SCULPTURE IN THE CITY 2018

Deadline for submissions: 22/11/2017  |  Venue: The City of London (EC3)  |  City: London  |  Region: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Created by: Maria Marro-Perera

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Sculpture in the City is an award winning urban sculpture park which launches every summer in June. A cultural initiative delivered by the City of London in partnership with 11 local businesses, it is sited in the EC3 area of the City, around the iconic towers of the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, Lloyd’s building as well as inside Leadenhall Market. The call for submissions for Sculpture in the City 2018 is now open for preexisting works that can be exhibited outdoors from May 2018 to May 2019. Deadline for applications is 16 November 2017.

The aim of Sculpture in the City is to use the area as a contemporary urban gallery space and showcase cutting edge art in an area represented by the iconic contemporary towers but also the layers of history nestled amongst the towers.

Since its first showing in June 2011, the project has grown significantly in size and scope, with 16 artists in 18 locations for the 2017 edition that is currently on show until May 2018.

We are now launching the call for submissions for Sculpture in the City 2018.

Deadline on 16 November 2017.

The works submitted for consideration need to be pre-existing, suitable for outdoor display and available for display May 2018 to May 2019.  

Requirements to participate

The artworks exhibited are primarily 3D. The proposed artworks need to be pre-existing; the project does not commission.  The artwork needs to be suitable for exhibiting outdoors and available from May 2018 to May 2019.

There are many potential sites in the area of varying size and conditions. The scale of the surrounding tall buildings calls for large scale works which have been shown very successfully to date, and the shiny monochrome buildings also make colour work particularly well. In addition there are sites, such as the churchyards, which make ideal sites for smaller works. Over the years we have also hung works in Leadenhall Market, in trees, and for the latest show on the Lloyds building, on the Cheesegrater and on a lamppost. The scope of the project allows for sculpture to be showcased in the most contemporary fashion.

Weight and installation ease are often a defining factor as not many of the spaces have large weight loading capacity and in many cases sites chosen for artworks prove inaccessible. For the 2018 edition we are keen to consider artforms which would work in this dynamic urban environment including performance and digital artwork.

Selection Process

Works submitted are shortlisted for consideration by the Arts Advisory Group made up of  Iwona Blazwick (Director Whitechapel Gallery), Robert Hiscox (Honorary Chairman Hiscox) , Whitney Hinz (Hiscox Curator) , Stephen Feeke (Director New Art Centre) , Jane Allison (Head of Galleries Barbican ) and Wendy Fisher (Chairman of the Guggenheim Board of Trustees).

The shortlist is expected to be confirmed in December 2017.

Following shortlisting by the Arts Advisory Group each artist / gallerist is invited for a site visit to identify which site(s) in the area are most suitable for showcasing the selected work. When all shortlisted artwork sites have been identified the project team liaises with the landowners to obtain their approval for particular artworks to be shown on their land. The project team also takes care of health and safety, planning, engineering and installation requirements, and any other legal requirements the project needs to comply with.

We aim to confirm the final installation list in April 2018 and will be installing works in May/June 2018.

Conditions of participation

The works are on loan at no fee for 12 months (May 2018-May 2019).

Sculpture in the City covers shipping within the UK, installation, insurance and maintenance costs. Please note shipping from outside the UK will be considered and dealt with on an individual basis.

Sculpture in the City works exclusively with MTEC who ship and install all the artworks.

All artists and galleries participating receive full credit on all marketing and press material and are invited to the official Launch event and other associated events.

How to submit work for consideration

Submissions have to be made online here by 16 November 2017.

Sculpture in the City - Press, Film, Map, Tours and background

The 2017 exhibition has achieved extensive press coverage with a successful campaign led by Brunswick Arts.

A film review of Sculpture in the City 2017 can be viewed here and a full map and brochure of the 2017 exhibition is available on the City of London website.

