FORBIDDEN FRUIT - Call to artists

Deadline: 01/10/2023  |  City: Todmorden  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Water Street Gallery

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FORBIDDEN FRUIT. Ever since Adam took The Apple from Eve’s hand, humanity, in all its guises, has succumbed to temptation, has been aware of 'Forbidden Fruit'. Although the title appears to suggest allegorical narrative, even biblical interpretation, we are asking artists to encompass all aspects of the title, there are obvious parallels with current times. General consensus is changeable, as well as our own peculiarities. To quote art historian Mary Beard from her groundbreaking program Forbidden Art- of 2022 ‘to see or not to see’. …over to you and your art.

‘The Temptation of St. Anthony’ by Dali and Grunewald, Rossetti’s ‘Proserphine’, Duchamp’s ‘Secret Masterpiece’, ‘Terribly Wrong’ by Tracey Emin - a vast area to explore.

Paradise, beauty, hedonism, erotic desire, promised land, feminism, bliss, enticement, Sexuality, love is a drug, no entry, stop, protests, consensus, limits, banned, coverup, subversion, peepshow.

Depending on the volume of exhibitors this could be a changing exhibition, plus you may wish to replenish and replace works, at no extra charge. If you are selected we hope you will enjoy exhibiting with us. 

This exhibition runs alongside the exhibition ‘Winter'.

Below our T&Cs are set out for your guidance and agreement. Please feel free to discuss any points.

Thurs. 26 OCTOBER 2023 to Sunday 14 JANUARY 2024

ASAP but by 1 October (numbers limited)

By return email where possible

Sat 15 Oct and Sun 16 Oct. 9.30 - 5.30 or by arrangement

To be arranged at the end of the exhibition

Thursday 26 October


Please do not bring originals to the gallery for submission until/unless requested by the gallery.

Up to 6 works size limit 45cm, should be original and recent if possible.

Please submit up to 6 jpegs of the works you intend to submit, Please indicate size media, date of work, title and retail price. The gallery commission is 35%. Please ensure images correspond with the works to be submitted. If works are not yet completed, please send similar images, and agree to reproduction, including onto the website. It is important to provide professional standard images - lighting, background and scale. If we need to re-photograph work there will be a charge.

Please provide a CV/biography, artist's statement (up to 100 words) about yourself and the work and methods if relevant together with clear contact details. Text may be edited and made available for exhibition.

You will be sent an acknowledgement by email that we have received your submission.


Work is insured on WSG premises only. The safety of works is the responsibility of the exhibitor, but the gallery is ultimately responsible for public safety and we reserve the right to refuse anything we deem unsafe.

While we have CCTV installed, and every care is taken in handling work, it is shown at the artist's risk.


Works sold will be paid by cheque within 30 days of the close of the exhibition. Please make sure that the price you quote for your artwork includes our commission of £35%. This means you cannot offer the same artwork in other places, for example, your website for a different price. 

We have an interest-free instalment plan for works administered by Klarna.

Cost to participate

Once you are chosen, the cost to participate is £12.


The artist is responsible for the delivery and collection of work and for any cost incurred by the gallery if return postage and packing are required.

Works must be available for sale throughout the exhibition. Some may be kept in reserve to replace works sold.

All work must be clearly labelled with the artist's name, code/number and selling price on a label on the reverse, and luggage label on a string hanging over front. Please make sure that your work is signed.

Plinths are available for 3D work, however, the gallery reserves the right to request the artist supply any additional display equipment.

We reserve the right to exhibit work at our discretion within the gallery.

The safety of works is the responsibility of the exhibitor, but the gallery is ultimately responsible for public safety and we reserve the right to refuse anything we deem unsafe.

If instructed by the artist we will pass on your contact details to visitors, should they wish to commission work we ask you to agree to pay us a commission.


Posters and pv. invites will be sent by email. Marketing in national and local publications will be undertaken by the gallery, and we would welcome any input from exhibitors to help make the show a great success.

Please note that all submission and collection dates are final. Work cannot be stored longer than indicated. Application to this exhibition indicates your acceptance of these conditions and agree to deliver/ collect work on the dates below.  All application forms MUST be signed and dated.


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When is the deadline?
ASAP but by 1 October (numbers limited)
When is the delivery date?
Sat 15 Oct and Sun 16 Oct. 9.30 - 5.30 or by arrangement
When do I need to collect my work?
To be arranged at end of exhibition
How much does it cost?
Is there a private view / opening?
Thursday 26 October, 2023
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Monday –Saturday 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday 11:00am – 3:30pm
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Posters, Web and social marketing. Video
Do I need to be present?
What is the gallery commission?
We charge 35% on Art sales, this is paid after 30 days of sale - For online sales the delivery cost is shared with artist.
How many Artworks am I allowed to submit?
1 - 4
Do I need to provide my own images of the artwork/s?
Yes, If framed and glazed this will need to be before glazing.

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