English Riviera Photography Showcase 2021

Deadline: 14/03/2021  |  Published: 28/12/2020  |  Venue: Artizan Collective Gallery  |  City: Torquay  |  Region: Devon  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Artizan Gallery

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"Finding A Way Home". 2020 was marked by global hardship and suffering, a year where the term “uncertainty” became near meaningless but the phrase “life changing” became all too familiar. It has already been recognised as a monumental moment in history of comparative significance to the two world wars, the ripples of which will still be being felt for many years to come. But there is a positive legacy of 2020 to be unearthed in the year ahead; one that recognises the strength of communities against overwhelming adversity; one that applauds the extraordinary efforts and individual sacrifices made; and one that celebrates the peace and resilience we were able to find in this new and harsh reality. 2021 promises a chance for recovery and the search for hope, as we step out on a journey, to find a way home.

**UPDATE** With the recent UK announcement of a roadmap out of the current lockdown we can be confident that this exhibition will be able to physically take place in our venue this Spring and we will be using this as our relaunch event. As a precautionary measure to avoid disruption, we have taken the decision to delay the start of the exhibition to April 19th (7 days after the current predicted date for the return of non-essential retail). Additional opening days and hours will be added to accommodate this delay, as well as an extension to the submission deadline, which will now run until Midnight March 14th.

 

"Finding A Way Home" is a multi-stranded photographic and digital artwork exhibition hosted by Artizan Collective CIC and co-curated and produced by The South West Collective and Artizan Gallery.

Featuring a headline exhibition, a showcase of 5-8 spotlighted artists, and an open selection of individual works, this South West first invites submissions of work that consider the idea of "home" both in the traditional sense and the contemporary context in light of the global pandemic.

Full details of the themes, opportunity and how to take part are outlined below.

THEMES

The focus of all the call opportunities is the theme of "Home". There are no restrictions on how this is interpreted by applicants, but we anticipate that recent global events may play into responses. Additionally, artists may wish to consider:

- Personal responses to their own home

- Home as a multifunctional space

- Home as an environment, a shared space, a safe place

- Isolation and the solitary experience of home

- Home as a transient and fragile space

- Belonging and togetherness

- Physicality vs Spirituality of home – the objects, items and buildings vs the emotions, concepts and constructs that define these spaces

- The wider construct of home and place socially – identity, nationalism, patriotism

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

Artizan Collective CIC is a non-profit social enterprise supported by Artizan Gallery established in 2019 to take advantage of opportunities to access prominent but vacant retail and commercial buildings on behalf of the arts. In these spaces, they deliver professional curated exhibitions opportunities for the benefit of practitioners and audiences, as well as valuable programmes that promote community arts engagement.

They currently hold a venue at the heart of the English Riviera, situated near the Torquay harbourside and benefitting from prominent positioning, easy accessibility and high footfall, and have developed the space into a welcoming arts space. From here they host an annual programme of open exhibitions and showcases, welcoming professional and award-winning creatives in various fields as well as emerging talent, to exhibit under one roof, whilst promoting the wider cultural offer of this premier seaside resort.

Artizan Collective CIC

Artizan Gallery

THE SOUTH WEST COLLECTIVE

The South West Collective

OPPORTUNITIES

There are two open calls which artists can submit work to:

- An open call for individual works (selective, see Terms and Conditions for full details of selection and judging)

- An open call for work in series and collections from individual artists (selective, see Terms and Conditions for full details of selection and judging)

All opportunities are for submissions of photography or artists working in digital mediums which include some element of photographic practice. A zine will be produced to commemorate the exhibition and a range of prizes are on offer from partners for applicants and participants. Artists can submit to both opportunities.

Full exhibition terms and conditions can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Js7vk8

INDIVIDUAL WORK SUBMISSIONS

This call is ideally suited to any artists wishing to submit individual pieces or small bodies of work.

- Artists can submit up to four works for the exhibition

- Artists may submit four works that form a series and indicate that these are submitted as one entry but would forego submitting additional works

- This opportunity is "Pay As You Feel" and artists can submit the maximum number of works for no fee.

- There is a minimum contribution of £10 for an applicant to be considered for prize draws

- Individual works should be no greater than A2 before framing, and all works must be provided framed for the exhibition (see Terms and Conditions for full details of expectations for display ready work https://bit.ly/2Js7vk8)

- Works should be available for sale in some format. This might be the displayed framed work or alternatively high-quality print runs (limited or unlimited editions). You will be asked to provide details of this in your submission form.

- This is a selective call, and your entry does not guarantee you will be included in the exhibition

- All selected works will be included in the exhibition zine, with some additional works included from submissions

- All applicants who make the minimum submission contribution, regardless of selection, will be considered for prize draws

- A People’s Choice Award will run for the duration of the exhibition with one winner being selected

COLLECTION SUBMISSIONS

This call is ideally suited to any artists with a coherent series of 5-10 works. There is an emphasis on the connected narrative of the pieces which the applicant will be expected to outline as part of the submission process.