‘A project such as Sculpture in the City diminishes the sense of doubt and embarrassment many people may feel when encountering ‘works of art’. Instead, it creates an open-air arena which promotes unconditioned thought’  - Hannah Poulton, Artlyst

‘Sculpture in the City is a terrific initiative that encourages interest in modern sculpture’  - Victoria Sadler              
‘The Sculpture in the City is a dynamic yearly public art exhibiton in the City of London, launches each summer with a new selection of contemporary art pieces placed in and around the Square Mile’ - Artlyst

Tours of Sculpture in the City 2017

We have organised a series of tours for artists led by Stella Ioannou, co-director of Sculpture in the City, with a view to ensure artists interested in submitting an artwork for consideration understand the particular context of the City, and the particular area the project inhabits. The tours will take approximately 90 minutes and will provide artists with the opportunity to view the works currently on show and take into account the particular urban environment in which the work is placed.

These tours are exclusively for artists, or their appointed representatives, interested in proposing work for Sculpture in the City's 2018 edition.

Tours are listed on Eventbrite http://lacuna.eventbrite.com.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists with a pre-existing artwork that is suitable for outdoor display and available for display from May 2018 to May 2019.
When is the deadline?
16 November 2017
How many works can I submit?
There is no limit but a complete separate application has to be made for each single artwork.
When is the delivery date?
We expect to be able to take delivery of the work in May 2018.
When do I need to collect my work?
We expect to be able to return the work in May 2019.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to make a submission
Are there payments to artists?
No
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes. There is an launch party in June 2018 to which all participating artists are invited. There are also many tours of the sculpture park organised throughout the year.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
24/7 as it is an outdoor sculpture park in the public domain.
Does the location have disabled access?
As this is an outdoor sculpture park, most locations have disable access but we recommend verifying each site before visiting.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The 2017 exhibition achieved extensive press coverage with a successful campaign led by Brunswick Arts, including Time Out, Artlyst, City AM, Frieze Online, Wallpaper, FT, Evening Standard as well as many online publications. We expect similarly good results for the 2018 edition.
Do I need to be present?
Artists selected by the Arts Advisory Group are invited for a site visit to to identify which site(s) are most suitable for showcasing the particular work. Artists are also invited to the launch party in June as well as to participate any press opportunities that may arise.
Where will my venue be listed?
On the City of London official website https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visit-the-city/art-architecture/sculpture-in-the-city/Pages/default.aspx
How do you decide on proposals?
Works submitted are presented for consideration by the Arts Advisory Group made up of  Iwona Blazwick (Director Whitechapel Gallery), Robert Hiscox (Honorary Chairman Hiscox) , Whitney Hinz (Hiscox Curator) , Stephen Feeke (Director New Art Centre) , Jane Allison (Head of Galleries Barbican ) and Wendy Fisher (Art Collector and Philanthropist).
 
Following shortlisting by the Arts Advisory Group each artist / gallerist is invited for a site visit to identify which site(s) are most suitable for showcasing the particular work.

When the shortlist has been collated with chosen sites the project team liaises with the landowners to obtain approval. The project team also takes care of health and safety, planning, engineering and installation requirements, and any other legal requirements the project needs to comply with. 
 
We aim to confirm the final installation list in April 2018 and will be installing works in May/June 2018.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Artists selected by the Arts Advisory Group are invited for a site visit to to identify which site(s) are most suitable for showcasing the particular work.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
The aim of the project is to use the area as a contemporary urban gallery space and showcase cutting edge art in an area represented by the iconic contemporary towers but also the layers of history nestled amongst the towers. Over the years the project has challenged the idea of what public art can be in a dynamic urban space.
The artworks exhibited are primarily 3D. The proposed artworks need to be pre-existing, as the project does not include a commission budget. The artwork needs to be suitable for exhibiting outdoors and available from May 2018 to May 2019.

The artworks shown to date are predominantly large sculptures, with the tallest being Ai Weiwei’s Forever at 10m tall. Scale and colour can also be factors which work particularly well sited next to the towers of 30 storeys plus, with the Cheesegrater at 56 storeys tall.

For the expansion of the project in 2018 we are keen to consider other artforms which would work in this dynamic urban environment including performance and digital.

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