The Ghostly Commission




To celebrate the launch of the International Ghost Appreciation Society we’re looking to commission a piece of artwork to be unveiled at our launch event, and stashed lovingly forever in our archive.

As an open-minded and international ghost hunting society, we’re not prescriptive about medium or format. We’re open to poems, paintings, sculptures, films, interpretive dances and more.

The goal is to create something interesting, memorable and which can help define the identity of our nascent ghost hunting society.

The selected artist will be paid £100. The piece will be unveiled at our launch event in January 2023, which will take place in Edinburgh. As such, ideas from local artists are particularly encouraged.

We’ll be looking at submissions until the end of the year, when we’ll pick the winner. They’ll then have three weeks to deliver the finished piece – please keep in mind this timeframe when pitching ideas!

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£100 and an invite to our launch event, where your work will be unvieled


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Call to Artists: Collage Artist Residency in Scotland






An in-person residency at MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland centered on collage artists who want to incorporate history and folklore into their artist practice. Residents will make artwork for an exhibition and book. 

Deadline to Apply: 31 July 2022Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until space is filled. Artists are encouraged to apply well before the deadline. 


Collage Artist Residency: Scotland is a week-long artist residency designed for artists working in collage who seek to engage with place in their practice. Using the rural community of Sanquhar, Scotland as a laboratory, artists will spend a week making artwork; learning about the place, its people, and its history; and discussing how art can capture, share, reflect, comment, and otherwise engage with a sense of place. The goal of the residency is to develop an individual methodology for responding to place in one’s art practice and to make a work of art about Sanquhar that speaks to and about the people and land. Our hope is that artists will return to their home communities with fresh eyes and be prepared to see their communities in a unique way.

The residency will unfold over the course of a week. Each day the group will meet in the morning for a presentation or workshop. We will hear from guest artists and local historians about Sanquhar and faculty will make presentations about place in art and strategies for incorporating place into one’s practice. Designed for collage artists, professional development sessions focus on artist practice: topics include Collage as Artist Practice; Sourcing Materials, Copyright, Appropriation; Developing Materials; Collage in Presentation. In the afternoons, artists may choose to make art or take up an afternoon activity such as a walk to the River Nith and castle or a visit to the Tolbooth Museum or Saint Bride’s church or an afternoon trip via rail to Dumfries or Glasgow. Artists will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty. In the evenings, we will convene at the Nithsdale Pub to informally share the experience of our days. 

During the residency, artists will make an artwork that will be exhibited at MERZ Gallery as part of “Mythical Landscape: Secrets of the Vale”, an exhibition by an international group of artists, all of whom traveled to Sanquhar to investigate a sense of place and make artwork that speaks to the rich history and folklore of the region. Artworks reference stories from the past (true or otherwise), consider the history of the region, and speculate on future myths and legends. An evolving exhibition at MERZ Gallery in September 2022 will culminate with the Festival of Folklore, 22-25 September 2022. The artwork will be the subject of a film by David Rushton and used to illustrate a forthcoming, abridged version of William Wilson’s 1904 book, Folk Lore and Genealogies of Uppermost Nithsdale.

Concept: A Sense of Place

“We are living today on a threshold between a history of alienated displacement from and longing for home and the possibility of a multi-centered society that understands the reciprocal relationship between the two,” writes Lucy Lippard in The Lure of the Local. “Most of us are separated from organic geographical communities; even fewer can rely on blood ties. We can only hope to find created communities—people who come together because they are alike on some level—or communities that are accidentally formed through place, workplace, and other more artificial means. Sometimes created places, based in dissimilarity, can be more vital and less isolating than unchosen ones. But most of us live such fragmented lives and have so many minicommunities that no one knows us as a whole. The incomplete self longs for the fragments to be brought together. This can’t be done without a context, a place.”

For artists, a sense of place or a lack thereof, poses a particular challenge when making art that speaks to a community. Lippard’s observation that “all art is regional” seems to contradict the idea “that there is no such thing as regionalism in our homogenized, peripatetic, electronic culture.” We see it differently; that the artist is uniquely situated to show and speak to place in a way that makes it seen, understood, and celebrated. 

About Sanquhar, Scotland

Sanquhar is a rural Scottish community with a rich agricultural and manufacturing heritage. Located on the River Nith, the area has been an important crossroads going back to Neolithic times and is the site of several prehistoric British forts and a Roman outpost. A 15th-century castle ruin overlooks the town. Mary, Queen of Scots came to Sanquhar in May 1568 after her defeat at the battle of Langside. In the 17th century, Sanquhar was the site of unrest during the Covenanting period when Scottish Presbyterians fought to maintain the Church of Scotland. Agriculture, coal mining, and wool production and related industries such as knitting and carpet making flourished in the 18th century. The town hosts the world’s oldest working post office (established in 1712) and the world’s oldest curling society (formed in 1774). The Church of St Bride’s sanctuary was dedicated to a lost, then found World War I soldier. The village of Crawick on the edge of town had once been known as a haven for witches. The Tolbooth Museum was designed by the influential 18th century Scottish architect William Adam.

