Cultivate presents Still - An online group show

Deadline: 13/05/2021  |  Published: 30/04/2021  |  City: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Cultivate

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Still will be another carefully curated artist-led on-line group show brought to you once more by Cultivate. Another busy show, maximalist you might say...

Still will be the fifth online 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 38 artists from all over the land and the globe, around 15 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 165th 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 read these things and just send us tedious photographs of red telephone boxes taken on their phone or pieces of digital/video art and well..

Still will open online at 7pm on Tuesday May 25th 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 a dozen 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 Still is open to artists of all disciplines besides photography or digital/video 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 Alright? and Recultivate, polite illustration is not really what we're about.

If you wish to be considered for Still 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 your cat had for dinner today or heaven forbid one of those dreadful Saatchi pages, (an Instagram page that is mostly 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 properly social media feeds, a little more than just a 24 hour"story", post it properly (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 didn't bother last time then why should we ask you back?)

If you wish to submit to Still 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 then we will try and take the time to tell you why, as artists ourselves there's nothing we hate more than a rude cut 'n paste rejection.

Deadline is end of day Thursday 13th May 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?
We welcome all working artists with a professional outlook (other than digital artists or photographers) see the main body of information for more details, please read it before submitting.
When is the deadline?
Deadline is end of day Thursday 13th May 2021.
How many works can I submit?
up to five, one is okay, more than one gives us far more idea of who you are and what you are about.
How much does it cost?
There is no financial charge, we give all our time and effort free of charge, but we do expect you to put some effort into sharing and posting about the events both before it opens and once it has.
Are there payments to artists?
just our blood, sweat, tears and late nights...
Is there a private view / opening?
The show will "open" online at 7pm on Tuesday May 25th, once the show is up we see no reason to ever close it.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
all day everyday
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
all the usually listing sites, social media feeds, via Organ magqzine, a Facebook event page and more
How do you decide on proposals?
We look at the submitted work, we look at your website and such to see what you're about, most it comes down to our tastes.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
you will get an direct message here and a direct follow up via email
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
I think we covered that in the main description but we do stongly encourage you to go look at our previous online shows.
What are the selection criteria?
I think we covered that in the main description

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