subterraneous - open call

Deadline: 12/07/2019  |  Published: 25/06/2019  |  Venue: Bowlees, Teesdale  |  City: Teesdale  |  Region: Durham  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Nat Wilkins

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Since 2015 the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Cold-blooded and Spineless project has been inspiring amateur naturalists and North Pennines communities to celebrate the importance of invertebrates through science and art. We have developed a series of art trails in the AONB that highlight local species and encourage people to better appreciate the invertebrate world that underpins the function of our special upland landscape and beyond. To bring this all together we are planning a special exhibition of invertebrate themed art in a month long exhibition in Teesdale, we invite work from any discipline dealing with invertebrates.

The Cold-blooded and Spineless final exhibition is part of an initiative of the North Pennines AONB Partnership that celebrates the fascinating world of invertebrates. This exhibition will take place across two venues in Teesdale, Bowlees Visitor centre and Wynch Bridge End Cottage.

The Cold-blooded and Spineless project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, has brought together artists, scientists, schools and North Pennines communities. The project raises awareness of the complexity of the bugs around us and their importance to our landscape and lives. During this project we have worked with many artists to create four arts trails, choreograph dances, create puppet theatre and animation, create new music, create mosaics, host films nights and mini carnivals and much much more. For the finale we want to curate an inspirational exhibition of invertebrate themed arts works.

We want to celebrate the plethora of creative input we have by curating a themed exhibition. This show is open to anyone, professional or enthused amateur, with a creative interpretation or exploration of the hidden world that invertebrates reside in. Whether you sketch your discoveries as you go, fire your inspirations in ceramics or set your ideas in stone, we want to hear from you.

The theme of the exhibition is Subterraneous

adjective Also sub·ter·ra·ne·ous.
  1. existing, situated, or operating below the surface of the earth; underground.

  2. existing or operating out of sight or secretly; hidden or secret.

We want work that fits this idea in any capacity, the world of invertebrates is largely hidden from view beneath our feet, under rocks and underwater and sometimes even beyond the limits of human perception. So to is our dependence as human beings on invertebrate life for our own survival. The conservation needed and the plight of some of these species can also be hidden from many people's agenda.

With this in mind we want to invite submissions of art works that interpret this theme as widely as possible. We want to inspire people to look and see what is hidden in plain sight. We want to reveal the subterraneous world of invertebrates to enlighten our audiences.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline for all submissions in 12th July 2019, no submissions will be accepted after this date.

We hope to include as much of the submitted work as we can but recognise that we are limited on space. All of the work can be for sale if you wish and there is a 30% commission from the Bowlees gallery on all sales

We are open to all mediums that explore the world of invertebrates, whether that is sculpture, craft, video or sound work.

The exhibition will take place from the 1st to 30th of September and the artist must be available to drop off and collect works in the days leading up to and preceding the exhibition, final details of this will be provided to exhibiting artists.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
12th July
How many works can I submit?
up to 4
When is the delivery date?
last week of august
When do I need to collect my work?
first week of October
How much does it cost?
Are there payments to artists?
no - work can be for sale with a 30% commision
Is there a private view / opening?
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10am-5pm daily
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
the exhibition will be publicised across the north pennines social media channels and in the local press
Do I need to be present?
How do you decide on proposals?
a panel of experts will judge the work to be shown
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
you will be given further details of how to deliver and collect your work
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
any work that relates to the world of invertebrates in any capacity

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