- Artists can submit one body of work

- There are no limits on the number of works that can make up this series, but it is anticipated that a strong application will consist of no fewer than 5 works and that there will be a likely limit of 10 works exhibited from a collection. All works must be provided framed for the exhibition (see Terms and Conditions for full details of expectations for display ready work https://bit.ly/2Js7vk8)

- Fees for submitting to this show start from £10 (see the submission information below for full details)

- There are no size restrictions on individual works, but maximum display allocation is likely to be around 2m squared

- This is a selective call, and your entry does not guarantee you will be included in the exhibition

- All selected applicants will be included in the exhibition zine and will receive a free copy of this

- A guest judge will join to select an exhibition winner from the "Inhabiting" showcase


PRIZES AND BENEFITS

- Exhibition exposure in the English Riviera’s premier contemporary gallery

- Opportunity for commercial sales of work

- Automatic inclusion into prize draws (full prize list available to view at art-hub.co.uk/ex/erps21)

- Audience and industry award recognition

- Features in exhibition print and digital promotional material delivered via the channels of the exhibition curators, prize sponsors and partner organisations

- Long-term exposure on the exhibition digital hub including micro-profile and the opportunity for additional features

- Inclusion in exhibition zine

- Participation in a major photographic event for the South West

PAYMENTS

HOME
- Open Call for Individual Works (maximum 4 works)

- Pay As You Feel, starting at "Free".

- Minimum donation to be in consideration for prizes - £10

- Variable Payment: www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=5G6VFCXNKWEJC

- Minimum Prize Payment: www.art-hub.co.uk/product-page/home-english-riviera-photography-showcase-minimum-prize-entry-donation-1


INHABITING - Series Submissions

- Fees from £10 - £40: www.art-hub.co.uk/product-page/inhabiting-english-riviera-photographic-showcase-submission-fee

- Head to art-hub.co.uk/ex/erps21 for payment details


DATES

- Submission Deadline: Monday 28th February

- Confirmation of Success: Midnight 4th March

- Exhibition Start Date: 12th April

- Exhibition End Date: 16th May

- Delivery of Work: Delivery of work will be between 1st and 4th April by appointment. Work can be couriered prior to these dates but must arrive no later than 16:00 on the 4th April.

- Collection of Unsold Work: A collection schedule will be confirmed for the final week of May following the close of the exhibition.

- Launch Day Event: If a launch event is possible it will be hosted on Saturday 10th April 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


COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic has required us to make significant changes in the way we work to ensure the safety of audiences and partners. Below we briefly outline our commitment to safety as well as the contingencies in place if for whatever reason events relating to the pandemic impact the exhibition.

Artizan Collective CIC and Artizan Gallery venues and employees undertake all the required steps to remain COVID-19 Secure in line with the government’s standards for retail premises and cultural venues. As well as implementing provisions which enable us to work safely with the public in a retail setting, this also applies to the way we work with artists to securely display and showcase their work and deliver supporting services. If you have any specific queries about how this is achieved or need to make us aware of special arrangements you may require, please get in touch.

KEY CHANGES TO EXHIBITIONS

COVID-19 Secure guidelines such as social distancing will apply to all our working practices and may impact delivery and collection procedures. As always, we will aim to be as flexible as possible to support the needs of artists, but some procedures will undoubtedly be more restrictive

Retail premises are required to manage their audiences to allow sufficient distancing within venues and as such there will be requirements to limit the total number of visitors in the venue at one time. This may also require us to mark a prescribed route around the exhibition that audiences will be obliged to follow.

Due to restrictions on large gatherings we exhibition launch events cannot be guaranteed and the format of these may vary.

CONTINGENCY PLANNING

We do not foresee an eventuality where we have to cancel the exhibition but if for whatever reason this is necessary, we will endeavour to carry over submissions to future opportunities.

SHIELDING

Are you shielding? We want to do our best to support anyone to submit to the show so if you’re shielding, get in touch to discuss options for how you can safely provide work for the show if selected.

 

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
This opportunity is open to all artists working in photography or other media in some way incorporating photographic practice.
When is the deadline?
28th February 2021
How many works can I submit?
You can submit up to 4 works in the open submission category or 1 series in the collection category.
When is the delivery date?
Delivery of work will be between 1st and 4th April by appointment. Work can be couriered prior to these dates but must arrive no later than 16:00 on the 4th April.
When do I need to collect my work?
A collection schedule will be confirmed for the final week of May following the close of the exhibition.
How much does it cost?
Open Call for Individual Works (maximum 4 works) - Pay As You Feel, starting at "Free".
Minimum donation to be in consideration for prizes - £10

Variable Payment: www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=5G6VFCXNKWEJC
Minimum Prize Payment: www.art-hub.co.uk/product-page/home-english-riviera-photography-showcase-minimum-prize-entry-donation-1

Series Submissions - Fees from £10 - £40: www.art-hub.co.uk/product-page/inhabiting-english-riviera-photographic-showcase-submission-fee

Head to art-hub.co.uk/ex/erps21 for payment details
Are there payments to artists?
This is a commercial exhibition with proceeds from sales of work being paid to artists less commission.
Is there a private view / opening?
Launch Day Event: If a launch event is possible it will be hosted on Saturday 10th April
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?
The exhibition is fully accessible.
Do I need to be present?
There is no obligation to steward as part of this opportunity.
How do you decide on proposals?
A panel of judges made up of the event curators, organisers and partners will select successful entries and prize winners.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be required to meet all exhibition criteria and deadlines, making your work available display in accordance with the opportunity terms and conditions.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
The focus of all the call opportunities is the theme of “Home”. There are no restrictions on how this is interpreted by applicants, but we anticipate that recent global events may play into responses. Additionally, artists may wish to consider:

- Personal responses to their own home
- Home as a multifunctional space
- Home as an environment, a shared space, a safe place
- Isolation and the solitary experience of home
- Home as a transient and fragile space
- Belonging and togetherness
- Physicality vs Spirituality of home – the objects, items and buildings vs the emotions, concepts and constructs that define these spaces
- The wider construct of home and place socially – identity, nationalism, patriotism
What are the selection criteria?
Works are selected blind based on the quality of the submission.

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