Full Frontal: Back To Nature

Deadline: 19/07/2020  |  Published: 23/06/2020  |  City: Eastbourne  |  Region: East Sussex  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Judith Alder

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Opportunity for artists, poets and writers based in and around the coastal zone from (and including) Newhaven to Hastings, East Sussex. Submissions of work are invited for Full Frontal’s curated exhibition, Back to Nature which will take place in empty shop windows in Eastbourne's town centre. Artists are invited to submit proposals for new or existing work which we will produce and install as large scale vinyl prints in empty shop windows. Proposals should in some way respond to, expand or interpret the themes of Back To Nature outlined below.

We want your work! Original work created through any discipline or media including but not limited to painting, drawing, collage, photography, text, digital and installation. The only restriction is that your work must be in a suitable format for us to reproduce as large scale shop-front vinyl prints for our exhibition. If selected we will ask you to provide images of your work as high resolution files which we will get professionally produced as large scale vinyl displays. If selected, your finished work will need to be formatted and submitted to us to be sent to the printers by 28 August. Full information on appropriate resolution, file formats etc will be supplied to artists whose work is selected and some support will  be available to help with final formatting if needed. 

When: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS/PROPOSALS 19 JULY 2020

Exhibition will open in autumn 2020. 

Where: Eastbourne town centre empty shop windows with work viewed from the street

Fee for artists: subject to crowdfunding campaign which will launch June 2020

Cost to artists: none

You can submit up to 5 works but please limit the number of images to a maximum of 2 low res images per work. Please bear in mind that work will be selected according to its relevance to the project themes, its suitability for the public facing site, and for reproduction at a large scale.  We will select up to a maximum of 3 works per artist. 

We want to give you the best possible opportunity to be part of our project, so we are inviting you to submit work which already exists, or to propose new work. However, if proposing new work we’d like you to show us something which indicates what the new work might look like. This could be images of similar work, a mock-up of the new work, or images of work in progress, but please clearly indicate what your images show so that we understand what we’re looking at.

Proposals or submissions which explore, expand or speculate on the following ideas will be particularly welcome.

1.    Beliefs, superstitions, folklore and magic associated with sickness, healing and the natural world: natural remedies and quack cures, elixirs and potions, the miracles and monsters of medicine and the relationship between belief, the natural world and healing

2.    The significance of nature to human life, health and well-being and the benefits of getting back to nature, engaging with wildlife and the landscape

3. The natural cycles of life and how science and technology impact upon them

Context

The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has brought about many changes, forcing us to live our lives differently, bringing health and well-being to the fore, and for many people, forcing a confrontation with a fear of sickness and the possibility of death.

The search for a treatment or a vaccine is imperative, but in the absence of either, rumour, misinformation and false claims of cures and remedies abound. Alongside the famous Trump’s “disinfectant as medication” theory came claims that drinking camel urine, applying sap from a tropical plant as eye drops, or consuming large amounts of boiled ginger after fasting for a day could prevent or cure the disease. In Iran religious hardliners advocated that people visit religious shrines to be healed, and opposed government closures of pilgrimage sites. But remedies like these are not new – in the presence of disease people have always clung to beliefs about treatments and cures that could save them.

Meanwhile, something else has happened during lockdown; in the quieter streets and with a slower pace of life, many people have found a new appreciation of and engagement with nature. In her podcast for Camden Arts Centre’s online exhibition, The Botanical Mind, curator Gina Buenfeld observes: “I think the Covid-19 pandemic has made a lot of people think about our relationship with, or our place in nature, and the way that our behaviours can impact the ecology of the globe, but also how vulnerable we are: we’ve lost touch with our own mythologies, our own long term thinking that connects us to cycles of life beyond our own lifetimes.”

Artists fees: we aim to be able to offer a small fee to all selected artists but at present our budget is only sufficient to cover production and installation costs. We are launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise additional funds to pay artists so please LOOK OUT FOR NEWS OF OUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN and share widely with your networks to help us support artists.

Selection process: A selection and curatorial panel from the Full Frontal group includes artist Judith Alder, artist/artchitect Simon Barker and gallerist Emma Mason.  The final decision on selection of artists and artworks will be made by the Full Frontal group and an invited guest from Eastbourne BID.

Promotion and marketing: Images of selected artworks will be used for promotional purposes on social media and other online platforms. Images of artworks will be fully credited where appropriate. The project will be publicised and marketed via local media, social media and through the Full Frontal networks. Alongside the exhibition we will also produce a printed Zine for public distribution from town centre venues which will expand upon the themes of the exhibition.

We reserve the right to alter exhibition dates in unexpected circumstances or to remove artworks from display without prior discussion or notice.

FULL FRONTAL: Back to Nature is a project developed and produced by Eastbourne’s FULL FRONTAL group as a cultural contribution to the town centre’s recovery from Covid-19 restrictions.The project has been developed in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council and Towner Eastbourne. The exhibition will be sited in prominent empty shops in Eastbourne’s Terminus Road.

FULL FRONTAL: Bringing arts and culture to the forefront in Eastbourne

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
East Sussex artists based in the coastal area around Eastbourne from Newhaven to Hastings
When is the deadline?
5pm Sunday 19 July 2020
How many works can I submit?
You can submit multiple works as long as they are relevant to the theme and suitable for the format of the exhibition i.e. for reproduction as large scale 2D shop window displays
When is the delivery date?
No original physical work should be supplied. We will need artists to supply the work as high resolution image files for us to send to the printers by Friday 28 August. Full details of the format for the files will be sent to selected artists in advance and we can offer support with formatting if necessary.
When do I need to collect my work?
N/A
How much does it cost?
There is no charge to artists. We have a budget to cover production and installation of the window displays.
Are there payments to artists?
We hope to be able to offer a small fee to all selected artists. We are launching a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise sufficient funds to pay artists so please LOOK OUT FOR NEWS OF OUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN and share widely with your networks to help us support artists.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The exhibition will be viewed from the street and on display 24/7.
Does the location have disabled access?
Level access is available
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Images of selected artworks will be used for promotional purposes on social media and other online platforms. Images of artworks will be fully credited where appropriate. The project will be publicised and marketed by Coastal Currents Festival, featuring in their online brochure and other marketing material as well as a marketing campaign via local media, social media and through the Full Frontal networks. Alongside the exhibition we will also produce a printed Zine for public distribution from town centre venues which will expand upon the themes of the exhibition.
Do I need to be present?
No
How do you decide on proposals?
The exhibition will be curated by members of the FULL FRONTAL group with a selection panel including artists Judith Alder, Simon Barker and gallerist Emma Mason plus a guest from Eastbourne’s BID group. The final selection of artists will be confirmed by the FULL FRONTAL group including Joe Hill (Director, Towner Eastbourne), Ben Morgan (digital and communication strategist), Harry Farmer (music and arts consultant),
Miles Berkeley (creative industries / technology representative), Chris Connelly (Arts Ambassador,
EBC), Phil Evans (Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise, EBC).
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Selection will take place during week commencing 20 - 26 July 2020 and successful artists will be notified by Monday 27 July. We will then confirm final details for submission and format of final works to be supplied to us by 28 August 2020.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
The original works can be created in any media but must be suitable for reproduction as large scale vinyl prints. The work must respond to or expand upon the themes and context outlined in the brief.

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