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Ten Songs For A Lar (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK) – Call For Artists

Ten Songs For A Lar (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK) – Call For Artists

The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership (KMM NPO) are seeking proposals from sound artists to create new audio artworks to be accessioned as permanent artefacts within the museum collections. ‘Ten Songs for a Lar’ is an ambitious new commission searching for multiple audio interpretations of a bronze ‘Lar’ – a household god figurine (dated circa. 200AD) held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester, UK.

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Deadline: 15 Jun 2020

This commission is part of the KMM NPO’s ambition to produce artworks that encourage audiences to think about ‘What is collecting? What makes a display? Which stories are being told at museums and how?’ Museum objects, often grouped in predefined, restricted spaces sit silently, sparsely captioned, awaiting the attention of further, deeper, exploration. Museums do not just collect, care, and exhibit objects; they categorise, contextualise, and interpret objects to fulfill their own, and their intended audiences, requirements. The many stories behind these often human made objects, and the emotive connections they intend to make, can therefore become difficult to obtain.

The KMM NPO is looking to appoint 10 musicians or artists (from across the globe) working with sound to create individual, thought provoking, emotive works to interpret a Lar figurine – an inherently ‘traditional’ museum object. Without the need for images, physical presence, and perhaps even words, we want to know: ‘what does this object say to you, and what stories do you wish to give voice to, and bring to life, through music and sound?’.

Ten Songs For A Lar: Benefits

Successful artists will receive £1,000 per selected track (inclusive of VAT).

Inspired by the Guildhall Lar, the commission will comprise of 10 separate audio responses. The 10 audio responses will:

  • Become permanent digital artefacts accessioned (added to) the collections of the NPO partners
  • Made into a physical, limited-edition vinyl record to be deposited in each of the museums partners collections
  • Be promoted individually and as a group of audio tracks (album)
  • Exhibited together as part of a touring exhibition/display
  • Through the process of this commission the KMM NPO also intends to achieve broader aims of:
  • Showing and interpreting collections in new and exciting ways
  • Reaching new, and broader audiences
  • Extend the cultural offering at each of the partner organisations
  • Promote a diverse and varied point of view in response to traditional museum items
  • Continue to challenge the boundaries of commissioning within museums by embracing non-physical, non-visual, creative outputs
  • Maximise the potential of those working from home, via digital platforms and the ability to work and share creativity within the current climate
  • Lead innovatively, and with flexibility – supporting and showcase artist otherwise unable to currently work and develop their practice

About The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership

The KMM NPO is a group of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums & Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and Tunbridge Wells Museum & Gallery) funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity, and well-being to existing and new audiences in their communities.

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Annual Exhibition (Belfast, UK) – Call For Artists

Annual Exhibition (Belfast, UK) – Call For Artists

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 138th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Irish arts calendar. The 138th Annual Exhibition will be on show at the Ulster Museum from 18th October 2019 to 5th January 2020.

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Deadline: 5 Jul 2019

Artists selected for this prestigious exhibition can expect to have their work viewed by audiences in excess of 90,000. The Royal Ulster Academy is supported generously by a range of sponsors offering prizes from £500 to £1,000 to artists. The exhibition is a great way for emerging artists to sell their work and gain recognition. Last year, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland bought approximately 20 works from the exhibition. The exhibition is complemented by a range of artist talks, lectures, workshops and interactive activities. A proportion of these activities are available to artist who apply under the open submission.

About Royal Ulter Academy of Arts

The Royal Ulster Academy of Arts bring together established and emerging artists. It has survived as a vibrant organisation for the past 138 years.

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2019 Visual Art Open Prize – Call For Artists

2019 Visual Art Open Prize – Call For Artists

Black Mango announces a call for artists for the 2019 Visual Art Open Prize. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector.

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Deadline: 28 Feb 2019

Cost – £15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 24 years old.

There are six categories: painting / mixed media / printmaking, illustration / drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, and young artist (under 24).

The overall winner of the 2019 Visual Art Open Prize will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works, commercial mentoring package, and stand space at Chester Art Fair 2020. £250.00 will be awarded for each winning category. The majority of applications will be published across social media platforms helping to promote artists further.

About Black Mango

Black Mango are experts in events management and experience concepts. Delivering a unique event for each guest is their raison d’être. From one goose-bump inducing surprise to the next, they create memorable experiences. Experiences designed to engage, strengthen ties, and build loyalty to you. Their goal is to make your organisation better, by developing dynamic solutions to your event challenges. Challenges as complex as concept development, communication, logistics, production, and travel organisation.

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Previous call for artists from Black Mango


Handmade Edinburgh – Call for Artists

Handmade in Britain announces a call for artists for Handmade Edinburgh.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Jul 2016

Set to become the leading showcase for contemporary craft in Scotland, Handmade Edinburgh 28-30 October 2016 is supported by Craft Scotland and will take place in Edinburgh’s iconic landmark and key event venue, The Hub.

Handmade Edinburgh is a three day selling event and is highly consumer orientated, offering visitors the opportunity to view, buy or commission their perfect piece and take it home with them.

Handmade Edinburgh invites applications from individual designer–makers of contemporary craft who work in the following areas: fashion, interiors, textiles, glass, jewelry, paper, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, and prints. Makers do not have to be Scottish or live in Scotland to apply.

This is a brand new event, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Handmade in Britain has ten years of experience organizing contemporary, high-end craft events in London and Bath. Last year saw the successful launch of our first international show, Handmade at Kew which saw over 7,500 visitors across four days. This year, we’re reaching out to more areas and adding a new event to our portfolio with Handmade Edinburgh.

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Handmade Edinburgh


International Postcard Show 2016 – Call for Artists

Surface Gallery invites artists from across the world to participate in The International Postcard Show.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 8 Jan 2016

All works received with a completed application form before the deadline will be accepted and exhibited as part of the show. Artworks in any medium are welcome, but must fit the postcard-sized specifications of 4×6 inches (10.5x15cm) with a maximum depth of 5mm.

UK Entries: 1 postcard = £6, 2 postcards = £11, 3 postcards = £16, 4 postcards = £21, 5 postcards = £25

International Entries: 1 postcard = £7.50, 2 postcards = £13.50, 3 postcards = £17.50, 4 postcards = £22, 5 postcards = £26
Entries are limited to 5 per person.

All submissions will be included in this vibrant and hugely popular exhibition. The International Postcard Show will feature hundreds of original creations in an array of different media by established and aspiring artists from all over the world.

All artists can choose to have their work on sale during the exhibition, and these postcards will be priced at £15, so this is a fantastic opportunity to snap up an original work of art at an affordable price. If postcards remain unsold, all participants have the opportunity to exchange their postcard with another artist, who will be randomly selected at the end of the exhibition.

We will also be awarding prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place postcards. The winners will be selected by the exhibition coordinators.

This year, for the first time ever, we will be having a people’s prize. Visitors to the exhibition will be voting for their favourite postcard which will win a free exhibition in our Loovre.

This is one of our most popular shows in the exhibitions calendar.

Surface Gallery is an independent, volunteer ran organisation.

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