There isn’t an aspect of life that has remained unaffected by the Covid 19 crisis and unfortunately the arts have been no exception. With access to buildings limited, crowds ill advised and the spaces we usually engage with art during Birr Vintage Week and Arts festival closed they have decided to take the open submission online and into the virtual realm. They are inviting artists to submit works that consider, ‘The New Normal’; what that might mean and explore it’s incorporation as narrative into a daily life that has been fractured and as a consequence entered into a multi-layered process of reconfiguration.
“If you look at the great traumatising events of the past – world wars, global emergencies of different kinds – artists have always responded.”
Frances Morris director of Tate Modern.
Exhibition goes live: Friday 14th August 2020 @ 8pm and will run until Monday 14th September 2020
Submission of work to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm on 1st of August. Files must be less than 5 MB. Allowed file types: png, jpg, jpeg. Images must be smaller than 5000 x 5000 pixels.
Please also include, ‘BVW & AF Virtual Exhibition Submission’ and your name in the email subject line. Ensure that your image is of professional quality, is of the image only and doesn’t not include frame, background or reflection off glass. Failure to do so may mean your images cannot be considered. Selection will be based on the work submitted and no substitutions may be made later. Unfortunately due to the type of platform being used works cannot be purchased, however if they receive enquiries, with permission from both parties, they will pass on contact details. Number of works: Artists may submit from 1 to 2 (maximum) pieces, of their choice.
The copyright will always remain with the artist, and images will not be used on Social media unless express permission is sought, and artists credited.
This Open Submission Exhibition is currently an unpaid online exhibition. Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival are in the process of implementing an artist payment policy and are working towards all opportunities with the festival paying artist fees. This year they have sourced funding for artist fees for commissions and artist workshops and hope to source additional funding to make their Open Submission Exhibition a paid opportunity next year.