Bonsall Art Trail - call for artists

Deadline: 31/01/2024

City: Bonsall Village in Matlock on the edge of the Peak District  |  Region: Derbyshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Bonsall Arts Trail

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The Bonsall Art trail is a trail to showcase the work of talented established and new artists and makers who want to exhibit and sell their work. We support young and emerging artists in the trail and look to include community groups, particularly those who are typically under-represented in the arts or within society.

Bonsall Art Trail is a new arts trail located in the village of Bonsall on the edge of the peak district. As a curated trail we aim to showcase the work of talented established and new artists and makers who want to exhibit and sell their work. Subscription covers entry to the exhibition and membership of Bonsall Arts Trail Association.

The trail, over the weekend of June 29th and 30th  2024, will showcase the work of a wide range of artists and makers from Derbyshire and surrounding counties. We have a policy of inclusivity and welcome applications fro community groups, particularly those who are typically under-represented in the arts or within society. We also welcome applications from emerging artists, regardless of age, and offer a supportive experience for first or second time exhibitors.

The trail is a curated series of exhibitions by individual artists, makers, and groups. This includes painting and drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass, jewellery, digital and other  media. Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of mastery of their chosen medium or media, and must be able to include original pieces available for purchase over the weekend. We also ask that artists or makers submit their most recent work.

A note to artists that there will be no provision of tables for hire for the trail. There will be a limited amount of display boards to hire for those exhibiting in the central marquees at a charge of £20 per artist, please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered.

The fee for application is £10 and we require a short description of your work or yourself as an artist (around 100 words) and six representative jpeg images which will be used on the website, social media and in the trail programme. Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded minus a small processing charge, with supportive and constructive feedback provided if requested. Successful applicants will be asked to pay a subscription to Bonsall Arts Trail Association of £50 which includes exhibition at the Trail and the opportunity to promote their work and other activities via our website

Submission fees

The following submission fees apply to this opportunity.

  • Submission fee - 10.00 GBP

The appropriate fee will be payable using a debit or credit card after the first submission has been completed. If the submission fee allows you to submit more than once, you will be able to make further submissions after the first. Contact the curator if you have any questions about the opportunity or the submission fee, or email if you have any questions about the payment process.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
All artists working in any physical media (therefore regretably we cannot accept music or dance). Individual applicants must be aged over 18. We welcome group applications that include young artists under 18 that are supervised by an adult. Under-represented groups are very welcome to apply.
When is the deadline?
January 31st 2024
How many works can I submit?
For the Trail itself there is no limit. The application requires 6 jpeg images and 100 words that describe your work or yourself as an artist. This can be written in first or third person.
When is the delivery date?
June 28th and 29th 2024
When do I need to collect my work?
June 30th 2024
How much does it cost?
£10 to apply and a further £50 if accepted. Hire of boards is an extra £20 if requested (boards are limited to use in central marquees). Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded minus a small processing charge.
Are there payments to artists?
Only payments received by sales
Is there a private view / opening?
There is no private viewing at the opening
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10am - 5pm
Does the location have disabled access?
The central location on the village park is flat and accessible
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will advertise on social media, CuratorSpace, local press and radio
Do I need to be present?
Where will my venue be listed?
In our programme, on social media including selected artists own social media local events listings and through CuratorSpace
How do you decide on proposals?
We get together as a group and evaluate the work on merit
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be sent a letter of acceptance and a request to pay the full £50 fee no later than the end of March 2024
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Work that includes painting, sculpture, mixed media, print, photography, digital, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and glass. All exhibited items must be the artists own work, be hand made and original pieces must be included for exhibition. We ask that work submitted represents the artists most recent pieces.
What are the selection criteria?
Work that demonstrates a high level of skill and mastery of the artists chosen media. For groups we apply different criteria. We ask interested groups to approach us directly to discuss your needs and how they would like to benefit from involvement in the trail.

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