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Open Call to The Mobile Library Magazine Volume 2 Issue 4: Sci-fi

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The Mobile Library provides a multi-digital exhibiting experience for artists and writers to showcase their work during the pandemic closures. Each publication is unique, pairing 6 artists and 6 writers together at different stages in their career to build a collaborative experience.

We are excited to announce Volume 2 will take on themes of the supernatural, spiritual, and mythological with Issue 4 seeking 6 artists and 6 writers that explore our theme of 'Sci-fi'. Themes include - but are not limited to - technology, dystopia, extraterrestrial or alien, robots, steampunk, cyberpunk, futurism, virtual reality, inventive languages, space exploration, time travel, super heroes, and parallel universes!

  • Free to apply
  • Deadline July 22, 2022
  • Complete our Google Form
  • Artists and writers 18 years and older are eligible to apply
  • National and international artists are eligible to apply
Deadline: 
22/July/2022

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Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation, RFP

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For Application Details and to applu Visit: https://esd.ny.gov/doing-business-ny/requests-proposals/erie-canal-bicentennial-public-art-installation-rfp

Please send any questions to: PublicArtInstallationRFP@esd.ny.gov

 

Request for Proposals Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation Canalside, Buffalo NY

Issued: May 31, 2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE: A restricted period under the Procurement Lobbying Law is currently in effect for this Procurement and it will remain in effect until approval of the Contract. Bidders are prohibited from contact related to this procurement with any New York State employee other than the designated contacts listed below (refer to: Section X - ii).

Designated Contacts for this Procurement: Primary Contact: Ralph Volcy Secondary Contact: John Discolo All contacts/inquiries shall be made by email to the following address: PublicArtInstallationRFP@esd.ny.gov

This RFP is posted on the Empire State Development website: https://esd.ny.gov/doing-business-ny/requests-proposals Submission

Deadline: July 14,2022 by 8:00PM EST

INTRODUCTION The mission of Empire State Development (“ESD”) is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

II. OVERVIEW The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (“ECHDC”), a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD), invites internationally and critically acclaimed artists to submit qualifications and proposals for The Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation at Canalside (the “Project”) in the City of Buffalo, NY. ECHDC seeks artists who can demonstrate the ability to design and implement heritage-focused public art commissions. ECHDC feels it is important to create high-quality and appealing public art components at Canalside and throughout the Buffalo Waterfront that will attract visitors but will also make the citizens of Buffalo proud of our history and the current redevelopment of our waterfront. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 was a critical event in the history of the United States, opening the heartlands of the continent. It also transformed Buffalo from a frontier village to the eighth-largest city in the United States over a span of just 75 years. The Western Terminus of the canal, at what is now Canalside, became a commercial hub and a transshipment point that moved rivers of immigration westward and rivers of cargo eastward – American Express and Wells Fargo were created on its docks, and the Canal District became a global trade center and, at the same time, notorious as one of the roughest waterfronts in the world. Through the Canal Era, Buffalo grew exponentially as many of the immigrants who arrived here by the canal – more than ever arrived at Ellis Island – settled here instead of continuing their journeys west. ECHDC is inviting artists to submit qualifications and proposals that prove their ability to work within the historic context while incorporating ECHDC’s vision to revitalize Western New York’s Waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance, and natural beauty. The current project budget is not to exceed $250,000. ECHDC has retained the services of an Art Consult who will facilitate the evaluation of qualification submission packages and will recommend to the ECHDC up to three (3) qualified artists based upon the evaluation criteria explained in this document. The three (3) “semi-final” artists will contract with the Art Consultant and receive a $10,000 stipend to complete their proposal. After public presentations and final evaluations, one artist or team will be selected for the commission. MWBE & SDVOB Subcontractor Interest New York State certified Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) may request that their firm’s contact information be included on a list of MWBE and SDVOB firms interested in serving as a subcontractor for this procurement. The listing will be publicly posted on ESD’s website for reference by the bidding 3 community. A firm requesting inclusion on this list should send contact information and a copy of its NYS MWBE or SDVOB certification to PublicArtInstallationRFP@esd.ny.gov.

Nothing prohibits an M/WBE Vendor from proposing as a prime contractor.

