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Open call for Experienced Outdoor/Mural Artist

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Manchester College is inviting expressions of interest from artists with previous experience of painting outdoor work / mural works; who would like to be considered for creating work on a their East Campus.

THE BRIEF

2020/21 has been a unique and difficult year for many, and for our students and colleagues it has been a time of worry, uncertainty and change.

Throughout this time, our students and staff have exemplified the resilience, positivity and aspiration that is at the heart of The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester.

The purpose of the mural is to create a ‘visual time capsule’ that encapsulates the feelings, fears and hopes for the future of our students and colleagues throughout the pandemic.

Although the mural will be a visual representation of the challenges of the pandemic, the predominant theme will be that of hope, opportunity and aspiration.

The mural will represent a forward look to a more positive future and showcase the opportunity and aspiration that being part of the TMC and UCEN Manchester community brings.

We are looking for a final artwork that:

-  Reflects themes of positivity and are uplifting for future students

-  Reflects the theme without a literal or figurative depiction of Covid and Lockdown

-  That are sympathetic to the surroundings and the maturity of students who attend the college

THE SITE

The campus is sited in Open Shaw, East Manchester.
The wall is on the main campus building and is a white rendered rectangular space of approximately 6.5 metres wide and 1 meters tall. Access by scaffold or scissor lift can be discussed with the projects managers. (See Images)

TIMELINE

We are proposing to visually mark this commitment through the creation of a mural outside Whitworth House that will be unveiled in line with the opening of the new Openshaw campus in September 2021.

EOI Deadline: 30th June
Shortlisting by a college faculty panel and a student panel: 1st July Interviews: 6th / 7th July
Selected candidate informed and begins design process: 8th July Consultation with student panel on first drafts: 28th July
Final sign of of artwork: 4th August
Prep and installation period: Between 9th - 30th August

THE ARTIST

We are seeking applications from artists who live in the North West area and are available to travel to work in Manchester.

We are seeking artists who are available to work to the timescales set out above and have experience in painting works in the public realm before.

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Due to the short timescale of this project we are asking for an expression of interest in the project so we can see your work, and consider new artists for shortlisting.

There is no obligation to provide design works or ideas to be con sided for this project, but we will accept any suggestions you may have about your desire to design an artwork for this project.

Please provide a link to your website or a pdf document with images of relevant works.

Prize summary: 
£6150 fee
Prizes Details: 

Fees for the artists, assistant and materials (not including access) are £6150

Deadline: 
06/30/2021

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Open Call for Curatorial Projects

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Open Call for Curatorial Projects

The BFI’s Film Feels season returns this summer, celebrating films’ unique ability to transport us, to illuminate ideas, and to spark conversations. This time round the overall theme is ‘hopeful’, and we’re looking to support three film events that fit Film Feels’ subthemes (outlined below) as part of our All Summer Long season of events.

Film Feels: Hopeful - subthemes:

Hope

Stories imbued with hope for new beginnings, better tomorrows and the goodness of humanity

Dreams of the Future

From smart cities and clean energy to food equity and social justice - whether fiction or non-fiction, films can help us to reimagine the future.

New Ways

Who gets to make films and who gets to see them? Showcasing short film, accessible formats, artists film and debut features from exciting new talent and exploring new approaches to bringing original and previously unheard voices to our programmes.

Who is this open call for?

This project is open to anyone from a background that is underrepresented in the film and cultural sector (for example you are from a community that experiences racism, you are neurodiverse, you are from the LGBTQIA+ community, you did not go to University, you had free school meals as a child  or you are a disabled person). There is currently a lack of diversity within film exhibition, and we’re committed to change by taking steps towards a more inclusive, interesting, and representative cultural sector. 

All applicants must be based in the UK.

What are we looking for? 

We're looking to fund three projects over the next few months - they could be short film programmes, conversational events, audiovisual interventions, unseen docs, archive finds, online happenings, family screenings - whatever you like, surprise us. We would expect applicants to demonstrate some previous experience and/or knowledge of programming and curating, and all projects must fall into one of the Film Feels’ themes outlined above.  

What money is involved?

Three proposals will be taken forward to be presented later this year, with each project given a budget of £750 to cover curation time and any rights clearances. Technicals, venues, and marketing will be covered separately. 

How are the applications assessed?

The applications will be assessed by a small, diverse panel of industry professionals, and will factor in the ambition, originality, feasibility, relevance, and audience-appeal of the projects. The three that score highest within these categories will be taken forward. 

We will let all applicants know the outcome by Monday 14 June 2021.

Whilst we invite potential applicants to get in touch with us with any questions regarding their project proposal or the application process, we are unfortunately unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

 

Deadline: 
06/06/2021

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£750 to cover curation time and any rights clearances. Technicals, venues, and marketing will be covered separately.
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METC Sidewalk Art Gallery Show

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) is inviting New Jersey artists to submit artwork for an exhibition held in the METC Education Annex in October 2021. Artists are invited to create original fine artwork on canvas material that will be provided. Each banner will be a one-of-a-kind work of art using any medium of the artist’s choice reflecting the theme of “Hope.”

The canvas banners are 24’ x 36’ and will be on display in the Museum’s Education Annex windows for a period of three months starting on October 27, 2021 and ending February 28, 2022. At the end of the exhibition, METC will host a reception where the banners will be sold and/or auctioned. The sales/auction price will be divided between the artist (60%) METC (40%).

