Size Matters

Deadline: 17/03/2019  |  Published: 22/02/2019  |  Venue: Fringe Arts Bath (visual arts festival over various venues)  |  City: Bath  |  Region: Somerset  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Mark Fearbunce

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A big exhibition of diminutive artworks! Size Matters invites artists to produce works that measure precisely 5cm squared, cubed or prismatic, or multiples thereof. No matter the subject that the artist engages with, Size Matters aims to encourage the artist to consider the impact of scale on their work.

5cm might be tiny if your practice is architectural or elephantine, but ginormous if your work is microbial or introspective. Does a 5cm square become a tiny window onto a big issue like climate change or inequality; a window so tiny that you can’t see the wood for the trees? Or does it become a focus on one small part of the bigger picture; an example or just one cog in the wheel?

Equally, could the 5cm scale elevate an insignificant experience that would otherwise not be mentioned at all? Given the slightly unorthodox size and shape for an artwork, submissions might reflect directly on the nature of scale or format. As well as painting, print, drawing and sculpture, submissions may also be for installations, films, sound or performance work. Any media welcome.

As well as intending to pose a conundrum for any artist, Size Matters also serves as a metaphor for the individual within a community. As a whole, the mass of many artworks, each with their own individual concerns, share a form that gives them aesthetic unity. It represents a varied populous each dealing with a common problem in their own way. It may also suggest an equal voice for all where differing voices will be heard.

This somewhat utopian democratic ideal might be easily disrupted by an installation of multiple cubes or a performance with a prism that might draw more attention; speak with a louder voice. Everyone has a voice but some voices speak louder. Conversely there may be many small voices with similar ideas and in Size Matters, there is opportunity for them to speak louder together. The curation of the show will reflect the relationship between the different voices.

The cost is £20 per artist for accepted works only. So it's free to submit work and you only need to pay if the work is going in the show. if you have more than one artwork accepted the fee is still £20 (per artist, not per artwork). This is an artist run initiative by volunteers. 


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Anyone is welcome to apply. Students, emerging and established artists as well as those who don't consider themselves artists at all. Open to all wherever you are in the world.
When is the deadline?
17th March 2019
How many works can I submit?
As many as you like. There is no limit. Please ensure that all submissions are 5cm squares, cubes, prisms or multiples thereof.
When is the delivery date?
Exhibition will be going up from 18th May to 24th May, so you can arrange to deliver and install your work in this week. Works can be posted too if you are unable to come in person (details will be sent to accepted artists). Opening night of the exhibition is on Friday 24th May
When do I need to collect my work?
9th June 2019. The show closes at 3pm on this day when works need to be removed from the venue. Arrangements can be made to post work back to you if you are unable to come in person.
How much does it cost?
£20 per artist for works accepted only. So it's free to submit work and you only need to pay if the work is going in the show. if you have more than one artwork accepted the fee is still £20 (per artist, not per artwork). This is an artist run initiative by volunteers. No one is paid and the money goes directly into promoting the event, paying the electricity bill etc.
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
yes, from 6pm on Friday 24th May.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The exhibition is part of Fringe Arts Bath (FaB), a visual arts festival in Bath, UK. The festival organisers have a huge international outreach and attract large numbers through mail-outs, online presence, publications distributed around the city and local press. As a World Heritage City, Bath has many visitors from around the world and FaB is a highly visible presence in the city centre during the festival. The festival coincides with and shares publicity with Bath Fringe Festival for music. Please see FaB website:
Do I need to be present?
Not necessarily, although artists are encouraged to volunteer some time to the festival if they are able to help.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
More detail will be sent to you via email.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
anything that measures 5cm square, 5cm cubed, 5cm squared prism or a multiple of squares, cubes or prisms.
What are the selection criteria?
After the deadline all artworks that meet the 5cm criteria will be assessed for their contribution to the exhibition as a whole. We're looking for 'quality' submissions, but that can be interpreted aesthetically, conceptually, technically or merely in how it responds to some of the other works.

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