III. SCOPE OF WORK The Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation is to be designed for and incorporated into the historic Main Canal area of the property referred to as the Immigrant Steps and Towpath. The address of the Main Canal area is 130 Main Street, Buffalo NY. The installation will be permanent on the site and therefore should be fabricated using substantial materials that will resist deterioration from environmental impacts and public interaction. Canalside Location Map Immigrant Steps A flight of steps, re-created now in the Canalside development, was a pathway trod by millions of immigrants and immigrant families as they left the line boats they took from New York or Albany to climb to the streets of Buffalo, seeking to build a new life in the growing ethnic communities of Buffalo or hoping to book passage on a lake schooner or steamboat headed west on the Great Lakes. “Steamboat hotels” waited if they needed an overnight room, or in warm weather many slept on the docks. Most carried with them all they had in the world, small cargoes in this human river; money was tight, and carefully spent. There are no accurate counts of their numbers, but this migration built great cities on the Lakes and settled the interior of the country, in one year alone, 1859, a quarter million people left Buffalo for the West. Most of the immigrants from the Canal Era (1825 until the rise of the railroads in the 1880s) came from Ireland, Germany or Scandinavia. There were smaller streams from the American South during the Underground 4 Railroad years, and displaced Native Americans also used the canal in its early years to move west. Today’s “Immigrant Steps” honor the location of the original steps at the juncture of the Erie Canal’s end and the Commercial Slip that connected the canal to the Buffalo River and Great Lakes, but they are not an exact replica and are built for the present-day flow of people from street level to the faux canal at water level. The treads of the steps are solid granite with a thermal finish with a typical 6” rise and 12” tread depth. The landings at the top and mid-span are red sandstone slabs, 2’x3’ nominal dimension. The overall dimensions are 20.90’ wide at the top of the stairs and 45.40’ wide at the bottom with an overall length of 27.50’ including a 9.50’ landing mid span. Immigrant Stairs to Towpath Towpath The canal’s towpath, just above water level, was generally about four feet wide and extended the length of the canal, becoming a little more complex at destination wharf areas especially in the big city. It was used by drovers (or “hoggees”) driving the harnessed teams of horses or mules pulling the barges and boats along the canal. While wealthier passengers could disembark for the faster and more well-appointed packet boats plying the canals, immigrants would be packed up to a hundred at a time in the line or work boats. They could walk along the tow paths for parts of their journey, but doubtless were relieved to disembark at that journey’s end. They would have crossed the path to climb the steps, facing unknown new challenges with both apprehension and hope. They faced the unknown, because there was no way to send word ahead (except at the 5 last moment via the “runners” who touted hotels from the last few bridges, lowered buckets for room rent money and, sometimes, simply disappeared). Today’s “towpath” is a wide walkway used for pedestrian access to the amenities along the replicated end of the canal, a shallow water feature. The area is a year-round public space with fountain and paddle boats in the summer, ice rink activities; skating, curling, ice bikes, and food vendor kiosks and igloos in the winter, and roller skating in the fall. There is a pavilion tent used for events and equipment rentals. Seating is available and the area is regularly traversed by pedestrians moving throughout the Canalside neighborhood. The towpath sidewalk has a 10.80’ wide exposed aggregate concrete band around the perimeter of the replica canal with a 9.20’ outer band of tinted and scored concrete sidewalk. The towpath canal walls are constructed of granite with bush hammered top and rustic rock face on the vertical canal wall.

The Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation at Canalside selection process will be completed in three (3) stages:

● Stage 1- Submission of Qualifications

● Stage 2 – Development of Proposal & Model

● Stage 3 – Design & Implementation of Art Installation

 

IV. SCHEDULE OF DATES It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded in response to this RFP based on the following schedule:

Stage 1 – Submission of Qualifications Release of RFP May 31, 2022

Deadline for Submission of Questions June 7, 2022

Deadline for ECHDC to Respond to Questions June 14, 2022

Submission of Proposals (date and time) July 14, 2022 at 8:00PM EST

Proposal Review/Interviews July 15 - August 15 2022

Notification to Semi Final Artists August 16, 2022

 

Stage 2 – Development of Proposal Site Visits and Proposal Development August - October 2022

Submission of Proposals (date and time) December 6, 2022 at 2:00PM EST

Public Presentation February - March 2023

Final Selection by ECHDC April 2023

Stage 3 – Design & Implementation of Art Installation

Anticipated Contract Start Date* January 2, 2024 Fabrication and Installation Completion May 1, 2025

Please note, the Corporation reserves the right to change any of the dates stated in this RFP. 6 *Final schedule for design and installation stages to be negotiated at the time of contract execution. However, it is expected the installation will be completed between March 1 – May 1, 2025.

