Open Call to All Artists for Garden Shed Gallery at Greenbelt Festival 2019

Deadline: 31/01/2019  |  Published: 21/11/2018  |  Venue: Greenbelt Festival  |  City: Kettering  |  Region: Northamptonshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Greenbelt Visual Arts

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The Garden Shed Gallery is an art gallery inside (and outside if you like) a garden shed at Greenbelt Festival (23-26 August 2019). For the duration of the festival an artist takes over the gallery with their exhibition. We are looking an artist or artists of any discipline to bring your work and to host an exhibition in fitting with the theme 'Wit and Wisdom' that will make the most of the unique location and space.

Greenbelt Festival is the leading outdoor festival of artistry and activism, with a focus on music, theatre and talks. It is progressive, political and spiritual, welcoming strong voices and opinions - those with or without faith, and regardless of background, gender and sexuality. This year the festival will be held over the bank holiday weekend (August 23rd-26th) at Boughton House, three miles north-east of Kettering. Previous exhibitions in the Garden Shed Gallery at Greenbelt include The Thousand Mile Dress by Katie Duxbury, Snö by Carla Chan and Delilah and Samson by Georgina Barney. Each year the festival adopts a theme, and for 2019 it is ‘Wit and Wisdom’. You can find out more about the event here -

Greenbelt's Team are looking for an artist/s or creator/s to exhibit in/around the Garden Shed Gallery, one of our three shed galleries that pop-up for the festival weekend.

We are particularly keen on proposals that consider the festival theme (this year it is ‘Wit and Wisdom’) and ethos (blending artistry, activism, spirituality, politics, faith and justice), make use of the unique space (both inside and outside the garden shed) and engage festival goers. The aim of the Shed Gallery is to be engaging for young and old, those who are regulars in galleries and those who would never dream of stepping foot inside a gallery (perhaps this will be their first taste of visual art). 

Greenbelt is not afraid of the provocative, imaginative or thought provoking. Those who attend the festival like to participate and be surprised by engaging hidden gems within the festival programme.

The shed is approximate 2.4 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.9 metres high at apex (72" by 95" by 78") It has a door on the short side and no windows. The interior of the shed can either be clad with boards to create a more formal gallery space or left in its rough state. The interior has been painted previously (black/ white) and can be painted again depending on the artist preference.

The shed can be an exhibition space or can become part of the exhibition itself.

More details:

  • Artists are responsible for setting up the exhibition prior to the festival (we can provide access in the days prior during the festival build) and deconstructing the exhibition at the end of the festival.
  • During the festival Greenbelt will provide volunteers to invigilate the exhibition at the Garden Shed but encourage the artist to be present for the festival and make time each day to meet visitors to the gallery.
  • The Garden Shed will be open each day of the festival (typically approx. 9am to 9pm/ 10pm).
  • The shed is locked when unattended using a coded padlock.
  • Exhibitors will need to have their own public liability insurance (available with Artist’s Newsletter membership).
  • There is electricity to the shed so digital artworks can be exhibited, and we can discuss arrangements to make this work for you. (Electrical equipment must have been PAT tested.
  • Lighting in the form of fairy lights is available for the interior and we can discuss with exhibitors’ further requirements depending on whether they are part of the exhibition or aid engagement with the exhibition.
  • The exhibition can make use of the shed inside and out as well as the space immediately outside of the shed but exhibitors are responsible for considering the implications of the weather for their art work.
  • Deadline for submission: Midnight 31st January 2019. You will be notified by end of March 2019 at the latest whether you have been successful or not.
  • Reasonable expenses are available to support the artist/ exhibitor and artists will be provided with a Festival Maker ticket for themselves which gives access to the Festival Village and General Campsite for the festival. We may also be able to make a small payment to the artist/exhibitor (please include an idea of expenses and fees in your application).
  • If you would be interested in submitting please click the 'Make a Submission' tab to apply.

