Summer Solstice Exhibition - Open Call

Deadline: 07/05/2021  |  Published: 21/03/2021  |  Venue: Fronteer Gallery  |  City: Sheffield  |  Region: South Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Fronteer Art

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Fronteer Gallery are preparing for their annual summer exhibition, and this year it’s all about the summer solstice.

After being unable to hold a summer exhibition in 2020, Fronteer are back, this time with their own art gallery in Sheffield city centre, and this years summer exhibition is a real celebration. We are looking for work which responds to the theme of summer and the summer solstice.  Work can be in any medium, either 2D or sculptural. The exhibition will not include any video or audio works.

We are looking for high quality work to form a stylised exhibition. As part of our summer exhibition we put together an exhibition catalogue, with exhibiting artists each receiving a copy as part of their submission fee.

If government restrictions allow we will also be able to have the first private view event at the gallery since it opened, and we expect a big turn out for the event. For summer exhibitions we really go above and beyond, providing related events, including live performance art and workshops relating to the exhibition theme. We will also be opening the gallery for 5 days a week during this exhibition, giving extra exhibition time (the gallery usually opens to the public 4 days a week).

It is free to submit work, with only successful artists paying a £35 fee.

UK based artists are invited to submit 1 piece of work of any size up to a maximum of 80cm. You should also submit the follow text, written in the third person.

* A short description of the work of no more than 50 words.

*  A short bio of the artist/ information about your practice.

This text WILL be included in the exhibition catalogue and cannot be changed from what is given in your submission. Text should be written in the third person. If it is not written this way it will be changed into this by a Fronteer team member.

The exhibition will run for 2 weeks, from 22nd June – 3rd July, with a private view evening on Monday 21st June, if Government restrictions allow.

The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday. Opening times are Tuesday - Fridays 10am - 3pm, Saturdays 2pm - 7pm.

Artists from all backgrounds are invited to submit ONE piece of work each. It is free to apply with only successful artists paying a fee of £35.

The submission deadline is at midnight on 2nd May. Successful artists will be contacted by 10th May.

Successful artists will be contacted and asked to confirm if they would like to take part in the exhibition. Please keep an look out for emails from 3rd May onwards.

Successful artists must deliver work in person on Saturday 5th June between 2pm – 7pm. If you would like to send your work by post, please note that it can only be sent using Royal Mail. Due to Coronavirus restrictions only Royal Mail delivery personnel have access to the building where the post will be sent to. Please note that the postal address is not the same as the gallery address. All work must be received by 11th June at the latest.

If you have any issues with these dates please contact us before applying.

Successful artists should pay their £35 fee by 23rd May.

Work can be offered for sale during the exhibition, and there is a commission charge of 5% to cover admin costs.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

How to Submit

Artists are invited to submit ONE piece of work.

Work can be 2D or 3D, though unfortunately we cannot accept video or audio works. Works which require hanging must be ready to hang with mirror plates or picture wire already attached. Work can be any size up to 80cm.

If successful, your work will be featured in an exhibition catalogue. As such, we require the photographs which accompany your submission to sent as jpegs at 300 dpi, and images should be between 1mb and 3mb.

Please also provide up to 50 words about the work, written in the third person (this text will be included in the catalogue if you are successful), and up to 50 words about yourself, written in the third person (this text will be included in the catalogue if you are successful)

Work should be collected from the gallery on 4th July between 12-3. If you have any issues with this date please contact us before submitting and we can look at possible alternatives. If you would like your work returning to you by post please be aware that we charge a small handling fee on top of the price of postage. If work is small enough you are welcome to include a stamped addressed envelope for return postage which will incur no further charge.

All work must be complete at the time of submission. Any work which varies from the original piece submitted may be rejected. If you wish to submit any form of print, it will be your responsibility to print it off and prepare it for exhibition before delivering it to us.

Thank you and good luck!

Michael and Sharon (The Fronteer Team)


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any UK based artist.
When is the deadline?
7thMay 2021.
How many works can I submit?
One per artist.
When is the delivery date?
5th June in person drop off.
11th June is the latest date for work to reach us by post.
When do I need to collect my work?
4th July for collection in person.
How much does it cost?
It is free to submit with successful artists paying a £35 fee.
Is there a private view / opening?
If government restrictions allow there will be a private view evening on 21st June.
Do I need to be present?
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be contacted between 3rd - 10th May 2021.

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