 

V. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS Every respondent to this RFP (“Bidder”) should submit a proposal which clearly and concisely provides all of the information requested. Emphasis should be concentrated on conformance to the RFP instructions and requirements, as well as completeness and clarity in its proposal response. The Bidder is advised to thoroughly read and follow all instructions contained in this RFP. Proposals that do not comply with these instructions or do not meet the full intent of all the requirements of this RFP may be subject to scoring reductions during the evaluation process or may be deemed non-responsive. Artists are strongly encouraged to conduct independent research based on the information provided as well as visit the project location. The artist is expected and required to attend the artwork dedication event in person if and when such an event takes place. 

Prize Summary: 
project budget 250,000, 3 finalists receive $10,000 stipend
Location: 
Canalside, Buffalo, NY
Deadline: 
14/July/2022

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The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2022

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The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented writers on contemporary art. Since its foundation in 1903 The Burlington Magazine has considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our commitment to the study of contemporary art in the magazine and on Burlington Contemporary.

Designed to encourage aspiring writers, the Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language. For submission criteria, please visit: https://contemporary.burlington.org.uk/writing_prize.

This year the Prize will be judged by Griselda Pollock and Legacy Russell. 

Prize Summary: 
£1,000
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The winner of the Prize receives £1,000, their review is published on Burlington Contemporary and they have the opportunity to publish a review of a future contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine

Deadline: 
15/July/2022

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WOOLWICH CONTEMPORARY PRINT FAIR | 2022 ARTIST OPEN CALL

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Apply to our open call to be a part of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary print. 

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair’s unique hybrid model of representing artists directly within a curated exhibition next to individual gallery booths creates opportunities for emerging artists to sit alongside some of the most prominent international printmakers and specialist dealers, while formulating new approaches to contemporary printmaking.

If successful, applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Partake in the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary print
  • Be exposed to a new and engaged audience, attracting new clientele
  • Be scouted for representation by leading galleries and specialists in print, exhibiting at WCPF
  • Sell work to international audiences via The Online Edition x Artsy offering
  • Apply for the WCPF Installation Award
  • Receive prestigious prizes and recognition
  • Participate in WCPF monthly print drops throughout 2023
  • Take part in live artist talks and demonstrations

In addition to this, all applicants (regardless of whether they are selected for the Fair) will receive:

  • 2 free tickets to WCPF22 (worth £20)
  • Complimentary access to our Art & Business workshops, curated with leading industry experts to assist independent artists navigate and stand out in the market
  • 40% discount on your first Tagsmart Certificate
  • 10% discount on all Art Hub Studio courses
  • 20% discount on all Artichoke Print Studio courses
  • 10% discount on all Bainbridge Print Studios workshops
  • 10% off all Ironbridge Fine Arts products
Prize Summary: 
Receive prestigious prizes and recognition
Prizes Details: 
  • ART HUB STUDIOS PRIZE: 1 month free access to the Art Hub Studio printmaking facilities of the artist’s choice.
  • ARTICHOKE PRINT AWARD: Annual membership to the Brixton-based studio and 10 sessions access.
  • BAINBRIDGE PRINT PRIZE: 10 session pass to one of the Bainbridge Print studios (based in either Elephant & Castle or Croydon).
  • BOODLE HATFIELD PRINTMAKING PRIZE: Solo showcase at the following year’s fair and purchase prize.
  • CITY & GUILDS OF LONDON ART SCHOOL PRINT PRIZE: 3 days access to City & Guilds of London Art School Print Room.
  • EAMES FINE ART PRIZE: Purchase prize from our exhibiting gallery and contemporary print expert, Eames Fine Art.
  • EAST LONDON PRINTMAKERS AWARD: 1 year free Associate Membership with 10 free open-access sessions to the East London Printmakers studio.
  • INTAGLIO PRINTMAKER'S PRIZE: £150 (incl. VAT) vouchers to spend at the Intaglio Printmaker shop.
  • IRON BRIDGE FINE ARTS AWARD: £150 (incl. VAT) vouchers to spend at the Iron Bridge Fine Arts shop.
  • JEALOUS PRIZE: Purchase prize by exhibiting partner Jealous Gallery.
  • JILL BULLEN MEMORIAL AWARD
  • JOHN PURCELL PAPER PRIZE: £150 voucher to spend at John Purcell Paper.
  • PRINTMAKERS' PRINTMAKING PRIZE: The favourite artist, voted for by the successful open-call applicants, is then invited to join the 2023 Open-Call Panel.
  • PRINTMAKING TODAY PRIZE: Editorial feature in Printmaking Today magazine.
  • SLAUGHTERHAUS PRINT STUDIO PRIZE: 1 year membership and 10 sessions at the Slaughterhaus Print Studio.
  • TAGSMART AWARD: Free account with concierge service (help entering their work info, manually check addresses etc. before despatch, and provide any other support required); 10 free Smart DNA Print Tags plus 10 free printed and personalised custom Certificates using their own design if they wish, with online provenance records, printed and posted free of charge to anywhere in the world; Regular social media coverage of works, exhibitions during the year; Artist of the month on the Tagsmart website for January.
  • THAMES-SIDE PRINT STUDIO PRIZE: Membership, sessions and a place on an advanced print course of choice (worth £600) at Thames-side Print Studio.
  • USHAW COLLEGE RESIDENCY: Residency programme prize from Ushaw College. The winner undertakes a 2 week residency at the heritage site, responding to their extensive collection. The work will then be exhibited at WCPF23, and then put on display for sale at Ushaw, as well as one edition being acquired for their permanent collection.
  • WOOLWICH CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING PRIZE: WCPF23 dedicated solo showcase.
Location: 
The Fireworks Factory, No.1 Street, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HD
Deadline: 
03/July/2022

