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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.

For more information, contact luke.currall@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

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The Baron Prize For Art And Photography (International) – Call For Artists

The Baron Prize For Art And Photography (International) – Call For Artists

Baron and Baroness announce a call for artists for The Baron Prize for Art and Photography, a biannual award aiming to highlight emerging artists and photographers of any gender, age, or nationality, working in any media. The prize invites emerging artists, photographers, and filmmakers to submit one work that explores Baron’s core themes – sex and sexuality and identity politics. The winner is awarded a £1000 cash prize and a selection of art and photography books worth £1000.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2020

Each submission must contain a 500-word artist statement about the work. Contextualise your submission and explain the meaning.

The submission must consider a rationale behind the construction of the work. Evidence this in your artist statement. For example, find meaning aligned with your chosen concept about how your work is made. This should include your chosen medium, casting, subject, interiors, exteriors, and techniques.

The submission must be one work. The works original context could be from a series of works. It can be new or existing work. The submission can use any medium. For example, this could be a film still, documentation of a performance, painting, word art, or photography. The Baron Prize for Art and Photography will be judged by a transnational panel.

The Baron Prize for Art and Photography Participant Benefits

The winner is awarded a £1000 cash prize and a selection of art and photography books worth £1000. Your work will be shown on Baron’s digital assets and judged by a panel of industry judges.

Judges

  • Ashleigh Kane is the Arts and Culture editor of Dazed & Confused since 2014. Ashleigh has been widely recognized for her work with new photography and art talents, many of which are now creative agenda setters all over the world.
  • ​Bruce Labruce is a Canadian artist, writer, filmmaker and photographer based in Toronto. His work explores themes of sexual and interpersonal transgression against cultural norms.
  • ​Matthew Holroyd is the co-founder and creative director of Baron and Baroness.
  • Nadia Lee Cohen is a British photographer, film maker, and performance artist inspired by American and British cinema of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally.

About Baron and Baroness

Baron was launched in 2013 and is stocked worldwide in over 20 countries in museums such as Tate Modern and concept stores such as Dover Street Market. The publication has collaborated with artists such as Bjarne Melgard to Eva Stenram and photographers such as Harley Weir to Tyrone Lebon.

The publication is in various collections including the book collections at MoMA NYC and The LUMA Foundation.

For more information, contact ct@baron-productions.com.

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Visual Art Open 2020 (Chester, UK) – Call For Artists

Visual Art Open 2020 (Chester, UK) – Call For Artists

Black Mango Art announces a call for artists for Visual Art Open 2020. The art competition is a not for profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. No age restrictions. All welcome to apply. The aim is to give artists the ultimate platform to develop their passion and career in the arts sector.

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Deadline: 7 Feb 2020

Fees: £15.00 per submission. £10.00 for entrants under 24 years old.

Phase 2 of applications close on the 29 Feb 2020 at midnight.

Competition Categories:

  • Painting /Mixed Media /Printmaking
  • Illustration /Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography/Digital Art
  • Young Artist (16-24 years old)
  • Children’s Award (15 years and under)

Visual Art Open 2020 Benefits

The overall winner of Visual Art Open 2020 will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000.00 to support the production of new works, plus stand space at Chester Art Fair 2021. £250.00 will be awarded for category winners. Finalists will benefit from exhibiting, selling, and showcasing their work to art critics and art buyers alike at the Chester Arts Fair 2020.

About Black Mango Art

No information provided.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com.

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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.

For more information, contact info@royalulsteracademy.org.

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Young Masters Art Prize 2019 (London, England) – Call For Artists

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 (London, England) – Call For Artists

Cynthia Corbett Gallery announces a call for artists for the Young Masters Art Prize 2019, seeking artists who show originality, skill, and imagination in response to the art of the past.

