OPEN CALL: 3 month exhibition at Manchester Central Library

Deadline: 30/06/2020  |  Published: 26/04/2020  |  City: Manchester  |  Region: Greater Manchester  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Karis Lambert

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Showcase your artwork in a unique art festival coming to Manchester city centre in 2021.

Be part of a stunning group exhibition at the Manchester Central Library and Nexus Art Cafe celebrating the scope and beauty of paper-based art. 

About Paper Festival

Paper Festival is a three-month public-facing art exhibition and series of events celebrating paper-based contemporary art. 

Collage, cut-outs, painting, print, text-based and interdisciplinary art will make up the varied exhibition on display across two main venues: Manchester Central Library main exbibition space and the Nexus Art Cafe. Artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at these reputable creative venues in the Manchester city centre. 

The festival will be immersive, bold, colourful and playful to be enjoyed by adults and families. Get involved and apply today!

The Artwork

I’m looking for artwork that is bold, playful and defies expectations. It can be any medium or combination of mediums, including collage, print, painting, sculpture and interdisciplinary art, as long as paper is a key feature of your piece(s).

​I’m particularly interested in featuring artwork that is interactive, immersive, really big or really small, or a series.

Who can take part

Any artist who is currently based in the UK and can deliver artwork to Greater Manchester by 31st August can take part. ​Artwork will be selected based on quality of the proposal and previous artwork, plus how much it meets the criteria above.

It is free to apply and artists will only need to cover postage costs of their artwork to and from the venue if their work is chosen.

How to apply

Simply fill in the application form to tell me what you'd like to include in the exhibition. (The artwork does not need to have been created at the time you submit your application form.)

Deadline for applications: 30th June

Deadline for artwork: 31st August

There will also the opportunity to take part in public-facing events in the exhibition space. 


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
All UK-based artists who uses paper as part of your practice.
For example, you will be eligible if you create prints and paintings, text-based work presented on paper, collage and cut-outs, and installation using paper.
When is the deadline?
Deadline for applications: 30th June
Deadline for artwork: 31st August
How many works can I submit?
Up to 6 artworks can be submitted for consideration.
When is the delivery date?
Deadline for artwork to be delivered to the venue: 31st August
When do I need to collect my work?
I will post the artwork back to you (if applicable) once the exhibition has finished in March-April 2021
How much does it cost?
The opportunity is free and you will only need to cover postage costs of your artwork to and from the venue.

Artists can also receive professional marketing and PR support throughout the exhibition for a small fee. This includes priority in our promotional activities, including social media, website, any news articles published, and an opportunity to be part of the artist panel in the opening night.
Are there payments to artists?
You put your artwork up for sale at the exhibition.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes there will be an opening night and several other events throughout the exhibition - dates to be confirmed.
Does the location have disabled access?
There is basic disabled access to Manchester Library and the Nexus Art Cafe.
Do I need to be present?
No, as long as you can post your artwork to the curator.
How do you decide on proposals?
Artwork applications will be selected based on quality of the idea as well as your previous work, and how much it meets the criteria.
Artwork that is ambitious, bold, playful and immersive will be prioritised. However I'm looking for a range of pieces to showcase a variety of work.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
I will contact you via email and you will be required to send me your artwork by 31st August.
How will the COVID-19 outbreak affect the exhibition?
The exhibition is going ahead as normal on the dates given, providing that the spread of the virus has diminished by December 2020. If there are still restrictions to socialising etc. at that time, the exhibition will be managed accordingly and in the worst case scenario, may be postponed. I will keep all artists updated if anything changes.

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