Exhibition commission - The History of the Future #1

Deadline: 28/02/2018  |  Published: 12/02/2018  |  City: Warrington  |  Region: Cheshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival

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As part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival (WCAF), Warrington Museum & Art Gallery are inviting exhibition proposals from emerging and established artists whose work demonstrates a strong track-record of public engagement, interactivity and contemporary practice.

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival (WCAF) will commision an artist or artists' group to deliver an exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition dates are 12 May - 15 Sept 2018 (with installation taking place the previous week).

Proposals are invited from emerging and established artists whose work demonstrates a strong track-record of public engagement, interactivity and contemporary practice. 

Artists submitting proposals must challenge the notions of traditional forms of collecting, archiving and presenting work.

Proposals will need to factor in outreach and engagement strategies to demonstrate how their work will engage with one of Warrington’s neighbourhoods.

The theme of this edition of WCAF is ‘The History of the Future’.

Please read the FAQs section first

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists of all disciplines are invited to enter. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals from emerging and established regional artists whose work demonstrates a strong track-record of public engagement, interactivity and contemporary practice.
When do I need to deliver and collect my work?
Work must be delivered and installed between 1-9 May 2018. After the exhibition, the work must be collected by the artist/group w/c 17 Sept 2018.
How much does it cost?
It is free to enter
Are there payments to artists?
The selected artist or group will be paid in instalments for the commission. The artist/group will be required to fill out a supplier form and confirm they are responsible for paying their own tax and national insurance before payment can be processed Culture Warrington.

All works exhibited can be for sale should the artist/group wish.

Culture Warrington shall take 30% commission + VAT on any sales made from the exhibition. Any sales will be taken through the Front of House at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and the artist/group will be paid as soon as possible after the exhibition closes, usually approximately one month later.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes - date/format to be agreed with the selected artist/group
What are the exhibition opening hours?
During the exhibition run (12 May - 15 Sept 2018) the exhibition will be open weekdays 10am-4:30, Saturday 10am-4pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and bank holidays.
Does the location have disabled access?
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is fully accessible. More information - http://www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk/your-visit/warrington-museum-access-statement/
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Culture Warrington will issue press releases to local, regional and specialist art publications and promote the exhibition on social media and online listing sites. A poster will be produced for the exhibition and there will be some print publicity/advertising. With due notice the selected artist/group is expected to make themselves available for press/media interviews, and to actively promote the exhibition using their own social media channels.
Do I need to be present?
The artist/group is responsible for transportation, installation/de-installation of their work (with assistance from gallery staff)
How do you decide on proposals?
Once the deadline has passed the Exhibitions Officer at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery will meet with the Temporary Exhibitions Group to go through the proposals. The group will decide on its preferred option, and contact the artist to inform them of the decision.

The criteria for selection includes the quality and feasibility of the proposal; the profile and track record of the artist/group; and how well the proposal fits the brief. Proposals are invited from emerging and established regional artists whose work demonstrates a strong track-record of public engagement, interactivity and contemporary practice. Proposals should respond to the theme The History of the Future.

Artists submitting proposals must challenge the notions of traditional forms of collecting, archiving and presenting work.

The Exhibitions Officer will notify all applicants of the panel's decision. The selected artist/group will be invited to the gallery to meet the team and arrange details.
What can I include in the budget breakdown?
Proposed budgets should include artists fees, materials, production, and travel/accommodation expenses for installation and de-installation of work. The total budget must not exceed £4,000.
What are the dimensions of the gallery space?
A scale floor plan of the gallery can be found in the 'description' tab of this opportunity. For more images of space, see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/warringtoncaf/albums/72157661453068111

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