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Deadline: 31 May 2019

This renowned, innovative and high-profile Prize recognizes how contemporary artists embrace the art of the past. More recently, the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize was developed to celebrate excellence in contemporary ceramics. Young Masters tours continuously throughout the year. It offers a wider audience the opportunity to engage with the debates between contemporary art and art history.

The Young Masters Art Prize 2019 panel will include critic Godfrey Barker, art historian Jean Wainwright and founder of the Bridgeman Art Library and Managing Director of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS), Lady Harriet Bridgeman, CBE.

The judging panel for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize comprises collector Preston Fitzgerald; ceramics patron Maylis Grand; Director of New Art Centre – Roche Court, Stephen Feeke; the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells; and founder of Cultural Agenda, Davina Weir-Willats.

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 Artist Benefits

The exhibition of shortlisted artists will be held in London from 30 September to 5 October at La Galleria, Pall Mall. The winners will be announced at a prestigious presentation event on 1 October 2019.

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 Awards:

  • Winner’s Prize of £1,500
  • Two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)

Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Awards:

  • Winner’s Prize of £1,000, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand
  • Highly Commended Award of £500, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand

Emerging Woman Artist Award:

£1,000, generously sponsored by Dr Chris Blatchley, along with mentoring, career advice and inclusion in an upcoming Art Fair with Cynthia Corbett Gallery

People’s Choice Award:

£500, Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance

About Cynthia Corbett Gallery

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery, represents emerging and newly established contemporary artists. It is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs. The gallery has an annual exhibition programme in London and New York, as well as collaborations with galleries worldwide. The gallery works with a number of mid-career American, British, and European artists whose works have been published and acquired by international museums and institutions.

For more information, contact info@young-masters.co.uk.

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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.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com.

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New Digital Artwork – Call For Artists

New Digital Artwork – Call For Artists

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and the Kent Medway National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Partnership are seeking to commission a new digital artwork to be accessioned as a permanent artifact within their collections. This ambitious new commission will respond to the NPO partners’ museums and their contents as well as address broader themes of collecting and exhibiting physical and digital artworks within a museum context.

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Deadline: 7 Feb 2019

The Kent Medway NPO Partnership is a consortium of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums and Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Gallery) funded by Arts Council England (ACE) as a National Portfolio Organisation to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity, and wellbeing to existing and new audiences in their communities.

New Digital Artwork Artist Benefits

This commission is for the value of £15,000 (inclusive of VAT). This amount is to cover artists’ fees; research, development, and expenses; all digital and physical production costs, services, and hardware and software; and transport and installation.

Payment will be made in 4 equal installments:

  1. on the award of the commission,
  2. developed design,
  3. production, and
  4. delivery of the work.

About Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery houses 60,000 objects. It shares the special story of the Borough through fantastic collections of local history, natural history, Tunbridge ware, costume and textiles, toys and games, photography, folk art, and fine art. The story of Kent’s spa town is featured throughout the collection, highlighting stories from the decadence of the manor house to the Spartan lifestyle of the humble hop-picker. With support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Kent County Council, and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the museum, library, art gallery, and adjacent Adult Education Centre are currently closed to be redeveloped into a new cultural and learning hub set to open in 2021.

For more information, contact luke.currall@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

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Visual Art Open Prize 2019 – Call For Artists

Visual Art Open Prize 2019 – Call For Artists

Announcing a call for artists for the Visual Art Open Prize 2019.  The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and promote artists who have yet to establish their profile in the contemporary art world. There are six categories: painting/mixed media/printmaking, illustration/drawing, sculpture, photography, digital, and young artists (under 24).

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Deadline: 12 Dec 2018

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

Artists who apply on or before December 12th 2018 will receive guaranteed social media coverage across the Visual Art Open’s channels, a feature in our newsletter, and feedback on entries from our expert panel of judges.

The overall winner of the Visual Art Open Prize 2019 will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 to support the production of new works, commercial mentoring package, an exclusive solo show, and an exhibition at Chester Art Fair 2020. £250.00 will be awarded for each winning category.