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Fee Detail: 
up to £30.00
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Picture This

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Picture This is a global competition that encourages creative video projects championing the protection and preservation of the environment. Set up to reward creatives interpreting environmental and social concerns of our time, Picture This calls all video-makers to raise awareness and inspire action for the planet. 

 

If you are an independent video-maker, animator, part of a collective or video production company – large or small – we want to see your projects! 

Enter your 1 minute video responding to the 2022 brief, The Time to Act is Now! Winning entries will be showcased on the Sony Picture Television network, at the Picture This Festival and events held by the United National Foundation and the World Photography Organisation - plus more! 

Prize Summary: 
$1000
Prizes Details: 

Grand Prize Winner

$1,000 cash prize 

Consultation with Sony Pictures Television Creative Executives 

Post-production session with Sony Pictures Creative team

International Distribution across a variety of platforms including but not limited to:

Translated in multiple languages

Formatted for social media, digital distribution, and television platforms 

Screened at 

Picture This Festival

World Photography Organisation event

United Nations Foundation event

A range of Sony digital imaging kit 

Aired on Sony Picture Television Network

Dedicated global press and media campaign 

 

Honorable Mention

Up to two runners-up 

$1,000 cash prize

Consultation with Sony Pictures Television Creative Executives 

Post-production session with Sony Pictures Creative team

Screened at 

Picture This Festival

World Photography Organisation event

United Nations Foundation event

A range of Sony digital imaging kit 

Dedicated global press and media campaign 

 

Finalists

Up to 10 entrants 

Promoted on the World Photography Organisation website social channels 

A range of Sony digital imaging kit 

Deadline: 
05/July/2022

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Gallery Ring "COLOUR" Online Juried Art Exhibition

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Gallery Ring announces an art contest devoted to Colour.  Powerful, vibrant, energetic and emotional colour must be the primary, central and undeniable driving force of the composition regardless of subject matter.  Monochromatic to multi-coloured works are welcome. 

The deadline to submit work is Thursday, June 23rd, 2022.   The fee is 20 USD for 1-3 pieces.

2D artwork including photography/digital is welcome.  Many awards are available: Best In Show (cash prize, free-entry voucher and juror's comments), Diamond Award of Excellence, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Awards, Crystal Awards and others.  All winning artists receive a digital Award Certificate.  Top winners also receive a special, digital Award Page ideal for use in their portfolios and for sharing the news on social media and websites.  All winners and random Finalists will receive exposure and promotion on Gallery Ring's Instagram.  All artistic styles from traditional to experimental are welcome.  The contest is open to all artists worldwide over 18 years of age, from emerging to established.

Deadline: 
23/June/2022

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Fee Detail: 
$20 US for 1-3 pieces
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