thismustbe_ - Exhibition Open Call

Deadline: 14/12/2018  |  Published: 12/10/2018  |  City: Manchester  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Polly Palmerini

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A creative platform looking to engage with current and inventive projects, through a series of exhibitions and collaborative work. Our aim is to engage with a variety of photographic artists through a series of briefs and open calls throughout the coming year. In each exhibition we will exhibit different work in varying spaces. Creating a transient approach to exhibiting photography and a curatorial journey with the artists.

We are accepting submissions for our inaugural exhibition exploring the notion of place. We are looking for projects that aren’t rooted in cartography or physical space, but interrogate space and time as a concept, venturing beyond the boundaries of a topographical entity.

Considering transience within the everyday or a specific point in time. The identity of a place, geographical boundaries, performative qualities of seemingly inanimate objects. How a space is inhabited and altered, distilled reality, blurring lines between history and the contemporary, photographs seen to have been tested by human experience.  

Please provide a brief artist statement to go with your images - outlining anything that you think will help us appreciate your work. Alongside this please also include information on the medium, year, size and price of each work. Please ensure that all wall-mounted photographs are already equipped with mirror plates, or for alternative printing and mounting provide information in your submission. You can upload a maximum of 10 JPEGs from one single series of work. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be less than 2 MB each, and sized around 1500 pixels on the longest side at 72dpi. (These images are for review only)

The work selected will be exhibited in early 2019 in a venue in Manchester, curated by our curation team.

Submission deadline: 14th December 2018 (midnight) 

Notification of selection:by 21st December 2018

for any questions contact: or on instagram @thismustbe_


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
the deadline is the 14th December 2018
How many works can I submit?
you can submit up to 10 images from one piece of work
When will we be notified?
After the 14th December.
When do I need to collect my work?
We will inform the selected artists on the 21st December
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a private viewing and it is TBC
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The publicity will be on social media, online, around town and email.

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