Cultivate presents Next (Au Suivant)

Deadline: 08/04/2021  |  Published: 22/03/2021  |  Venue: on-line hosted by Organ magazine  |  City: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Cultivate

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Next (Au Suivant) will be the fourth on-line contemporary exhibition of 2021 from London's artist-led Cultivate gallery. Once again most of the artists will be directly invited but the open call element and hearing from artists we don't know yet is important. The previous show featured 39 artists from all over the land and the globe, 17 came via the open call. We are very picky, our door is open though, new artistic blood is important. This will be the 15th online exhibition from Cultivate and we think, if we’ve counted it right, the 164th Cultivate art show in all.

Please read all of this, I know how long it is but it will save us all time. You'd be amazed at how many people don't then then just send us tedious photographs of red telephone boxes taken on their phone or pieces of digital art that look like every other bit of bad digital art we get sent...

Next (Au Suivant) will open online at 8pm on Tuesday April 20th via the Organ magazine website at  We will once again be personally inviting the majority of the artists, but as always the flow of artistic new blood is very important. There is an open call aspect, and we would like to have around ten artists we don’t actually know yet, we also welcome those who have shown with us before to submit again. Please do check out one of the the recent previous online shows here on the Organ website to get a flavour of what we do and what we're looking for, the most recent online show with an open call element was the Alright? show.

Theme? No, we don’t need a theme, just art that excites us enough to want to share it.  Once again, as with the previous online shows this year, we are looking for exciting painters, installation artists, 3D artists, in fact Next (Au Suivant) is open to artists of all disciplines besides photography or digital art (nothing against either discipline and there are plenty of online outlets for both, this online show is not about digital art or photography), and the one thing we really don't want is a flat lifeless image of a painting, have a look at one of the the last shows, go grab a flavour and a feel, make your image feel like a piece of art hanging on a gallery wall.  We had a lot of what you might call polite illustration last time, please do check out the two of the recent online shows #43Artists and Recultivate, polite illustration is not really what we're about.

If you wish to be considered for Next (Au Suivant) then simply submit no more than five images  with titles and a link to your artist website. The minimum requirement for this online show is that you have a working, well maintained up-to-date artist website that we can link to so people can find out more about you – a working website mind you, not just a Facebook page or an instagram account that full of photos from your last birthday party or what you had for dinner today or heaven forbid one of those dreadful Saatchi pages, (an Instagram page that is only focused on your art or a Facebook Artist page is more than fine).

The call is open to anyone from anywhere on the planet. There are no fees or costs involved, we’re not paying anything in terms of gallery rents and such for this one so why would we even dream of charging our fellow artists just to open an email? Some galleries or curators or indeed artists might think the practice is okay and exploiting artists like that is fine but  we detest the practice.  Sure, there’s a fair bit of our time involved but hey, we don’t like galleries who charge for just opening an email and then claim it to be admin costs, why should anyone ever pay to submit to a show they’re might not even get to take part in?  All we ask from you, is that if you are selected that you put up links and proactively share details on your own websites and social media feeds (frankly if you don’t share the link and carry the news on your art pages then you won’t be asked back, I think that’s fair, we will check and if you haven’t bothered then why should we?)

If you wish to submit to Next (Au Suivant) then please do. Once you do we promise to get back as soon as we can, usually within four or five working days (probably faster) with a yes or no, if it is a yes we’ll come back and ask for all the details we need) if it is a no we will try and take the time to tell you why, as artists ourselves nothing we hate more than rude cut 'n paste rejection.

Deadline is end of day Thursday 8th April 2021. Don’t be leaving it until the last minute though, you have more chance if you don’t leave it to the very last minute and the rush from everyone else…

Once again the show is being curated by the Cultivate team of Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. We are first and foremost working artists. We opened Cultivate because we really didn’t like the often very cynical way most galleries were treating us artists,  we like to be treated the way you as artists expect to be treated. Cultivate is an artist-led thing, please leave any art school attitudes outside the front door. We are very much about letting people in but we are very very picky, if we say no, we will politely tell you why rather than just send you a standard rejection. If we say no, it is mostly a reflection of our personal tastes – first, above all else, we need to feel what you do is right for this group show and that being part of the show is right for both you and us, some art really works in an online context, some art simply doesn't…

One more thing, we have noticed some people have a habit of submitting the same art as the art we rejected last time, please don’t.  There's one guy who submits their same painting to every call we ever put up here, we keep telling him why we're saying no, we'll probably just hit the decline button for him this time, there are only so many hours in the day.

Do please look at the previous shows, it will save us all lots of time.

Thanks for reading all this, we look forward to hearing from you.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
The open call is open to all artists with a professional outlook, attitude and practice, we do have a bias towards contemporary painters and as it says in the main description, you must have a working artist website. The show is open to all but photographers or digital artists.
When is the deadline?
Thursday April 8th
How many works can I submit?
up to five
How much does it cost?
There is no cost other than your time and effort in telling people before and after the show as opened.
Are there payments to artists?
no, only our time and effort.
Is there a private view / opening?
this is an online show but we do have an opening night for people to focus on in terms of publicity and the sense of an event
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Once the show is open it stays open 24/7 and with all our online shows, will remain open. We have no plans to end any of them.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Lots of coverage via both the Organ and Cultivate websites, all the usual social media activity, listings on all the usual arts website and of course we will attrempt to get publicity anywhere we can, we do tend to shout about our shows rather a lot, we expect the participating artists to do so as well, if you're too cool to put the show poster on your instagram feed and the details and link your artist website then don't bother applying...
Do I need to be present?
no, but if you are are busying sharing it on your social media feeds on the first night and the first week that would be good.
Where will the exhibition be listed?
Organ, CuratorSpace, Art Rabbit, Facebook, Ello, Viro, Instagram, Twitter, all the usual places..
How do you decide on proposals?
All down to our good taste, we have a look at the art submitted, we look at the artists website to see what their attitude is like. If we like what we see then we invite you. But the art has to be right for the show and in the end it does have to be a dictatorship, hopefully a friendly one but...
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
we send you a message here via CuratorSpace and then we shall be back in touch with updates via a mailing list of participating artists we will put together. Do watch those spam bits and junk mail folders now.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Have a look at the previous shows, they will tell you.

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