The Arcades Project open call

Deadline: 13/09/2019  |  Published: 19/08/2019  |  Venue: Duke Street Arcade  |  City: Cardiff  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Rory Duckhouse

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Existing artworks that deal with the themes of Walter Benjamins book The Arcades Project for exhibition in October. Artist fee: £200 Deadline: 13th September 2019

Open Call for The Arcades Project Cardiff

Deadline: 13 September 2019

Artist fee: £200

Proposed Exhibition date - October 2019

This open call is for an exhibition that will happen in the Duke Street Arcade in Cardiff based around Walter Benjamins text, The Arcades Project.

Using cultural theorist Walter Benjamin’s book The Arcades Project as its inspiration, the exhibitions will relate to this text and the issues it explores. The Arcades Project is the culmination of Walter Benjamin’s notebooks, an unfinished text that is divided into a series of folders labelled A – r. Each folder deals with a different topic, from Baudelaire, the Flaneur, ancient Paris, boredom, conspiracies, photography, the stock exchange to the commune and many more. The book is a wieldy tome that foresaw the evolution of the multi complex shopping centre and the mall.

The artworks will be included as part of a holistic exhibition programme that will include the exhibition, talks and a performance programme. A publication will be produced of the programme that will be given to the artists selected.

I am looking for pre existing works that are influenced by any of the following themes:

The City

City Centre Architecture

The Arcade

Urban planning

The Flaneur / Urban walking

The unfinished text

Or any of the convolutes in the book. These are:

Convolute A "Arcades, Magazins de Nouveautés, Sales Clerks"
Convolute B "Fashion"
Convolute C "Ancient Paris, Catacombs, Demolitions, Decline of Paris"
Convolute D "Boredom, Eternal Return"
Convolute E: "Haussmannization, Barricade Fighting"
Convolute F: "Iron Construction"
Convolute G: "Exhibitions, Advertising, Grandville"
Convolute H "The Collector"
Convolute I "The Interior, the Trace"
Convolute J "Baudelaire" 
Convolute K "Dream City and Dream House, Dreams of the Future, Anthropological Nihilism, Jung"
Convolute L "Dream House, Museum, Spa"
Convolute M "The Flâneur"
Convolute N "Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Progress"
Convolute O "Prostitution, Gambling"
Convolute P "The Streets of Paris"
Convolute Q "Panorama"
Convolute R "Mirrors"
Convolute S "Painting, Jugendstil, Novelty"
Convolute T "Modes of Lighting"
Convolute U "Saint-Simon, Railroads"
Convolute V "Conspiracies, Compagnonnage"
Convolute W "Fourier"
Convolute X "Marx 
Convolute Y "Photography"
Convolute Z "The Doll, the Automaton"

Each artist chosen will be paid a fee of £200 and their work will be included in the publication alongside the programme. Artists will receive a copy of the publication.

Artists will be responsible for the insurance of their artwork.

Artwork will need to be delivered by 27th September 2019. The work will be returned upon the closing of the exhibition.

The exhibition has been funded through a kickstarter campaign with support from National Business Sales, Greazy Vegan and Greens Vegan.

Any questions please get in touch through Curatorspace.


Contact the curator
When is the delivery date?
27th September 2019
When do I need to collect my work?
I will contact artists at the close of the exhibition to arrange the works to be returned.
How much does it cost?
Are there payments to artists?
Each artist will be paid a fee of £200 and will get a copy of the publication
What are the exhibition opening hours?
12-5 Wednesday - Sunday
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The artists will be included on the arcades project website
Do I need to be present?
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
I am looking for pre existing artworks, no new proposals will be considered.

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