Deadline: 18/09/2021  |  Published: 18/03/2021  |  Venue:  |  City: Edinburgh  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Sarah McLaughlin

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Virtual Solo Exhibitions.

GRADCURATE is an Edinburgh-based grassroots platform for recent graduate artists to showcase their work.

Driven by a desire to support graduates stuck ‘in limbo’ between student and professional life, the project seeks to assist artists in navigating this increasingly difficult career stage by:

  • Inviting recent graduates to display work in a series of group pop-up exhibitions, allowing the cost of exhibition space hire to be shared at an affordable rate. *
  • Undertaking all curatorial work and liaising with galleries on the artists’ behalf, minimising the time and effort required of them in the exhibition planning process.
  • Allowing artists to keep 100% of profits made by taking no commission on sales.
  • Promoting the artists’ work through its online platforms.

Virtual Solo Exhibitions

Following the first GRADCURATE exhibition in March 2020, it was hoped that another one would take place in Edinburgh that summer. However just days after the exhibition finished, the UK went into lockdown amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the second exhibition was delivered as a series of virtual gallery spaces.

Due to continuing pandemic restrictions, plans for further exhibitions in Edinburgh are still on hold. In the meantime, artists who have graduated within the last five years are invited to take part in a programme of smaller virtual solo shows.

Successful applicants will be expected to prepare content for a minimum of 6 posts for an Instagram takeover, to go out during the course of their exhibition.

Please check the FAQs section for more information. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline is open-ended. You are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible, as applications may close at any time without prior notice.

* There are no participation fees for virtual exhibitions.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists who have graduated within the last 5 years.
When is the deadline?
The deadline is open-ended. You are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible, as applications may close at any time without prior notice.
How many works can I submit?
10. If successful, you will be given the opportunity to submit more work.
When is the delivery date?
Due to the ad hoc nature of this open call, it is not possible to provide exact delivery dates. The lead time prior to each exhibition will be 3 weeks (2 weeks of planning and 1 week of promotion). Exhibitions will officially last for 2 weeks, but will be available to view on the GRADCURATE website for several months after they 'finish'.
How much does it cost?
There are no participation fees for virtual exhibitions.
Are there payments to artists?
Artists will not receive payment, but are welcome to sell their work. GRADCURATE does not take any commission, but instead asks artists to undertake any sales directly.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
GRADCURATE will actively promote your work on its website and social media. There will also be an online exhibition catalogue.

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