Sites of Interest: Tolbooth Museum, Sanquhar Castle, Crawick Multiverse, Old Town Hall, River Nith, Saint Bride’s Church, Sanquhar Declarations Monument, and A’ the Airts (home to Sanquhar Knitting Patterns).


11-17 September 2022
18-24 September 2022
25 September-1 October 2022

Weekly residencies take place in September 2022. Artists may arrive anytime after 3PM Sunday and must depart by Noon on Saturday. Artists are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and be active participants in the community. We may use online tools such as Zoom, Slack, and Google Docs to communicate and share information prior to and after the Residency. Technical support is available as needed.  

This Residency requires artists to be in Sanquhar, Scotland at 10AM Monday morning through 4PM on Friday. Artists are responsible for their travel to and from Sanquhar. Accommodations and one meal per day are included as part of the Residency fee.

The Full Prospectus includes an FAQ and additional information about the exhibition. VIEW THE PROSPECTUS.

MERZ Gallery in Sanquhar, Scotland Queen's Rd, Sanquhar DG4 6DH, United Kingdom
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Call to Artists: Collagists in the Archives Residency






Collagists in the Archives Residency

Virtual residency centered on the Stewart-Swift Research Center at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury, Vermont, USA.

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, 17 April 2022

The materials collage artists use for the artwork can play a critical role in the work’s meaning and how it makes its way into the world. Historical archives, when one understands how to use them, can be fruitful grounds. In this virtual Residency, collage artists will learn how to work with an archive to build a project that speaks to themes of community and history. Centered around the Stewart-Swift Research Center at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont, participating artists will explore their collections and develop tools they can use to work with archives in their home communities. 

In five meetings held during the month of May, participating artists will make an artwork that will be considered for an exhibition at the Henry Sheldon Museum in the Fall of 2022 and included in a book to be published by Kolaj Institute. That exhibition will be a collection of twenty collage prints all of which interprets the museum’s archive material, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary for a 21st century international audience. In this project, collage artists will use materials in the Stewart-Swift Research Center collections and the histories they hold to interrogate the question, What makes a community? 

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Is it possible to distinguish between art and the artist? Do only meticulous cleaners safe us from unsubstantial art? How free can art be? Does the art scene need a radical clearing out? Is Cancel Culture a threat to art or are we all just too sensitive?

re:visionism is an exhibition that addresses those questions and the topic of historical revisionism from an interdisciplinary and boundary transcending point of view inspired by the debate initiated by Moshtari Hilal & Sinthujan Varatharajah about Germany's Nazi background, which manifests in the wealth of German corporations and institutions.

The exhibition aims to offer a critical debate about artists who profited from historical revisionism and whose works and lives are still trivialized and glorified.

Our Open Call invites artists to participate in this exhibition and submit either existing projects or ideas they'd like to realize.

The event is scheduled to take place in November in Wuppertal. Depending on the current situation it will either be shown at „kollektiv drei“ or online.

Furthermore, we are looking for someone whose work raises awareness about historical revisionism, and who'd like to share their knowledge in an (online) workshop. 

To break through patriarchal structures this Open Call is explicitely directed at WLINTA* and BIPoC artists.

Please send any questions or applications until October, 3rd, 2021 to: we.are.hysteria.wtf@gmail.com


Kann man Kunst und Künstler:in voneinander trennen? Schützen uns eventuell nur eifrige Reinigungskräfte vor inhaltsloser Kunst? Wie frei darf Kunst sein? Braucht die Kunst-Szene mal eine drastische Entrümpelung? Ist Cancel Culture eine Bedrohung für die Kunst oder sind wir alle einfach zu sensibel?

re:visionism soll eine Veranstaltung sein, die sich interdisziplinär und spartenübergreifend mit diesen Fragestellungen und dem Thema des Geschichtsrevisionismus' - unter anderem in Deutschland - befasst.

Ausschlag- und ideengebend war insbesondere die von Moshtari Hilal & Sinthujan Varatharajah

begonnene Debatte über Deutschlands Umgang mit dem eigenen Nazierbe, das sich vor Allem am Kapital deutscher Unternehmen zeigt.

Die Veranstaltung soll eine kritische Debatte um Künstler:innen ermöglichen, die in diesem System von Geschichtsrevisionismus profitiert haben, und deren Leben und Werk (beispielsweise trotz eindeutiger NS-Vergangenheit) auch heute noch weitestgehend unkritisch kommentiert, oder gar glorifiziert werden.

Mit diesem Open Call möchten wir Künstler:innen einladen, sich an der Ausstellung „re:visionism“ , die im November in Wuppertal stattfinden soll, zu beteiligen.

Wenn es die Corona-Richtlinien zulassen, wird die Ausstellung im "kollektiv drei" umgesetzt. Ansonsten weichen wir auf eine digitale Veranstaltung aus.