METC selected 'Hope' as its first 2021  Artists' Showcase theme, recognizing that the COVID-19 crisis has touched the lives of every individual across the globe. Although the pandemic continues, we see the resiliency of people shining through even the darkest days toward better and safer times and this gives us all Hope. We invite artists to produce a work that reflects this theme.

DETAILS & RULES:

All artwork must be the artist’s original work and must be the unique use of the image.

Submissions for consideration must be received by April 16, 2021. We will only accept submissions that are accompanied by sketches and detailed information as outlined on the Entry form attached. The Curator of Collections and Executive Director will accept only 15 submissions at their discretion. Submission of artwork does not guarantee acceptance or inclusion in the exhibit.

We reserve the right to refuse any banner that does not conform to the above standards. The selection committee has final say on determining the eligibility of the artwork.

All final work must be completely prepared in the above manner for the exhibition and must be received by October 15, 2021

Artists may leave a small border around the work so that the image can be easily stretched over a frame; this is not a requirement.

No commercial advertising.

Submitting an entry to this Show constitutes an Agreement with all conditions of this Exhibition and Prospectus. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) assumes the right to photograph and use accepted work for documentation, education, or publicity purposes and reserve the right to reject any work not conforming to this Agreement.

Artists will be notified by end of May if they are chosen for the exhibit and will be provided with instructions for picking up canvas banners.

Selected artists will be notified by   June 1, 2021 when the banners are available for pickup. Banners must be submitted and returned to METC complete and dry by October 15. Details regarding the sale and auction will be provided to artists whose work is chosen for the exhibition. It is requested that artists be present at the preview and auction

Final artwork must be delivered no later than October 15, 2021. (Instructions for delivery and shipping work will be forwarded on acceptance.). Accepted artwork must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.

At the end of the exhibition, the artwork will be for sale and/or auction

Prize summary: 
The sales/auction price will be divided between the artist (60%) METC (40%).
Deadline: 
04/16/2021

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Call for Black Queer Voices To Share Stories of Love and Hope

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A NEW campaign to find and share the stories of Black LGBTQ+ people has been launched this month.

'Amplify Black Queer Voices' is calling on bloggers, podcasters, filmmakers, writers and creatives to share their personal experiences of love, hope, home and family in a bid to increase representation for the Black LGBTQ+ community.

The campaign is being launched by award-winning playwright Paul Boakye, editor-in-chief of blackgayblog.com - successful submissions will be hosted on the popular site.

The "Amplify Black Queer Voices" campaign is taking submissions throughout March 2021.

Contributors can submit short fiction, journalistic pieces, book/film/music/theatre reviews, and creative non-fiction such as memoirs, travelogues, interviews and biographies of notable Black queer folks. Written submissions must be under 1,000 words, while podcasts or short films may be up to 30 minutes.

Selected blog posts will go live on blackgayblog.com from April 2021, with live streaming of short films in May via the BGB YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Paul added: "I believe it is by sharing stories of personal experience that we can shift attitudes in society, and that need is urgent."

"Black lesbians and gay men face considerable inequalities in mental and physical health and wellbeing in Britain and overseas. They are also at far higher risk of severe or lethal violence. Far less likely to be protected, both by law enforcers — who are disturbingly often the violators — and by their own families and friends.

"We want this campaign to unleash the creative force that is at the heart of the Black LGBTQ+ community. We all have the agency to change how we are valued by the world around us, and it starts with our stories."

Submit your entry to editor@blackgayblog.com. All successful contributions will be paid at the market rate.

Black Gay Blog is a not-for-profit publicly funded company with support from Goldsmiths (University of London), Terrence Higgins Trust, and the generosity of private donations.

Deadline: 
03/31/2021

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Art Therapy Institute - 2nd Friday ArtWalk - Call for Artists: The Heart

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The Art Therapy Institute is calling all creatives for a virtual community art show to take place on 2/12/21 as a part of our February 2nd Friday ArtWalk. We hope that this ArtWalk will remind us that we are not alone and honor our collective hope and resilience. We will showcase your work through electronic representations (images, videos, sounds, etc.). Submit at: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210126950990152

We ask that you center the Heart in your creative process. Some food for thought to get started: What do you hold in your Heart? How does your Heart feel? What keeps your Heart alive? All interpretations and artistic mediums are welcome.

Deadline: 
02/09/2021

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Out of the Darkness

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum invites artists in all media (except video) to submit work(s) for an 11-week group exhibition during the 2021 season.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented changes in our world and, much like other events such as The Great Recession of 2008, the impact of the current pandemic will continue to be felt for years to come.  Acknowledging that art can convey ideas which words cannot always express, this exhibition aims to shed light on how artists are responding to the crisis and its aftermath.  The theme, out of the darkness can be interpreted as both a woeful as well as a hopeful message – can be build back better, how will we use our newly acquired knowledge to prepare for future crises, will we unite at this critical junction or continue to tear into our fellow man because of political and ideological differences?  Any of these questions and more can be proposed and answered by work submitted to this show.    

Deadline: 
01/29/2021

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$30 for first two entries; $10 for each additional entry
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