Selected Artists:

If your submission is selected a member of the Greenbelt Team will be in touch. To assist with publicity in the festival programme and website it will be helpful to have the following information:

  • Short Artist Bio
  • Selection of high res images. min 1MB and preferably landscape.
  • Website/ Social Media links.
  • Link to a latest video (if applicable to your work).
  • 3 x Quotes from others about your work (if possible)


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists from any background using any medium. Age 18 years +.
When is the deadline?
Midnight on 31st January 2019.
How many works can I submit?
You can make more than one exhibition submission but we will only select one exhibition for the weekend. Please consider the unique space that is available, the location and venue.
When is the delivery date?
Greenbelt Festival runs 23rd to 26th August 2019 and your exhibition will take place for the duration of the festival. Access to the festival site can be arranged from 3pm on Thursday 22nd August 2019 to set up the exhibition and you will need to be ready by 4pm on Friday 23rd August 2019.
When do I need to collect my work?
We would encourage you to make the most of the entire weekend and suggest the exhibition is not deconstructed until Tuesday 27th August as the festival does not finish until the early hours of the Tuesday morning.
How much does it cost?
There is a possibility for a payment to the artist/s. Please let us know your rough expenses and fees within the submission
Are there payments to artists?
There is a possibility for a payment to the artist/s. Please let us know your rough expenses and fees within the submission
Is there a private view / opening?
There is not typically a private viewing/ opening but the artist may wish to discuss options for arranging an opening or promotional event at the exhibition on the first evening of the festival.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Approximate times are as follows (determined between the artist and the festival):
Friday: 5pm to 10pm
Saturday: 9am to 10pm
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm
Monday: 9am to 8pm
Does the location have disabled access?
At Greenbelt we work hard to ensure that people with disabilities, their friends and families are welcomed and included. The Allotment Gallery is a garden shed and therefore space is limited. There is a small step in and out of the shed.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Artists and exhibition details will be promoted on the Greenbelt Festival website, in the Festival Guide and on the Festival App.
There may be opportunities to add a blog post in the lead up to the festival and to become involved in other aspects of the festival (eg. Art School, speaking, panel discussion).
Do I need to be present?
There will be volunteers to invigilate the exhibition during opening hours. The more information they have the better so they can talk about and encourage festival goers to engage and participate. We do encourage artists/ exhibitors to make time each day during the festival to be at the gallery so that people can meet the artist and discuss the exhibition with them.
Where will my venue be listed?
Work will be advertised on the Greenbelt Festival website line up page, in the Festival Guide and on the Festival App.
How do you decide on proposals?
Proposals are decided by a small committee looking at:
- The quality of the proposal
- Links to the festival theme 'Wit and Wisdom'
- Suitability of the exhibition for the venue/ site
- Opportunities for engagement and participation of festival goers
- Connections to the festivals core values
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
A member of the Greenbelt Team will contact you to let you know if your submission has been selected. We will then liaise with you regarding the specific needs of your exhibition.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are looking for a diverse range of artists and exhibitions. In the past we have welcomed painters, photographers, video installations, performance art, sculpture, knitting, illustrators and more with a whole range of styles. We are particularly keen on proposals that consider the festival theme, make use of the unique space (both inside and outside the garden shed), encourage participation and engage festival goers of all ages in both the day and the night.
Can I sell my work at the festival?
Yes, there are two options:
1. There is the festival shop which is suitable for selling prints, books, etc. A percentage of the sale price will be retained by the store if you choose to use this option.
2. As an artist you are welcome to sell your work directly to customers but this is your responsibility to arrange payments and collection of the works.
I've exhibited at Greenbelt Festival before, can I make another submission this year?
Yes, absolutely! We enjoy welcoming new artists and returning artists, it's great to have diversity. If you have exhibited a couple of times recently we may decide it is time to give you a break and to give others an opportunity but we encourage submissions from all. You may also be interested in making a submission for another aspect of the Visual Arts at the festival. Details for making submissions beyond the Garden Shed Gallery can be found on the festival website:

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