Focus on Identity

Deadline for submissions: 31/05/2017  |  City: An online community presence and forum operational by 31st May 2017. Physical exhibitions to be arranged thereafter.  |  Region: Leicestershire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Created by: George Sfougaras

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Are you an artist who addresses issues of identity, selfhood, religious affiliations, family history or nationhood in your visual or written work? Or have you or your family experienced displacement as a result of political events? If so I would like to hear from you, regardless of location or country and particularly, (but not exclusively) Greece, Turkey, the Balkans or Cyprus.

I am undertaking research and producing work relating to the above themes, and I would like to connect with others.  The aim is to create an active international community of art practitioners to promote dialogue, international exchanges, publications, on-line presence and exhibitions.

I feel that art is a powerful force, not as a means of spreading propaganda but as a way to access another level of discourse and awareness, across the political and economic spectrum. I hope that this project will strengthen our work, and create a legacy organisation that will continue to bring artists together and to address important questions through art. Collaboration with identified artists and focus on the following with a view to creating a global community and to bring artists together, in order to create, and generate meaningful debate on the role of art within an unpredictable global setting.

We are looking for visual artists working in any 2D or 3D media, able to express in written form the feelings and drivers behind their work. We would also welcome writers of fiction and academics who wish to participate in the project. Some of the areas or questions that you may be addressing in your work are listed below. The list is not exhaustive (or meant to restrict participation), so if you feel that you would like to take part, please contact the curator. 

To what extent you aware of the formation and use of cultural constructs, influences, norms, histories, myths and symbols within your practice?

How are these concepts expressed?

What motivates or inspires the use or allusion to these concepts?

Is the work used to explore universal issues or as personal catharsis? If both, which concern predominates?

Can cultural constructs, influences, norms, histories, myths and symbols be decoded by the audience of the work? Are the references overt, subliminal or hidden?

What other related themes relating to identity find expression in your work?

What role does family history, history of conflict or displacement play in the narratives or subjects depicted within your work and how are you influenced by your geographical and/or national setting?

 In what ways can art be used as a means of reconciliation?

What would a global platform for the use of art as means for reconciliation look like?


The outcomes of the project will be the:

International links between artists in the UK and abroad. 

A global forum and media hub for artists working on the theme of identity, and reconciliation.

A publication of visual work and accompanying narrative by contributing artists.

Longer term collaboration online.

International engagement and exhibitions.

Formation of a core group of international contributors to promote links and further develop the scope of projects using art as a tool for international dialogue.



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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists working in any part of the world, who are exploring or working on the theme of 'Identity' and would be willing to share their work and write about the things that shaped them and their practice.
When is the deadline?
31st of May 2017, to give us the opportunity to review contributions and to create a cohesive body of artists that will be part of the project and are willing to shape its future.
How many works can I submit?
Two works and text ( no more than 800 words).
When is the delivery date?
Closing date for submission of high-resolution images and text is the 31st May 2017.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost for this opportunity. I will edit and undertake the publication of the material submitted in my own time and at no cost to the participants. The only cost you may wish to incur, will be the purchase of a physical copy of the on-line book as a PDF download. The cost of this will be between £3.00 to £5.00, depending on the number of pages.
Are there payments to artists?
Not at the moment. If there is sufficient interest and we collectively wish for the work to be exhibited, costs of transportation and venue will be discussed on the on-line forum or facebook group and a decision will be made collegially.
Is there a private view / opening?
To be confirmed.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Each artist will be asked to contribute to the publicity process through social media.
How do you decide on proposals?
Please refer to the main aims of the project and see whether you feel able to address some of the questions posed. You do not have to write more than 800 words (unless you enjoy writing and art theory, which we would also welcome). Please note that the written element should be as clearly written and edited by you before submission. Some editing support will be available.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be informed shortly after the 31st May 2017.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
High-Quality 2D or 3D work. There is no size limit for work that will appear in the on-line publication. Practicalities will be discussed with all selected participants if a physical exhibition is desirable and there is sufficient work. There is no fixed venue for this currently. Possible venues will be influenced by the nationality and location of participants.
What is the selection criteria?
Work that explores identity, cultural heritage, internal dialogue, national or religious personae.

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