W4th Plinth

Deadline: 31/12/2022  |  Published: 15/09/2022  |  Venue: Railway embankment wall, Turnham Green Terrace  |  City: Chiswick  |  Region: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Karen Liebreich

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Call for artists to submit interesting, high-quality, large-scale images to be shown on The W4th Plinth.

The chosen work will appear in hi-resolution digital reproduction on a large vinyl, 4m x 4m, attached to a railway embankment overlooking a well-frequented piazza area in this increasingly vibrant and affluent area of west London.

The only artwork on a large expanse of heritage brick, the W4th Plinth offers artists a chance to create a striking large-scale work of impact. The chosen artwork will be launched with a celebration and interviews in the local press. It will remain in position for at least 6 months, after which the artist takes ownership of the canvas.

Artists can either create a fresh original piece for this site, or can submit an existing artwork. Art is to be submitted as a digital file (max 4MB). We will then ask selected artists to submit large files to be printed. A vinyl image 4m x 4m is created by a very experienced printer, and the artwork is stretched onto a framework to ensure it hangs perfectly.

The image hangs suspended over a small new piazza, well frequented both by shoppers, residents and commuters, and the artwork attracts much attention. The space was recently featured on BBC TV and the launch attracted local press attention. 

The W4th Plinth was launched 3 years ago as a changing artwork - the first image was created specifically for the site by pop art's greatest proponent, Sir Peter Blake. During Covid lockdowns, the 6-month display periods were altered to become more flexible.

Artworks will be shortlisted by a jury of local art experts, and the shortlist will then be voted on by the public. 


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Everyone is welcome to submit.
When is the deadline?
31st December 2022
How many works can I submit?
Up to 5 works.
When is the delivery date?
The jury will shortlist works during January 2022. Public will then be given a few weeks to vote. Installation to be early 2023.
When do I need to collect my work?
The work will hang for at least six months.
How much does it cost?
No charge.
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a launch party; artists will be encouraged to invite their own guests.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
24/7; it is in a public space
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
The organisers will do their best to ensure publicity, and local press always cover this installation.
Do I need to be present?
Not necessary, but nice
How do you decide on proposals?
Jury will shortlist; public will vote between the finalists.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will check the quality of your digital file, then print the image ready for display. Our experienced riggers will install the work. We will try to agree a date for installation that suits the artist's needs, so that the artist can be available.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Interesting, high quality works that will not be overwhelmed by the large scale of the venue (4m x 4m)
What are the selection criteria?
Very wide criteria. We are very keen to see all sorts of different works displayed in this space.

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