A Modern Bestiary : Animals - fact & fiction - Open Exhibition Winter 21-22 - Apply Now

Deadline: 12/09/2021  |  Published: 15/06/2021  |  City: Todmorden  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Water Street Gallery

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Unique opportunity to participate in creating a visual Modern Bestiary in this gallery. Explore the animal kingdom, real and imagined, mythical and scientific.

Do your creative skills harness this brief.  Challenge and experiment? Painting, drawing, 3D, assemblage, printmaking, ceramics, lens based.

A few thoughts:  Steeped in tradition the Bestiary has compelled artists and writers from shamanistic neolithic era to medieval times, from Victorian to the 21st century. 

Historically  intended as moral instruction the iconography, usually accompanied with text, followed the sequence of creation theories traditionally hybrid creatures - Unicorn, Lion, Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, Sea Creatures 

Current  interactions of humans with animals  is today at the forefront of our consciousness and conscience. Now more than ever.  

The issues are complex and  diverse whether farmed for food, sport,  for research,  conservation, or as companions, and are frequently experience by us humans from a distance as TV documentaries, books and stories,  anthropomorphic cartoons, games and of course, art.

Bringing people  closer to the animal kingdom in intriguing, joyous, powerful and sometimes scary ways. 

We hope to make this an extended and interactive exhibition with poets, writers, workshops and the like.  

£10 fee in total for all accepted submissions.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
All practicing artists - over 16 years.
When is the deadline?
12 September 2021, or asap
How many works can I submit?
Up to 6 works
When is the delivery date?
25 & 26 Sept. or by arrangement
When do I need to collect my work?
to be arranged
How much does it cost?
£10 total submission
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
20 October
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Web, social media, posters, advertising
Do I need to be present?
At some stage
Where will my venue be listed?
A variety of publications and online platforms
How do you decide on proposals?
Quality of work and if fits theme
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will receive confirmation and further information.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Explore the animal kingdom, real and imagined, a contemporary take on this fascinating genre.
What are the selection criteria?
Artistic quality, artistic ambition, quality of ideas and inventiveness. Context and connection to the theme

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