in a refreshed format for 2020, offering illustrators the opportunity to have their most ambitious work seen and celebrated!

The Awards are open to professional and new talent illustrators living and working in any country in any format and media.

The competition is judged by an independent jury across ten exciting, refreshed categories representing work being made in the industry today. New categories include Book Covers, Science & Technology, and Design, Product & Packaging.

500 illustrators will be longlisted, and featured on the AOI Website.

200 shortlisted entrants will be presented in a digital and print publication sent to commissioners worldwide, and presented in a new-look exhibition at Elephant West, one of London’s most exciting cultural venues.

This incredible exposure often leads to new clients, commissions and illustration jobs.

The Overall Winners will be presented cash prizes sponsored by Winsor&Newton at the Awards Ceremony, to be announced alongside the Category Winners, who will each take home a coveted WIA Trophy. In addition, four Cross-Category Awards will be presented this year, including a new Innovation Award, recognising work that truly pushes the boundaries of the artform.

Deadline: 18 February 2020

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One of the ten Professional Category Winners will be named as the WIA2020 Overall Professional Winner. They will win a generous cash prize of £2,000 sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $4,330 US Dollars, including a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com

One of the ten New Talent Category Winners will be named as the WIA2020 Overall New Talent Winner. They will win a generous cash prize £1,000 sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a copy of the Directory of Illustration.

All 20 Category Winners (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive a WIA Trophy, an enhanced entry in the catalogue, a profile feature on the AOI website, and a complimentary AOI membership for one year with all the benefits this brings including business advice, discounted online portfolio and Varoom subscription.

20 Highly Commended Projects (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive a WIA Certificate.

Selected from any AOI Member shortlisted for WIA2020. The winner will receive a complimentary year-long membership plus folio, a copy of the Guide to Law and the current Directories, worth £296.95, a WIA Certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

All shortlisted New Talent entries will be eligible for the SAA Agents Award for New Talent, offering the winner a six month trial representation with one of the leading SAA Illustration agents, which will include mentoring and career development. During that time, the winner will also benefit from having their work showcased on the SAA’s website and across their social media platforms. The winner will also be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

The DI Award winner will receive a single page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $2,695 US Dollars. The program includes a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com plus a one-on-one consultation with a professional Directory of Illustration marketing consultant on how to best present your work to the American market. The winner will also be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

One shortlisted project will be selected for a new Innovation Award, to be awarded for a project displaying considerable innovation and experimentation with the artform. It will be judged by at least two jury members. The winner will be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

Deadline: 
02/08/2020

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£29 (GBP) per Single Entry // £49 (GBP) per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT) €34 (EURO) per Single Entry // €58 (EURO) per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT) $33 (USD) per Single Entry // $60 (USD) per Multiple Entry
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Call for Artists

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Call for artist collaborator with Chloe Dewe Mathews and The Ballad of Peckham Rye 
February – April 2020 (9 hours)  Honorarium: £150 Please note the honorarium is for the initial time required to develop a collaborative proposal.  
  
The Project 

Since 2013 artist Chloe Dewe Mathews has developed a body of work that explores the urban environment of the London Borough of Southwark and its rich community of African churches. Sunday Service (2013), commissioned by Tate Modern, explored the reinvention of architectural space in the urban environment, cataloguing a rapid shift from industrial to religious space, while its companion piece, Congregation (2015), looked more closely at the collective religious experience and the nature of expressive worship. Many of Dewe Mathews’s projects take years of preparation, however this body of work is unique in that it represents a sustained engagement with the specifics of her local area and its communities over an extended period.  

Dewe Mathews initially produced Sunday Service as a response to the remarkable fact that in 2011 Southwark had the highest density of African Christianity anywhere in the world outside Africa. Five years on, Dewe Mathews is interested to return to this subject and has been working with Dr. Andrew Rogers (Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology) at Roehampton University on new research that suggests the African population is now moving east, away from Southwark. Peckham has been going through the process of gentrification for over a decade and much anecdotal evidence from church leaders suggests that issues finding space are more keenly felt within the community than ever.  

TBOPR are seeking to commission Dewe Mathews to develop a new work that would use the research and questions posed in Sunday Service and Congregation as a starting point, from which to examine the specific nature of Pentecostal worship in Peckham today. As part of the commission we are seeking to develop a collaborative partnership with an artist whose practice explores similar themes and/or has a connection to local communities in Southwark, to ensure this project brings a necessary and relevant response to Peckham’s changing religious landscape. We envisage the collaboration will result in a co-authored work made in discussion with TBOPR and other members of the community. 

Sunday Service

Sunday Service (2013) C-type print photographic series, 150 x 120 cm and 76 x 61 cm  Sunday Service was commissioned by Tate Modern in 2013. The work was exhibited in the McAulay Gallery, Tate Modern, 28 May – 13 July 2014 and was accompanied by a free publication. 
http://www.chloedewemathews.com/sunday-service/ 

Located in small industrial estates, opposite railway stations, on busy high streets, in former office blocks and bingo halls, in 2011 there were said to be 240 African churches in the south London borough of Southwark, more than double the number of other types of churches in the area. Research by Roehampton University suggested that this represented the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa. Sunday Service explored the reinvention of architectural space in the urban environment, cataloguing a rapid shift from industrial to religious space, in this pocket of South London. The series combined portraits of people who use and have repurposed the buildings, with photographs of the spaces themselves, which act like collaged records of a local history. 

Congregation (2015)  
Three-channel video installation, commissioned by Tate Modern, first shown in 2015 at Bosse & Baum, Copeland Park Industrial Estate, London. With sound by Coby Sey. Duration: 08:57 http://www.chloedewemathews.com/congregation/ Link here: https://vimeo.com/user104036403/review/367755130/998d6787d3 Password - Congregation 

Congregation is a three-channel video installation exploring collective religious experience and the nature of expressive worship in south London’s African churches. The nine-minute piece, featuring a number of Pentecostal churches in Peckham and Camberwell, combines intimate footage of personal reflection, with large-scale shots of communal ecstasy. In a departure from her practice at the time, Dewe Mathews used moving imagery and sound, rather than still photography, to respond to the dynamic and multi-layered church experience. 

Dewe Mathews said: “I became increasingly interested in the range of spiritual experiences that people were going through on any given Sunday. It’s the fascinating question of how personal experience becomes something else when in a group - a collective experience. How we all influence each other, affect each other and feed off each other. I'm intrigued by congregations as a whole, sometimes performative, other times contemplative but each week a slightly different collective character emerges and it’s more than the sum of its parts.

Congregation was commissioned by Tate Modern and the first screening of the video installation was hosted by Bosse & Baum, a gallery based in an industrial estate on the site of a former church in Peckham. The video footage was projected directly onto the warehouse walls, referencing the building’s history as well as the strong audio visual presence in many of the churches she was working in. The original soundtrack was created by Coby Sey, using recordings made during church services.
 

Deadline: 
12/20/2019

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£150
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