Gallery No.32 Winter Sculpture Park 2023
Deadline: 18/09/2022 | Published: 20/06/2022 | City: Bexley, London. | Region: London | Country: United Kingdom | Gallery No.32: Meg Stuart and Kieran Idle
Gallery No.32 is inviting submissions of outdoor sculpture as we return for our third annual Winter Sculpture Park (WSP) in January 2023. Winter Sculpture Park (WSP) is London's largest FREE sculpture park. Following the success of 2022's WSP, we are expanding the exhibition space and would like to encourage applications featuring large scale sculpture, site-specific art installation and art intervention.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
• Large outdoor sculpture, site-specific art installation and art intervention.
• Freestanding sculpture.
• Sculpture that can withstand vicissitudes of weather, chance and human behaviour in the public realm. (Please contact us if you need to discuss installation and security methods).
We encourage artists at any stage of their career or practice to apply, projects undertaken at Gallery No.32 promote and herald inclusivity and accessibility for all.
ABOUT GALLERY NO.32
Gallery No.32 is an artist-led outdoor art space in SE London directed by artist-curators Meg Stuart & Kieran Idle. Championing creative exchange, Gallery No.32 offers a free exhibition space for artists to explore the broadest possibilities of their practice. Free to show and free to view, art is offered to new audiences directly in the public realm, upturning the typical white-wall model. By taking artists out of the institution and placing them in the public landscape, Gallery No.32 is altering how art is seen, and who art is for, digging the tracks for a new art-world. Through opportunity, connection and access, Gallery No.32 is rewilding the art scene from its [grass]roots.
"Taking part in the WSP 2022 has been life changing. Their acceptance and encouragement has given me the confidence to push my practice and allow it to remain in a state of challenge, exploration and serious play. The platform of the gallery brings together an incredible mixture of artists at all stages of their careers working in a range of disciplines. This method of curation has ensured ego is left at the door and that art practice is at the forefront of the discussion." - Fredrix Vermin, Artist, WSP 2022.
The Winter Sculpture Park is based across a large expanse of out-of-use farmland in Bexley, South East London. The London Loop, a busy public footpath, runs through the upper field. Additionally, trains run alongside the upper field into and out of London, making works in situ here visible from the carriages. In this way, Gallery No.32's shows create a situation, a spectacle, taking people out of their day-to-day and offering alternative life experiences.
The 3rd edition of Winter Sculpture Park will open in January 2023 (exact date TBC), running for roughly 8 weeks. A public programme will be developed alongside the exhibition including workshops, guided visits and artists talks. Artists are encouraged to participate with the public at all levels, in relation to their artwork.
Adrian Burnham reviews Winter Sculpture Park 2022: Read Here
Meg & Kieran from Gallery No.32 speak to Gary Mansfield on the Ministry of Arts Podcast: Listen Here
Please contact us with any questions via Instagram @Gallery_no.32.
All submissions should be made via the CuratorSpace form.
"What a pleasure it was to meet Megan and Kieran, they have reshaped the notion of a Sculpture Park in their own name as a place for all." - Catriona Robertson, Artist, WSP 2022.
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By encouraging participatory and site-specific exhibitions, artists directly engage with the challenges and differences that become apparent within the public realm. The public engage with the work in a new way, that is far from the limiting experience of the institution.
Gallery No.32 is at the height of the grassroots creative scene, championing talent by presenting artists at various stages of their career alongside the work of celebrated UK and international sculptors. Alongside this project, an indispensable network is building that provides support, and acts as a springboard for those involved.
Since its beginning in 2020, Gallery No.32 has so far produced over 15 self-funded, free to view exhibitions. In addition to this portfolio, Meg Stuart and Kieran Idle have facilitated creative projects with a host of local groups, community enterprises and charities.
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