Wir suchen außerdem eine Person, die sich mit Geschichtsrevisionismus auseinander setzt und ihr Wissen in einem Workshop teilt. Dieser kann sowohl vor Ort, als auch online durchgeführt werden.

Um patriarchale Strukturen, speziell im Kunst- und Kulturbetrieb, zu durchbrechen, richtet sich dieser Aufruf an FLINTA*, Schwarze Künstler:innen und Künstler:innen of Color.

Wir freuen uns über Einreichungen bis zum 03.10.2021 an we.are.hysteria.wtf@gmail.com


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Call to Artists: Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico


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Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico

A four-week, virtual/online lab in March & April 2021 with 516 ARTS, Kolaj Institute, and the Albuquerque Museum Photography Archives

Deadline to apply: 28 February 2021

Apply HERE.

Visual artists with an established practice are invited to apply for Artist Lab: Art Meets History in New Mexico, a four-week program designed to foster the integration of history into contemporary art practices. The Lab is presented as a collaboration between 516 ARTSKolaj Institute, and Albuquerque Museum’s photo archives. 

The Lab looks at how our divergent histories of race, conflict, and colonialism inform how we imagine our futures. Participating artists are asked to work from their own people’s history, to confront that history, and to imagine a future that offers justice, fairness, and support for all people. A goal of the lab is a proposal for a body of artwork to be considered for a group exhibition at 516 ARTS in 2022. 

Race, conflict, and colonialism are themes that run through the history of America and while these topics inform national mythologies they often go unexplored and unimagined in our civic discourse. People often operate with a different history than that of their neighbors. How we understand our divergent histories of race, conflict, and colonialism inform how we imagine our futures. For artists to speak to society, we must raise up all the histories of our community. 

Using the photography archives of the Albuquerque Museum and other historical resources in the community, the focus of this project is the multiple histories of different peoples who have made what we now call New Mexico and the surrounding land their home. 

The Artist Lab equips artists with tools and strategies for picking up the unfinished work of history and speaking to contemporary civic discourse around social, economic, and environmental issues. Through interactive online sessions, collections research, and visits with historians, archivists, and curators, artists explore their process and practice; present a slideshow of their work; receive supportive, critical, curatorial feedback about their ideas; and discuss strategies for making art that speaks to the contemporary moment.

Over the course of four weeks, artists will participate in online meetings, engage in one-on-one sessions with faculty, and complete independent assignments. Sessions are one hour to an hour-and-a-half long and include slideshows, artist presentations, and discussions. Guest artists share their practices and lead discussions. Specialists introduce participants to collections and archives and speak to the histories of New Mexico’s multiple peoples.

Artists complete the Lab with a project proposal for a group exhibition at 516 ARTS in 2022. The exhibition will give audiences an opportunity to consider how our contemporary discourse is a product of multiple histories in a constant state of negotiation with one another. Our understanding of history shapes how we live in the present. The exhibition is curated by L. Kasimu Harris, Alicia Inez Guzmán, and Ric Kasini Kadour. 516 ARTS has dedicated a fund to commission artworks for the exhibition, in part, to artists who successfully complete the Lab. 


The Artist Lab is intended for self-motivated artists, at any stage in their career, who want to develop a practice of working with historic sites or history associations to create and present art that embeds itself in non-traditional spaces and speaks to a general community about contemporary issues. The Lab is open to artists anywhere in the world. Artists from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities are encouraged to apply. 


The cost of the Lab is $750 per artist; however, no artist will be turned away for lack of funds and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package. 

516 ARTS is providing a limited number of scholarships to artists from New Mexico, artists from Mexico whose work focuses on the US/Mexico border, and artists who are Native American, Alaskan Native, or First Nations.


Deadline to apply:                   February 28, 2021      
Notification to artists:            March 13, 2021          
Artist Lab dates:                    March 29-April 26, 2021

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Unearthing the Archive



Curator - Aidan Cowling (CANADA)

In a short amount of time, the Internet and digital technologies have dramatically  changed the way we live our lives, and we are beginning to register and quantify how  our daily contact with the digital world has altered the archive. How is technology being  mobilized today to preserve and present archive and history? This residency invites 

participants to experience ANIMA Casa Rural through the lens of the archive, and  consider how can the historical archive be used to find a way forward and makes sense  of today. 

Throughout the residency we will visit The National Archives of Mexico, Archivo de  Instrumentos Públicos, Archivo del Arzobispado de Guadalajara, Archivo General de  Notarías del Estado de Jalisco, and various archives in the surrounding area. Studio  visits with archivists and local artists, will give participants the opportunity to explore  these archives and further their own research. This residency will develop terms for  working in the archive, and explore examples from contemporary practices that we can  deployed when engaging with archival materials. Workshops on the farm will consider  different ways of digitizing the archive, as well as explore experimental ways that the  archive can be used in your artistic practice like digital editing, green screen,  performance and installation. Participants are encouraged to apply to this residency with  a particular theme or focus they wish to research in the archives.


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Application fee $25 USD Total residency Cost: $740 (USD)
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