Open Call Exhibition ‘Mind - be here, present / be here now’ Co-curated with Athene Greig

Deadline: 30/01/2022  |  Published: 09/01/2022  |  Venue: Kingshill House  |  City: Dursley,  |  Region: Gloucestershire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Kingshill House

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Open Call Exhibition ‘Mind - be here, present / be here now’ Co-curated with Athene Greig. Kingshill House, located in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is seeking submissions for our first exhibition of 2022, entitled ‘Mind - be here, present / be here now’, opening 26th February. For this exhibition we are interested in exploring the importance of the Mind in a creative practice and the challenges of being present.

Kingshill House is a vibrant arts and crafts space. We are champions of what we call the lost craft, and we specialise in delivering workshops, courses and exhibitions which inspire and educate people on contemporary, traditional and folk crafts. We welcome all types of work, especially those that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, explore non-traditional processes, and/or challenge our community’s point of view. 

After several years of a world pandemic, we want to see where your mind has taken you in your practice. Is it a form of escapism, a little breathing space to relax, get out of your own head & pursue a mindful experience? How important is it to ‘be here, present/be here now’? Is it more important to you than ever before to find space for your creativity, exploring an escapism through art and craft or does your artwork need to be created in the present mind?

We are looking to exhibit works which explore these ideas along with a sense of mindfulness; being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment. Does creating work become a habit that distracts you from the confines of your mind? Mindfulness and Escapism are seen as opposites and equals at the same time, and we welcome works of all styles of art and craft work including handicrafts, outsider art but also objects, painting, tapestry, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video and installation works. 

This exhibition will be co-curated by Georgie White Winter of Kingshill House and Stroud based artist Athene Grieg.

Kingshill House is passionate to share and support art, craft, health and wellbeing with the community. We believe that art and craft is for everyone, and Kingshill House is a safe space that anyone can come, be creative, enjoy themselves, relax and take their minds off things. We provide an extensive programme of workshops, courses, drop-in classes and exhibitions. 

Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4BZ 

www.kingshillhouse.org.uk - 01453 549133

ELIGIBILITY 

Everyone is encouraged to enter. Entries must represent original works of art. All styles will be considered for the exhibition. There is no size restriction, other than what can fit through our gallery doors. There is no restriction governing date of completion.

MEDIA 

All media (2D and 3D) will be accepted including video. Please follow the submission guidelines below. A maximum of 10 works per artist will be considered. 

NO ENTRY FEE

SUBMISSION MATERIALS 

Artist Bio (100 words) 

Artist Statement (200 words) 

CV with preferred method of contact

Digital image (jpg-format) or video link per submitted artwork. (maximum of 10 works per artists) 

Image list including the following for each submitted work: title, media, size, date, edition, value (must include value for insurance purposes even if the work is not for sale), confirmation if it is for sale through Kingshill House Limited - 60/40% split (60% to artist, 30% to KH Ltd and 10% donated to charity)

A maximum of ten works per artist will be accepted.

IMPORTANT DATES 

Sunday 30th January (Midnight) Submission Deadline 

Monday 7th February Notifications of shortlist 

Monday 21st February Latest date for artwork arrival with completed Consignment Agreement and Equalities Monitoring Form (which will be issued once notification of shortlist has been completed) 

Monday 21st – Friday 25th February Works installed 

Saturday 26th February – Sunday 17th April Exhibition will be open (please note that Kingshill House is open week days, some Saturdays, and by appointment) 

Sunday 17th April - Last day of show 

Artwork will be shipped within two weeks after the show ends (if prepaid), and collection of all works to be completed within three weeks after the exhibition has closed. 

All documentation listed above must be received by the deadline date. The office does not have sufficient resources to chase up Artists for missing documentation and therefore if information is missing, we may not be able to use your artwork in the exhibition.

Submissions will be subject to a selection process before being accepted for entry.

If accepted, there is no fee charged for entry.

A breakfast opening is planned, and a date is to be confirmed. 

SHIPPING AND RETURN OF ARTWORK

All work accepted for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery ready, or not exhibiting good craftsmanship, may be eliminated from the final exhibition. Accepted work that differs significantly from the entry images or suffers from poor presentation, will be not be included in the exhibition. Please note that a good level presentation and craftsmanship is a requirement. Work may be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in an easily reusable container/packaging with return shipping prepaid or with intention to arrange return shipping confirmed. All work must arrive at the gallery by the specified date (see calendar above). Accepted work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Artists are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery.

Ship Accepted Work To:  

Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4BZ

SALES 

Kingshill House Limited takes commission for all sales of the works in the exhibition during the exhibition period (60/40% split (60% to artist, 30% to KH Ltd and 10% donated to charity)). If a work is not for sale please indicate appropriately on the consignment sheet. A consignment sheet will be sent to you upon confirmation of your works being successful for the exhibition. 

Questions can be directed to Georgie White Winter


MARKETING 

Kingshill House will market the exhibition with programmed social media promotion and press coverage actively supporting and promoting the artists in the show, but we also ask that every artist takes the time to promote the exhibition by advertising it on social media, their own website and elsewhere. More ideas of where else you can promote can be provided by the Kingshill House Marketing Team.

Please provide your social media information so that we can include you on the promotional material-it would be beneficial for both parties to share assets (posts, stories, imagery, video).

Printed material should conform with Kingshill House brand guidelines and we would be happy to supply artists with assets for websites, flyers and posters if requested.

Kingshill House social media handles are as follows; 

Instagram @kingshillhouse 

Twitter @kingshillhouse 

Facebook @KingshillHouseArtsDursley

We ask that you include the relevant handle in your posts for the exhibition. 

 

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Anyone! Any age, background, style of work.
When is the deadline?
30th January - midnight - for submission. To then receive the works by 21st February to be installed.
How many works can I submit?
10 max.
When is the delivery date?
By the 21st Feb.
When do I need to collect my work?
3 weeks after the close of the show which is Sunday 17th April. Works can be return shipped if pre-paid by artist, or arranged within 2 weeks after the show. We can wrap and prepare works for shipping using the packaging provided by the artist.
How much does it cost?
Nothing.
Are there payments to artists?
If the works sell then artist will receive 60%.
Is there a private view / opening?
We are finalishing the details of a breakfast opening, and potentially a talk, or tour.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The House is open Mon-Fri and frequently on a Saturday, and by appointment.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Kingshill House will market the exhibition with programmed social media promotion and press coverage actively supporting and promoting the artists in the show, but we also ask that every artist takes the time to promote the exhibition by advertising it on social media, their own website and elsewhere. More ideas of where else you can promote can be provided by the Kingshill House Marketing Team.

Please provide your social media information so that we can include you on the promotional material-it would be beneficial for both parties to share assets (posts, stories, imagery, video).

Printed material should conform with Kingshill House brand guidelines and we would be happy to supply artists with assets for websites, flyers and posters if requested.

Kingshill House social media handles are as follows;

Instagram @kingshillhouse

Twitter @kingshillhouse

Facebook @KingshillHouseArtsDursley

We ask that you include the relevant handle in your posts for the exhibition.
Do I need to be present?
No.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will be in contact with you on Monday 7th February with further details.

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