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Global Day of Creative Action

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Micro Galleies is calling out to creatives to join us in our Global Day of Creative Action, where artists come together to create and draw attention to climate change in our communties, around the world. The Global Day of Creative Action is on November 6, and is a free, open platform for anyone who wants to use creativity in their community, to draw attention the environment. The 24 hour project will take place to coincide with the COP26 in Glasgow (the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference).

Creatives from all over the world will present artworks small and large, professional and amateur, provocative and subtle, in ANY medium they wish, about climate action. Mobilise within your community, and develop, present, and document a public, creative response to climate disruption; and impact the world right where you are. 

Climate change is a scary, data-heavy, intangible subject and creative interpretations help inform, educate, and engage our communities to have a better understanding of this issue and be motivated to make change and learn more. Plus, it’s loads of magical, creative fun.

This year you can be involved in three ways:

1. Create a public creative response in order to provide ideas, solutions and/or education using ANY medium you wish

2. Register to install our open-source project "Golden Repair (The Climate). This is an artwork created by Shohei Katayama and Adam Kuby Art, and made open source with instructions, so anyone can be part of this movement and make an impact

3. If in rigid lockdown or due to COVID-safety, digital responses can be submitted this year AND and we even have a team standing by to help you make these if you need

Register NOW to be involved, get your information pack and be part of the day, our Zine, online exhibition and catalogue and micro documentary. 

Deadline: 
11/05/2021

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switch 2021: open call / theme: play

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switch is inviting artists working with film / moving image / lens based Media, to consider an application for switch 2021 responding to the theme of Play.

switch 2021 will be 8 lens based works by 8 artists.
These works will be installed in 8 different locations throughout the town centre of Nenagh and will run simultaneously from 4pm to midnight daily for one week.
The event itself will be accompanied by a small publication & a website.

Prize summary: 
artists fee of € 225 for selected works
Prizes Details: 

An artist fee of Euro 225 will be paid to each artist for the showing of the work. [Please note VAT charges may be applicable.]

Deadline: 
10/17/2021

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Call for Art: Outdoor Public Art - Sculptures Frankfort, KY

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The Josephine Sculpture Park and FrankArts are seeking contemporary public artworks for a 2 year outdoor exhibit. Frankfort Sculpture Trail is a curated exhibition of sculpture displayed throughout the heart of downtown Frankfort. Sculptures will be placed in both city spaces/sidewalks as well as in public parks and walking trails.

We encourage proposals that show creativity as well as a broad range of appeal to the general public.  We are looking for works that capture attention and engage the public. We encourage artwork that is whimsical, kinetic, eye-catching, sound-making and/or physically interactive in some way, including art that you can sit on, climb into, photograph yourself inside, etc. 

All submissions must be made by the October 20, 2021 deadline via the CaFÉ website. Full details, including artist benefits, and how to apply can be found here: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=9406

Prize summary: 
Win up to $1,000
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Best of Show Award $1,000.  People's Choice Award $500.

Deadline: 
10/20/2021

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Afro-German Artists & African Diaspora: Art against Racism in Germany | Public Art on Billboards Open Call | €500 cash prizes

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+++ The deadline has been extended to 31st of May 2021 midnight. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for further updates! +++

Calling Afro-German artists, designers, photographers and illustrators and those who live in the former German colonies Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and African Diaspora in Germany.

This open call is about creatively exposing the blind spots in the collective consciousness of the white majority in Germany towards its colonial history and the racism against black people that is rooted in that era.

Most Germans are still not aware that the German colonial history, albeit much shorter than that of other colonial powers, was every bit as brutal - including murder, rape, forced labor, profiteering and genocide. They are not aware of the bloody trace the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II has left in Africa, and how its deeply racist colonial administration has laid the foundation of every-day racism in Germany today.

How it works

The Blind Spots in the Street poster competition works like an advertising campaign: it consists of a series of posters on billboards in public spaces that are intended to arouse curiosity but do not directly reveal the topic. Each billboard is tagged with a QR code. When scanned, the QR codes lead to our website, where information on the idea behind each poster is provided.

The task
1. to develop a teaser ("eye-catcher") image that arouses curiosity in the viewer without revealing what exactly the image is about. The objective is to get a wider audience to learn about the issues of colonial history and racism. Optionally, write a headline to go with it.
2.Write a text (150-400 words) that provides background information about the image.

What to aim for
The images must be striking and impactful in public. Most importantly, they must arouse curiosity! Only those viewers who really want to know what's behind the image will scan the QR code.
Examples for the interaction of images and texts can be found on our blog.

