The Press Room at Fringe Arts Bath

Deadline for submissions: 27/03/2017  |  City: Bath  |  Region: Somerset  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Created by: Alice Emily

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The Press Room seeks print-based artists for experimental live artwork inspired by propaganda, underground and anarchist presses. In this era of increasing digital surveillance and data collection could non-digital, ephemeral distribution of ideas become revolutionary again? Work will be generated live by participating artists. Comprising a venue with a group of artist-printmakers, and various manual and digital presses, media will be produced rapidly and collaboratively. Method and content will be devised by the artists in response to a brief to manipulate news and cultural stories at the time of the event and reference historic/cultural uses of print in propaganda and revolution whilst reflecting the difficulty of knowing ‘the facts’ in an age of over-saturation. Output will be distributed daily via visitors and street hand-outs throughout the festival duration, creating an outlet for the media produced. There is further potential for visitor participation workshops, open to artists proposals.

Part exhibition, part performance, part propaganda-machine, The Press Room invites artists to experiment and explore printed media, posing the question - whether in this era of  digital surveillance and data collection, could non-digital distribution of ideas be set to become revolutionary again?
 

The Press Room seeks expression of interest from all types of Printmakers, including Digital Printmakers, who are keen to experiment and collaborate  in a live artwork taking place at Bath's Visual Arts Festival, Fringe Arts Bath, May- June 2017.

The Press Room is also open to receiving submissions from artists wishing to to exhibit only.

The Press Room is also interested in expressions of interest from artists or writers with an interest in propaganda, mass media, and the history of the Printing Press.

 
 
 
Details
The Press Room will comprise a venue with a group of artist-printmakers, and various manual and digital presses.

Media will be produced rapidly and collaboratively, mixing  media and content. Media produced could include posters, pamphlets, and leaflets.

The work will be generated live by the artists and methods will be devised by the artists once grouped. 

Artists are asked to consider utilising contemporary news and cultural stories, coupled with cultural references to the history of the printing press in the distribution of ideas, ideology,  news and propaganda (and where the distinction lies between these) since the time of the invention of the printing press.  

The output will reflect the mixed messages of the media, both underground and mainstream; highlighting the difficulty of knowing the facts in an age of over-saturation. 

The intention is that visitors to the exhibition will be able to watch the The Press Room in action as the artists work.  
 
Please include the following in your submission:
 
Examples of / and links to relevant previous work.
A brief written and / or visual response to the theme of the exhibition to explain how you would like to take part. 

 

 
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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
The Press Room seeks expression of interest from all types of Printmakers, including Digital Printmakers.

The Press Room is also interested in expressions of interest from artists or writers with an interest in propaganda, mass media, and the history of the Printing Press.
When is the deadline?
27th March 2017
How many works can I submit?
Work is to be created 'live' in The Press Room. Please submit examples to demonstrate the types of work you do.

Submissions may also be made by artists who wish to exhibit only. Priority for wall space will be given to artists producing work in the exhibition space, therefore this opportunity is likely to be strictly limited. Please ensure that any works submitted for exhibition only compliment the ethos of The Press Room concept.
When is the delivery date?
The Festival runs between 26th May - 11th June.
How much does it cost?
On selection, a £20.00 admin fee is payable to Fringe Arts Bath.
Are there payments to artists?
No; however The Press Room seeks to make available the opportunity for participating artists to sell work, commission free.
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10 - 5pm every day 26th May - 11th June
Does the location have disabled access?
Not known at present.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Advertised on FaB website and printed brochure; plus artists will have the opportunity to meet visitors to The Press Room and talk about their work.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, unless you are applying to exhibit only.
Where will my venue be listed?
In Fringe Arts Bath brochure.
How do you decide on proposals?
By committee after the closing date. The artists who respond the most creatively with the themes of the exhibition will be invited to take part.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Please include the following in your submission:
Examples or links to of relevant work.
A brief written or visual response to the brief for the exhibition.
What is the selection criteria?
A creative and engaging response to the themes of the exhibition.

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