Above and Below - Part of Devon Open Studios 2022

Deadline: 07/08/2022

Venue: Artizan Collective Gallery  |  City: Torquay  |  Region: Devon  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Artizan Gallery

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An open call for new works that respond to the Time & Tide Bell project and their warning about the risks affecting coastal communities. Part of Devon Open Studios 2022: The Time and Tide Bell Project.

The Time and Bell Project was first conceived in 2008 by Marcus Vergette (artist, sculptor, bell-maker) and now includes 7 completed and 6 in progress bells along the UK coastline. The bells are public artworks, gifted to reinforce connections in local communities, between different parts of the country, between the land and the sea, between ourselves and our environment.

The bells, which toll at high tides, remind us of the material and intangible relationships we have with each other and the world around us, and in doing so draw our attention to the fragility of our environment and the impact we inevitably have through our irrevocable connection to it.

As part of Devon Open Studios 2022, we are delighted to host castings and other artefacts from the Time and Tide Bell initiative and to host a programme of performances, readings, and workshops, in partnership with Prof Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter) on a project supported by the UK Climate Resilience Programme and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Alongside this, we are running an open call for new works that respond to the themes celebrated by the bells, as well as their warning about rising sea levels, flooding and coastal erosion:

  • Interconnectedness
  • Our relationship with the sea
  • Coastal communities
  • A fragile world
  • Floods, ruins, erosion,
  • Disappearing infrastructure and communities

Artist Brief

Interested applicants are invited to submit works that engage with the core themes of the Time and Tide Bell Project listed above. Qualifying works may include:

  • Individual 2D works for wall display
  • Individual 3D works (sculpture) for plinth/floor/shelf display
  • Works in series (either 2D, 3D or mixed)

Whilst not compulsory, works that additionally reflect on the locality of Torbay, its unique marine environment, seagrass beds, geology and UNESCO Global Geopark status are welcomed.

This is an unpaid, commercial exhibition opportunity. Submissions are juried, entries are free.


There are no strict criteria for submissions other than the remit expressed in the core themes. The venue has a range of display opportunities for traditional 2D and 3D work (i.e. framed paintings or plinth display sculptures).

Applicants proposing larger works, series, or pieces that may require specific or involved installation are encouraged to contact the gallery in advance of making a submission to confirm the viability for the venue. Such applications are welcomed, and the gallery is open to working with artists wishing to submit artworks on this basis.

Full Terms and Conditions can be viewed here: art-hub.co.uk/exhibitorsterms


Applications can be made by submitting the below details:

  • Contact Name
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Number
  • Artist Website (if applicable)
  • Artist Statement (maximum 250 words)
  • Full artwork description

For each work this should include: Title, dimensions, medium, price, along with further supporting description and details that focuses on specific installation requirements if applicable.

Alongside this, you should submit sufficient images of the work, clearly identifying files as they are titled in your work description.

All information can be submitted via CuratorSpace.


  • Deadline for Entries: Midnight 7th August
  • Confirmation of Entries: Midnight 14th August
  • Start Date: 10th September
  • End Date: 16th October
  • Launch Date: 9th September, 18:00-20:00
  • Delivery Week: 28th August – 4th September
  • Hang Week: 5th September – 8th September
  • Delivery Deadline: 4th September, 16:00

Opening Hours: It may be necessary for our opening hours to adjust between now and the exhibition, but we intend to open weekends and 3 week days (5 days/week) 11:00-16:00

Submissions are free, commission 40% taken on all sales.
Organiser Details
Main Contact: Julie Brandon
Contact: Via curatorspace
Venue Address

Artizan Collective Gallery
Unit 5 Fleet Walk
74 Fleet Street
Local Context
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark

Torbay is a UNESCO designated Global Geopark. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection with all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our Earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the impact of natural disasters.

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark takes in the whole of the unitary authority of Torbay, along with its unique marine environment, recognising 32 geosites that cover 3 geological time periods. As well as being internationally significant, the sites tell a story about unique local heritage and history of the area and map the human connection to the land and sea that has existed for millennia. connected to their environment

To read more about the Geopark, visit here: http://www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk/section_main.cfm?section=101


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
This opportunity is open to artists of all practices. Works in series, both 2D and 3D are accepted, along with proposals for installations, video work and other multidisciplinary practice. Those porposing works of a more involved nature should contact the gallery for a conversation before making their submission.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for submissions is August 7th, Midnight.
How many works can I submit?
There are no limits to the number of works you can submit but this is an open call for art looking to select multiple artists for a diverse explorative show.
When is the delivery date?
Delivery Week: 28th August – 4th September
Hang Week: 5th September – 8th September
Delivery Deadline: 4th September, 16:00
When do I need to collect my work?
Collection of work is during the fortnight after the close of the exhibition on 16th October.
How much does it cost?
This opportunity is free to enter.
Are there payments to artists?
This is a commercial exhibition and artists will receive payment for the sale of work.
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a launch evening on September 9th, 18:00-20:00
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Opening Hours: It may be necessary for our opening hours to adjust between now and the exhibition, but we intend to open weekends and 3 week days (5 days/week) 11:00-16:00
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Extensive promotion takes place across our full calendar of exhibitions. Alongside this, a full range of digital publicity materials will be provided to participating artists. The exhibition will also be covered as part of Devon Open Studios 2022.
Do I need to be present?
There are no stewarding responsibilities as part of this opportunity. If your work requires bespoke installation you may be required to be present on site to support this process.
How do you decide on proposals?
Proposals are judged by the exhibition partners listed in the call document.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
If your proposal is chosen you will be required to make work available within the dates outlined in the call.

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