York Open Studios Call for Artists 2023

Deadline: 26/08/2022  |  Published: 14/06/2022  |  City: York  |  Region: North Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  York Open Studios

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York Open Studios is York's largest arts festival which takes place on the 15/16 and 22/23 April 2023. We are inviting applications for our 2023 event.

York Open Studios is a selected event taking place in artists' own workshops, studios and homes all across York. Every year we showcase over 100 of York's 2D and 3D artists who make original art. Our visitors love YOS because it gives them an opportunity to not only buy original work and meet the artist, but to find out more about how and where the work is made. This makes YOS more than an exhibition or a craft fair, it's an experience!

To apply, you must live or have a permanent studio within a ten mile radius of York City centre, and we welcome applications from artists at all stages in their career, including recent graduates who pay a reduced fee. 
 
To Submit:
 
You must submit five print-quality (300dpi) JPG images of the type of work you expect to show in April. At least three of these must be individual works but two may be detail or close-up shots.
 
Your images must be high quality and show your work clearly.  They will be used by our panel during selection and then if you are successful they will be used on our website, marketing materials, social media. We do not expect professional photos but they should be polished, print ready and taken with a professional outlook. We reserve the right to crop or otherwise edit your images.
 
You must also provide a short statement about the work in your images. Please explain your motivation, inspiration and materials used. You might also mention specal techniques. Please avoid flowery descriptions and do not make your statement too short, the aim is to make sure the panel understand you and your work.

Costs:

We charge £125 for successful applications. Recent graduates (within 2 years) pay a reduced fee of £60. Artists pay commission of 10% on their sales over £300.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists and craftspeople who live within ten miles of York City centre who create original 2D and 3D work.
When is the deadline?
Midnight, 26th August 2022
How many images can I submit?
You must submit five print-quality (300dpi) JPG images of the type of work you expect to show in April. At least three of these must be individual works but two may be detail or close-up shots.

Your images must be high quality and show your work clearly. They will be used by our panel during selection and then if you are successful they will be used on our website, marketing materials, social media. We do not expect professional photos but they should be polished, print ready and taken with a professional outlook. We reserve the right to crop your images.
How much does it cost?
We charge £125 for successful applications. Recent graduates (2 years) pay a reduced fee of £60.

Artists pay a commission of 10% on their sales over £300. We do not take commission on the first £300.
Is there a private view / opening?
Artists can choose to have a public opening on Friday 14th April 2023 which will be published in the directory and on the website. Artists can also choose to have a private view but this will not be published.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Friday 14th April 6-9pm (optional)
Saturday 15th April 10am-5pm
Sunday 16th April 10am-5pm
Saturday 22nd April 10am-5pm
Sunday 23rd April 10am-5pm
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Each artist will have a dedicated page on our website and will be showcased across our social media channels. We employ a PR agency who provide wide press and magazine coverage and we place adverts in local and national publications. A directory with images, venue address and contact details will be produced as well as a handy map with venues marked.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, you must be present at your venue at all published times on both weekends.
Where will my venue be listed?
Each artist will have a listing in our directory, printed map and a dedicated page on our website.
How do you decide on applications/proposals?
We employ an independent panel of arts professionals to select our artists.
What happens if my application/proposal is accepted?
You will receive a congratulations email and a further form to fill in to ask additional questions for your directory entry and confirm that you agree to our T+Cs. You will also be asked to pay your admission fee. The deadline for payment and provision of further details is 16th October 2022.
What are the selection criteria?
The work submitted should be original, consistent and show a clear 'Artists's voice'. While all the work is for sale, York Open Studios is not a craft fair. The panel are not looking for generic items, your work should be exciting and intriguing and demonstrate a clear direction and vision. The panel will use their knowledge and experience to arrive at a decision and consider qualities such as use and application of materials, originality and composition. The panel will look for work showing artistic commitment and a professional outlook. Decisions will be based purely on the quality of the applications submitted so make sure your images are high quality and show your work clearly. You are asked for a description of your work and you must make sure that the panel understands what they are looking at. Write about your materials, techniques, scale and inspiration and avoid flowery descriptions.

Artists who submit poor quality images or a too brief description are unlikely to be selected.

Non-selected artists may ask for feedback on their submission, but we will only be able to provide this where the panel have stated specific reasons.
Will I need to attend any meetings?
Yes, you must attend a meeting on Saturday 8th October where we will introduce ourselves, welcome new artists and give you important information about the event. There will also be an optional meeting/social prior to the event where new artists and people who have exhibited before can get together to share useful hints and tips on how to get the most out of York Open Studios.
How is York Open Studios run?
York Open Studios is run by a committee of volunteers.
Where can I exhibit?
Borrowed or hired venues are not permitted. You can use your own permanent studio, workshop, home, an educational establishment where you teach or where you are artist in residence. Up to five artists can share one venue as long as at least one artist uses the space on a permanent basis. If there are more than five artists who are all permanently resident in a venue then they will be permitted to show together.

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