Open call for "Symbol" Christmas Exhibition at Cupola Gallery

Deadline: 17/10/2019  |  Published: 23/07/2019  |  City: Sheffield  |  Region: South Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Karen Sherwood

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'Symbol'. 23 November - 4 January 2020. Open Call for submissions for our Christmas exhibition. We may not get any snow, but we do need lots of lovely artworks!

As ever we are seeking a variety of works across all media responding to the title 'Symbol'. A broad interpretation is encouraged.

Symbol - A symbol is a mark, sign or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship. Symbols allow people to go beyond what is known or seen by creating linkages between otherwise very different concepts and experiences.


A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.

We are happy to receive applications now but will keep the deadline open until midnight Monday 15 October.

Selected work will need to be delivered to Cupola no later than Friday 15 November, although we can certainly accept work earlier. Feel free to submit single items, groups or collections of work.

All works should be for sale and the gallery takes commission on works sold. There is no fee for submitting works for consideration.

To work out the overall price of your work, please use the following formula:

Your wholesale price x 2.2 = retail including the VAT we have to charge. ie. £100 x 2.2 = £220.  £100 to artist, £100 to gallery £20 to HMRC. 


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Submission across all media are welcome as long as works are for sale.
When is the deadline?
Midnight Tuesday 15 October.
How many works can I submit?
Submit up to 5 images, which can include groups of images, if that makes sense with the type of work you wish to submit.
When is the delivery date?
Works need to be delivered no later than Friday 15 November.
When do I need to collect my work?
Works need to be collected from the exhibition via a date to be agreed with the gallery after the exhibition ends. Collection needs to be agreed before the end of February 2020.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to submit work for consideration.
Is there a private view / opening?
The opening event/preview takes place on Friday 22 November from 7:30pm.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The exhibition is open Monday-Saturday 10-6pm and Sundays 12-4pm up to Christmas day.
Does the location have disabled access?
There is disabled access only to the ground floor gallery spaces which include the sculpture garden.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We provide printed invites for distribution alongside printed exhibition schedules for the year which are distributed widely in addition to our customers list. We also have circa 10K plus social media followers across platforms. We issue local and national press releases and share widely across social media platforms.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact each successful candidate directly if their work/works are chosen for incusion in the exhibition.

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