Dirty Secrets Open Call

Deadline: 09/01/2022  |  Published: 14/11/2021  |  Venue: Fronteer Gallery  |  City: Sheffield  |  Region: South Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Fronteer Art

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Lust and Licentiousness is the theme of this 'secret' exhibition at Fronteer Gallery Sheffield. Head down to the Basement Gallery Space to see this underground exhibition.

Dirty Secrets will be an exhibition at Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield which will be marketed as a 'secret' exhibition to create excitement and mystery. The exhibition will be downstairs in the Basement Exhibition Space and will have more of an unpolished, backroom feel to it.

We are looking for works with a lustful and licentious feel to them. Work can be in any medium except audio or video work.

Artists are invited to submit 1 piece of work for the Dirty Secrets exhibition. Please provide a short description of no more than 100 words, which will be displayed alongside the work. Work should be no bigger than 40cm x 40cm and should be light weight, so that they can be hung using Command Strips.

The exhibition will run for 6 weeks, From 10th February until 18th March.

The gallery is open Wednesdays-Saturdays.

Artists from all backgrounds are invited to submit ONE piece of work each. It is free to apply with only successful artists paying a fee of £20.

In return for your fee, you will get a private view evening with free drinks which you are welcome to bring friends and family along to, and promotion of the exhibition online through social media.

The submission deadline is 9th January 2022 and successful artists will be contacted by 16th January 2022

Successful artists are welcome to send their work by post. Please note that it can only be sent using Royal Mail, and must the fit dimensions for a Royal Mail medium parcel. Due to Coronavirus restrictions only Royal Mail delivery personnel have access to the building where the post will be sent to. We cannot accept work sent by courier, including Parcelforce. Please note that the postal address is not the same as the gallery address. All work sent by post must reach us not later than 2nd February 2022.

Artists are also welcome to deliver work in person to the gallery during gallery opening hours between 19th January – 2nd February. Any work which is too big to be sent as a Royal Mail medium parcel must be delivered in person.

Successful artists should pay their £20 fee by 2nd February 2022.

Work can be offered for sale during the exhibition, and there is a commission charge of 10%.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

How to Submit

Wall Mounted work

Artists are invited to submit one piece of work no bigger than 40cm across any one side for wall mounted work. This includes any frames or mounts. Work can be smaller and any dimension, as long as it is less than 40x40cm. All work should be ready to hang and can be framed or unframed, although all work must be light enough to be held in place with Command Strips for 6 weeks. You may submit up to 3 images of your piece of work.

Sculpture and 3-D

3-D and sculptural work that does not hang on the wall should be able to fit onto a 40x40 plinth. All work should be ready to display.

Work in this exhibition will be left unattended with no invigilation. The gallery will be staffed at all times when open to the public, although gallery staff will be upstairs in the main gallery space.

Work should be collected from the gallery during gallery opening hours between 23rd March – 2nd April 2022. If you would like your work returning to you by post please be aware that we charge a fee which includes packaging, handling and 2nd Class signed for postage. Larger parcels can be returned through Parcelforce and will be sent Express 48. Couriers cannot collect your work from the gallery. If work is small enough you are welcome to include a stamped addressed envelope for return postage which will incur no further charge.

All work must be complete at the time of submission. Any work which varies from the original piece submitted may be rejected. If you wish to submit any form of print, it will be your responsibility to print it off and prepare it for exhibition before delivering it to us.

Thank you and good luck!

Michael and Sharon (The Fronteer Team)


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any UK based artist.
When is the deadline?
9th January.
How many works can I submit?
One per artist.
When is the delivery date?
Between 19th January - 2nd February.
When do I need to collect my work?
Between 23rd March - 2nd April.
How much does it cost?
It is free to apply with only successful artists paying a £20 fee.
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a private view on Thursday 10th February, if Government Covid restrictions at the time allow.
Does the location have disabled access?
There is no disabled access to the Basement Exhibition Space.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be contacted by 16th Jnauary.

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