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Open Call 2018 – Call For Artists

Open Call 2018 – Call For Artists

The Shed announces a call for artists for Open Call 2018, a showcase for local emerging artists. The Open Call program provides support, visibility, and recognition for NYC early-career artists aged over 18 to create and present new work in a unique space. Open Call values proposals that are cross-disciplinary, inventive, and bold.

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Deadline: 4 May 2018

Submissions for Open Call 2018 should be idea-driven, poetic, and realized feasibly. Artists should be inclusive and equitable as they engage their ideas and communities with intellectual and aesthetic rigor. Open Call supports NYC’s diversity of emerging talent in many forms—including artistic media, race, ethnicity, age, identity, physical abilities, and experience.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Early career artists and art collectives (no educational requirement)
  • Disciplines include, but are not limited to, performing arts (dance, theater, comedy), visual arts, music, literary arts, film, fashion, design, and science, as well as interdisciplinary and new-media work
  • Must currently live and/or work in NYC
  • Must be able to commit to three visits/work review sessions within the five boroughs by The Shed’s staff over the course of the commissioning period

Open Call 2018 Artist Benefits

Participation in Open Call is free. All artists/collectives selected will receive a commissioning fee of $7,000 – $15,000 to support the creation of their work. Open Call will occupy various spaces at The Shed throughout the year including one of the galleries, the theater, and the outdoor plaza. This allows for artistic diversity in commissioned works. Open Call artists working in the theater and plaza space will follow each other within a presentation period. The gallery space will be presented as a group exhibition. Because every eligible and complete submitted application will be reviewed by the Open Call panel, the program is an opportunity to present your work and ideas to The Shed’s expert staff and distinguished guest reviewers.

About The Shed

The Shed, opening in spring 2019 where the High Line meets Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s west side, will be the first arts center designed exclusively to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. From hip hop to classical music, visual art to literature, film to theater and dance, The Shed will bring together leading artists from all art forms under one roof. The building is an innovative 200,000-square-foot structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. It can physically transform to support artists’ most ambitious ideas.

Committed to supporting artistic invention and nurturing creativity, The Shed is led by artistic director and CEO Alex Poots. He will bring together artists from a broad range of genres and backgrounds. This will include innovative thinkers from the sciences, technology, and humanities to advance culture in the 21st century. Nurturing artists at the beginning of their careers is a central commitment for The Shed. It is as integral to their mission as commissioning and presenting new work by established artists.

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