Exhibition "2020 Vision: Magellan's Voyage of Discovery"

Deadline: 11/01/2020  |  Published: 25/11/2019  |  Venue: Liverpool Central Library  |  City: Liverpool  |  Region: Merseyside  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Simon Ryder

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Liverpool Book Art is excited to announce its fourth major exhibition of Book Art. Following the great success of our 2018 ‘Frankenstein’ exhibition, we have selected a significant anniversary in world history as the theme for our next exhibition.

2020 marks 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan discovered the passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, at the southern tip of South America, now known as the Strait of Magellan. All previous expeditions from western Europe to the ‘Spice Islands’ (Maluku Islands, now part of Indonesia) had travelled eastwards, sailing around Africa.

Magellan’s expedition was the first to circumnavigate the entire globe, and it was Magellan who named the Pacific Ocean (the ‘peaceful sea’).

So Magellan’s expedition was the beginning of our understanding of the overall geography of the Earth, as well as being hugely significant for the development of global trade. It was not until the late 19th century that alternative routes were considered, by attempting to build a Panama canal.

Magellan was an explorer and entrepreneur, rather than a military leader. While his aim was to discover new trade routes, rather than to conquer, it is impossible to separate his expedition from the wider context of western European politics, empire-building and the expansion of Christianity.

Some initial aspects book artists may wish to explore include:

  • Magellan’s life as an explorer (Magellan was Portuguese, but his expedition was funded by the Spanish king, after his proposal was rejected by his home country)
  • The Voyage, which lasted from 1519 to 1521, and included starvation, mutiny, desertion and one of the 5 ships being lost in a storm. Fewer than 30 of the crew of 270 survived to return to Spain
  • How the crew responded to the extreme conditions (months without sufficient food or fresh water; the isolation – both generally and being at sea; the lack of any communication or back-up etc.)
  • European empires, colonization and exploitation – ‘civilization’ and religion (Magellan’s expedition followed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the world between the two Catholic empires of Spain and Portugal. Most Protestant and other non-Catholic nations ignored the Treaty!)
  • Non-European perspectives & reactions to European traders and colonizers
  • Global connectivity (trade and communications: not until the end of the 19th century were alternatives to the physical movement of people, goods and messages invented)
  • What is valued (financially), and how & why that changes over time


We are very keen that this should be an international exhibition, including non-European perspectives. We would particularly encourage and welcome submissions from artists from South East Asia and South America.

The Spanish celebrations of the voyage are running throughout the 3 years of the anniversary (2019-2021), and are centred in Cadiz. See http://vcentenario.es/. The Wikipedia page on Magellan provides a lot of detailed information on the voyage, and all the events along the way.

Previous Liverpool Artists’ Book Exhibitions have been a great success, attracting international submissions of the highest quality, with works from Japan, Australia, Russia, USA, and across Europe and the UK. We are open to, and encourage, submissions from across the diverse range of book art – multiples and unique works; narratives & non-narratives; sculptural works and altered books….

The exhibition will utilise the display cabinets within the 100-year old Hornby Room in Liverpool Central Library. Entry is free to the public. See FAQs for details of the sizes of display cabinets.

Liverpool Book Art is passionate about supporting book artists by showcasing their work. As in previous years, we will promote and organise sales of any works in the exhibition, in accordance with the preference of each participating artist.

We are also keen to receive proposals for site-specific work within Liverpool Central Library.

Finally, we are keen to offer demonstrations, workshops, talks and performances during the course of the exhibition. One feature we are keen to explore is providing the opportunity for audiences to handle and read examples of book art e.g. by having reading copies or reading weekend(s). Please include ideas in your submission via CuratorSpace.

Submission fee of £10 per proposal. This must be paid at the time of submitting your proposal. All delivery and insurance costs to and from the Exhibition are the responsibility of the artists.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Individual book artists; groups & collectives; small press publishers
When is the deadline?
11th January 2020
How much does it cost?
Submission fee of £10 per proposal. This can be paid through CuratorSpace after you submit your proposal.
All delivery and insurance costs to and from the Exhibition are the responsibility of the artists.
What size are the display cabinets?
The selected works need to fit in the Liverpool Central Library display cabinets. Please note we expect to include multiple items by different artists within most of the display cases. The Liverpool display cabinets are of a variety of shapes and sizes:
• 1 case - 162.5cm (L) x 112.5cm (W) x 31cm (H)
• 8 cases - 92.5cm (L) x 52cm (W) x 31.5cm (H)
• 2 cases - 142.5cm (L) x 67cm (W) x 31cm (H)
• 3 cases - 135.5cm (L) x 70cm (W) x 31cm (H)
• 1 tall case - 80.5cm (L) x 50.5 (W) x 70cm approx. (H)
• 1 vertical case - 148cm (W) x 37cm (Depth) Case contains one shelf. Height from base to shelf – 42cm approx., height from shelf to top 41cm approx. Depth of shelf 20cm approx.
How many works can I submit?
Maximum of 4 proposals, with up to 2 images per proposal. We will select no more than two pieces from any individual artist in order to exhibit a wide range of work. By uploading these images you give your permission for Liverpool Book Art to use them on the website, social media pages and in publicity for the fair and exhibition.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
After the submission deadline of 11th January, Liverpool Book Art will select proposals for the exhibition, taking into account the quality of the ideas in each proposal; track record; and the contribution to the mix and diversity of the exhibition. We want the exhibition to celebrate excellence and creativity, and to increase interest and appreciation of artists’ books. We are open to, and encourage, submissions from across the diverse range of book art. Artists will be advised of selection decisions by 20th January.
When is the delivery date?
The deadline of 11th January is for the submission of proposals. This early deadline recognises that most submissions will be proposals for works to be created, rather than already completed works. Artists will then have until 20th April to create and deliver their works to Liverpool Central Library. Works can be posted or delivered by hand.
It is essential that all artists comply with this deadline. We can only design the exhibition once we have received all the works.
Are there payments to artists?
Not for the exhibition. Liverpool Book Art is passionate about supporting book artists by showcasing their work. As in previous years, we will promote and organise sales of any works in the exhibition, in accordance with the preference of each participating artist. We charge a 20% commission for this, so please provide your retail price if your work is for sale, taking this commission into account.
We also expect artists to receive fees for running workshops.
Demonstrations, Workshops and Talks
We are keen to offer demonstrations, workshops, talks and performances during the course of the exhibition. One feature we are keen to explore is providing the opportunity for audiences to handle and read examples of book art e.g. by having reading copies or reading weekend(s).
When do I need to collect my work?
The Exhibition will open in Liverpool, in the week beginning 18th May 2020, and will run for 2 or 3 months. Other exhibition dates are to be finalised. The Exhibition is expected to tour throughout 2020, including Bower Ashton Library at UWE, Bristol; and other UK venues. Potential venues in Spain and Portugal are also being explored.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
In Liverpool the Exhibition will be open during Liverpool Central Library opening hours (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 10am-5pm).
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes. There will be an opening event, to which all participating artists will be invited. Date to be confirmed.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The Exhibition will be publicised via B.A.N.; our own website www.liverpoolbookart.com and Facebook page; printed flyers distributed locally and at other artist book fairs; a press campaign; Art in Liverpool monthly listings paper; and Visit Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and other local websites.
We will maximise cross-promotion with the most relevant events, such as Liverpool Biennial.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, the Library has excellent disabled access.
Do I need to be present?
No

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