Open Call | Solo Exhibitions by Women Artists for unperceived existence

Deadline: December 2018

unperceived existence explores the interplay between existence and perception offering solo exhibitions by women makers, designers and artists. The exhibitions will be hosted by gallery shush.

Inspired by art activists such as the Guerrilla Girls who have unflinchingly exposed the hypocrisy of many art institutions, especially in relation to women’s historical underrepresentation, unperceived existence calls into focus women’s position within the arts and perceptions of their work. Do we cease to exist if we are not represented? And at what point does our art exist?

In making the unseen this project questions how we perceive physical works of art and how we designate value. It is interested in the physical and digital and how we interact with our audiences.

These exhibitions will in all senses be real exhibitions. They will have private views, exhibition invites and catalogues. The work displayed within them will be real and exist as tangible things. What the exhibitions do not have is any physical audience. No one will come through the gallery doors to see the carefully made and curated works. No one will come to admire the efforts and skills of the artists or acknowledge their existence. Instead each exhibition will be documented via social media and an online catalogue available for download and for purchase and each artist will be asked to take over the project’s Instagram page for the duration of their exhibition.

unperceived existence are especially interested in projects which explore themes such as visibility and invisibility; femininity; feminism; motherhood; and/or have a political theme although they welcome and will consider any other theme proposed.

Applications are being accepted now and they will continue to accept applications until the programme is full. You are welcome to apply at any stage between now and December but please be aware the programme will fill up fast.

Please note: there is no artist fee or exhibition budget. The artist is responsible to get the work to the project space. The organisers will cover the cost of the return.

This project is a venture by Laura Bradshaw-Heap in collaboration with Mother Makers.

For further information on the project and how to apply: unperceivedexistence.wordpress.com/callout/

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