About the Visual Art Open

The Visual Art Open is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a platform for artists within the contemporary art world.

For more information, contact info@visualartopen.com.

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Artrooms Fair London – Deadline Extended – Call For Artists

Artrooms Fair London – Deadline Extended – Call For Artists

Artrooms Fair announces a call for artists for Artrooms Fair London with an extended deadline. The Fair will run from the 11th to the 13th January 2019 at iconic Meliã White House Hotel, Albany St, London NW1 3UP near Regent’s Park in London. Artrooms is an international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition spaces to independent artists.

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Deadline: 31 Jul 2018

Room/Video Art Application: Artists will exhibit in hotel rooms to be transformed into their own creative and intimate studios. It is a great opportunity to share your vision, meet collectors, curators, and to be scouted by galleries. Application fee is £20.

The Single Work Application: Artists submit one application for one work and, if selected, will not be required to attend the fair. It is a great opportunity for all artists who express their interest in Artrooms Fair but experience difficulties in covering transport and accommodation expenses on top of the shipment and/or getting a travel VISA. Application fee is £50.

Selected artists for Artrooms Fair London, chosen by a prestigious selection committee, will be announced in September 2018.

About Artrooms Fair

Artrooms Fair’s mission is to exhibit artworks in an intimate surrounding. It shortens the distance between artists, curators, and visitors away from the daunting walls of the white cube ideology of the gallery space. After four editions, the fair has become the largest event for independent artists in the UK. It is one of the most talked about in the UK art’s calendar, receiving approximately 1,700 applications and showcasing more than 1,000 art works. Artrooms Fair has been receiving applications from 65 countries worldwide. Artrooms’ most innovative concept is to reconnect artists and galleries. It turns the fair into a hunting ground for scouting international trends. Since the last edition, the fair has engaged galleries launching a new affiliation programme. Artrooms has became not just an innovative fair for art buyers but also a place where enthusiastic visitors can approach art for the first time and enter the artist’s universe.

For more information, contact guest@art-rooms.org.

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Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage – Call For Artists

Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage – Call For Artists

The Portico Library announces an artist/curator opportunity for a research residency and exhibition, Sharing the Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage. The Library particularly welcomes artists with an enthusiasm for interpreting historical material.

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Deadline: 13 May 2018

In March 2018 the library was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to catalogue its archive and promote its findings through an exhibition entitled ‘Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage.’ The Library is inviting artists and curators to collaborate on a research project to emphasize the collection’s 21st-century context and relevance. The exhibition, launching in December 2018 and supported by The Zochonis Charitable Trust, will feature significant discoveries and provide an informative visual presentation of the archiving process itself.

Applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful similar projects. They must provide examples of original, distinctive work. The Library aims to promote a wide variety of voices and perspectives.

Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage Artist Benefits

  • £500 initial contributor fee with further funding anticipated
  • Private access to the special research collection and archive with professional staff support
  • Staffing for exhibition launch evening and associated events
  • Invigilation for the duration of the exhibition
  • Curatorial support
  • Design and printing of exhibition booklet
  • Publicity and promotion through The Portico Library quarterly magazine, website, social media, and advertising

About The Portico Library

The Portico Library has been central to Manchester’s cultural and intellectual life since its establishment in 1806. It is now open free to the public six days a week. Its collection of 25,000 rare books, archives, and illustrations provides fascinating insights into the 18th and 19th centuries. A diverse programme of events and exhibitions promotes contemporary responses to this history from artists. As a registered charity, their role is to preserve the library and its collections. They ensure collections are shared with a diverse and growing audience of visitors, members, and researchers. The Portico Library’s archive records the history of the people, events, language, politics, and communities of the North West of England over the last 212 years. It shines an important light on the social history of Manchester and Victorian Britain as a whole. This material, virtually untouched by contemporary researchers, reveals The Portico’s connection to significant events.

For more information, contact gallery@theportico.org.uk.

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