The rules
1. Participants are at least 18 years old and have had their own experience with racism in Germany or are originially from or live in the former German colonies of Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi.
2. Colors should be primarily red, black, white, and shades of gray so that the images are recognizable as part of the campaign
3. An area of 83x86 mm vertical must be left blank for the QR code.

More details on our website!

Prize summary: 
your art on billboards + exhibition + €500 in cash prizes
Prizes Details: 
  • An international jury will select 4 winners whose work will be posted on billboards in Kassel, Germany.
  • First prize is a €200 cash prize, and three additional winners will recieve a €100 merit award.
  • All 4 winning entries will also be shown at an exhibition in Kassel this summer and receive a social media shoutout.
Deadline: 
05/31/2021

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RFQ for Creative Placemaking

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The City of Sugar Land, Texas requests artists or artist teams submit a statement of qualifications, letter of interest and other materials for the commission of projects through the Creative Placemaking Program, #AllinforSLTX, a program to aid local small businesses. 

The goal of the program is to increase resiliency for small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and provide local residents with vibrant, creative spaces that encourage patronage. 

Examples of proposed work meeting the goals of the project could include sun shelters, parklets, outdoor light installations that make an area more welcoming, projections and concepts that permit businesses (including food service, retail and service-based businesses) to extend their reach in outdoor spaces. We seek fresh, innovative concepts that use artistic excellence to address economic development needs. 

Prize summary: 
$15,000-$150,000
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Budget for work selected through this opportunity ranges from $15,000 - $150,000

Deadline: 
04/08/2021

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CHEAP | 2021 call for artists

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In 2021 CHEAP is issuing its 9th CALL for ARTISTS, targeting not only street artists but anyone involved in graphic design, photography, illustration and visual art more generally. The pieces applicants send in a digital format will be printed and pasted up on the CHEAP On Board circuit of bulletin boards in downtown Bologna.

For CHEAP, this open call has always represented a key element of its identity: it enables the hybridization of languages, breaks down geographical borders, launches a collective discussion, investigates contemporary issues from the bottom up and seeks to reassemble individual statements into a collective narrative.

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Nothing lasts forever.
Which is fortunate, because it implies the potential for change.
Yesterday, today, tomorrow. Despite the fact that, as many have suggested, we just seem to be living the same day over and over, here.

It is in the nature of dogma to insinuate the idea of its own impulse toward infinity. It is in the nature of ideologies to treat the absence of alternatives as implicit. It is in the nature of religions to assert the impossibility of salvation outside of each one’s specific doctrine.

Nevertheless, existence is dialectical. It changes. Becomes. Discards. And overcomes.
In the exceptionality of pandemic-time, we have all wondered what has been taken from us and what is going to be different, or what opportunities this plague might involve: uncertainty and restlessness are the forces that have driven us toward fantastic futures set in unprecedented post-pandemic landscapes.

Fueled by this impulse, we have chosen POST in its Latin sense as the foundation for CHEAP‘s exploration throughout 2021 and this idea of overcoming will provide the launching pad for our public art projects in the coming months.
And this is how we set out today, starting with this Call for Artists. Our annual invitation, addressed to artists using contemporary visual language, to join us in contaminating public space: with signs and imagery, provocations and projects translated into posters. Beginning with this edition, the format has become bigger and color has joined black and white.

What we are asking of you is an imaginative step toward a possibility, however improbable, brimming with desires as well as fears, full of details and approximations both – in other words, an imaginative step toward the future.
Keeping in mind a before, starting from a point you recognize as now, you are invited to define an after. And the terms of that sequentiality are up to you.

We ask what awaits us beyond capitalism, after the next climate crisis, what happens after we turn 30, after we turn 90, after the downfall of patriarchy, after disease, after empire, after punk, after tomorrow.
We want to know how you imagine the end of democracy and what utopia may follow it, how you represent a community that has moved beyond gender and gender violence, how you envisage the posthuman landscape, the postcoital temperature, the features of a new posterity.

Show us the next symbols of liberation, how you would represent a society that has moved beyond racism. In what aesthetics will we recognize ourselves, what are post-traumatic perspectives, what is the new historical era you want to see take off after we wrest free of this one?

POST. A call for visions – on paper, on the street, in posters.

Prizes Details: 

The selected pieces applicants send in a digital format will be printed and pasted up on the CHEAP On Board circuit of bulletin boards in downtown Bologna.

Deadline: 
06/01/2021

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