Trauma and Healing

Deadline: n/a  |  Venue: London, TBC once we have a bit more certainty on lockdowns!  |  City: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Come As You Are

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Open Call for Artists for their next open exhibition - Trauma and Healing: (be seen and heard). Come As You Art/e are a small group of emerging artists who want to share the joy in making and appreciation of art. We emphasise the democracy in creativity - welcoming work from professional, semi-professional and student artists; aiming to give all artists, but especially new and emerging artists, a platform to show, sell - and enjoy showing and selling - their work.

The theme for this exhibition was chosen after submissions to our last open call showed that there is a real desire from artists to show work created in response to their physical and mental experiences - a desire to to highlight something that has impacted their wellbeing and often a journey to healing.

CAYA invites artists to submit pairs of works (maximum two pairs per artist or collective) that respond to the two aspects of this exhibition - one trauma, one healing. We will only be accepting pairs of works for this exhibition: both works to be included as separate items in one application form. They do not need to be a matched pair, and should be available for sale as separate items.

The show will be in London, but in response to the pandemic we are not committing to a specific date until we are more confident that the show will not be cancelled by a lockdown. This call is to give people a chance to make work specifically in response to the theme, or to submit extant works in advance. 

We welcome submissions of smaller works from anywhere and larger works from artists who can personally deliver and collect within a two hour window at the start and end of the show (this window is important!). Anything 3D or 2D will be considered, and the works do not have to be in the same medium, but we cannot accept performance / installation / site specific pieces. We may be able to accommodate moving image or sound, but please bear in mind that this will depend on the venue and work being suitable to be shown together as part of this exhibition, and the venue and work being suitable for each other.

It is free to submit - work that is accepted into the show will be charged at approximately £25 for each pair of works up to A3 (in total, footprint if 3D), and £50 for pairs of work larger than A3 in total. You are not comitting to pay anything by making a submission. If your work is selected for the physical show we will contact you with prices so you can reach a decision before comitting to anything. 

We will connect you to interested buyers - no commission will be charged for any work you sell, but we do encourage all participating artists to publicise, support and attend the show and private view :)  We also ask that you let us know if and when you make a sale from the show. 

Works should, by default, be sent to the organisers with a fully paid SAE - we will return your work to you that way after the show. Slots for personal delivery will be released as soon as there is a date for the show, and you will not be asked to pay anything until you have those details. 

A digital catalogue will be prepared using the images and text provided to us, so please ensure that you only submit finished works, and check the text and images before submission.  Please make sure that each photo only includes one artwork,  taken from the main viewing angle, and cropped to fit, as they will be the images used in the catalogue. The text you provide as part of the application will be the text used in the catalogue - it should be written in the third person, and limited to 250 words. We may have to edit your text down, but will try not to :) 

Works do not have to be framed, but will need a simple way of hanging to be affixed. We hope to use command strips for all hanging works, but this will depend on the gallery, so - as with delivery - we will update this as soon as we have more information, and you won’t be asked to pay anything until you know. Whether delivering or not, please mark the work on the back with an arrow indicating how it should be hung, whether or not you think it's obvious!

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your work!


Naughty :) Still, here's a quick check list of points:

- you need to submit works in pairs, details separated, on one form (there is space for two works on each form). They can be any medium, unmatched or matched, and must be available to buy individually.

- one work should be 'trauma' and one 'healing'.

- you can submit two pairs of work max.

- by default, work will be posted to us with an SAE for returns.

- final pricing, hanging details and delivery windows will be made available as soon as a we are confident enough that there won't be another lockdown - you won't be asked to pay anything until the details are available.

- please submit up to 250 words in the third person and a frontal, clear photo - this will be used in the catalogue.

- we don't charge comission - we connect you directly to buyers.

- thanks!


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
None at the moment :)
How many works can I submit?
2 pairs - so 4 in total. Each pair should be comprised of 1 x trauma and 1 x healing.
How much does it cost?
TBC, but around £25 for a pair of works up to A3 in total, and £50 above that.
Are there payments to artists?
All sales proceeds are yours :)
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes, public health measures and our interest in your wellbeing permitting.
Do I need to be present?
No, but we really encourage participating artists to attend and bring friends!

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