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The World Illustration Awards 2020 are open for entries!

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Be ambitious, be seen, be celebrated

 

Presented by the AOI in partnership with USA based Directory of Illustration, the World Illustration Awards are presented in a refreshed format for 2020, offering illustrators the opportunity to have their most ambitious work seen and celebrated!

The Awards are open to professional and new talent illustrators living and working in any country in any format and media.

The competition is judged by an independent jury across ten exciting, refreshed categories representing work being made in the industry today. New categories include Book Covers, Science & Technology, and Design, Product & Packaging.

500 illustrators will be longlisted, and featured on the AOI Website.

200 shortlisted entrants will be presented in a digital and print publication sent to commissioners worldwide, and presented in a new-look exhibition at Elephant West, one of London’s most exciting cultural venues.

This incredible exposure often leads to new clients, commissions and illustration jobs.

The Overall Winners will be presented cash prizes sponsored by Winsor&Newton at the Awards Ceremony, to be announced alongside the Category Winners, who will each take home a coveted WIA Trophy. In addition, four Cross-Category Awards will be presented this year, including a new Innovation Award, recognising work that truly pushes the boundaries of the artform.

Deadline: 18 February 2020

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One of the ten Professional Category Winners will be named as the WIA2020 Overall Professional Winner. They will win a generous cash prize of £2,000 sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $4,330 US Dollars, including a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com

One of the ten New Talent Category Winners will be named as the WIA2020 Overall New Talent Winner. They will win a generous cash prize £1,000 sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a copy of the Directory of Illustration.

All 20 Category Winners (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive a WIA Trophy, an enhanced entry in the catalogue, a profile feature on the AOI website, and a complimentary AOI membership for one year with all the benefits this brings including business advice, discounted online portfolio and Varoom subscription.

20 Highly Commended Projects (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive a WIA Certificate.

Selected from any AOI Member shortlisted for WIA2020. The winner will receive a complimentary year-long membership plus folio, a copy of the Guide to Law and the current Directories, worth £296.95, a WIA Certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

All shortlisted New Talent entries will be eligible for the SAA Agents Award for New Talent, offering the winner a six month trial representation with one of the leading SAA Illustration agents, which will include mentoring and career development. During that time, the winner will also benefit from having their work showcased on the SAA’s website and across their social media platforms. The winner will also be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

The DI Award winner will receive a single page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $2,695 US Dollars. The program includes a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com plus a one-on-one consultation with a professional Directory of Illustration marketing consultant on how to best present your work to the American market. The winner will also be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

One shortlisted project will be selected for a new Innovation Award, to be awarded for a project displaying considerable innovation and experimentation with the artform. It will be judged by at least two jury members. The winner will be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

Deadline: 
02/08/2020

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Fee Detail: 
£29 (GBP) per Single Entry // £49 (GBP) per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT) €34 (EURO) per Single Entry // €58 (EURO) per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT) $33 (USD) per Single Entry // $60 (USD) per Multiple Entry
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Call for artist collaborator with Chloe Dewe Mathews and The Ballad of Peckham Rye 
February – April 2020 (9 hours)  Honorarium: £150 Please note the honorarium is for the initial time required to develop a collaborative proposal.  
  
The Project 

Since 2013 artist Chloe Dewe Mathews has developed a body of work that explores the urban environment of the London Borough of Southwark and its rich community of African churches. Sunday Service (2013), commissioned by Tate Modern, explored the reinvention of architectural space in the urban environment, cataloguing a rapid shift from industrial to religious space, while its companion piece, Congregation (2015), looked more closely at the collective religious experience and the nature of expressive worship. Many of Dewe Mathews’s projects take years of preparation, however this body of work is unique in that it represents a sustained engagement with the specifics of her local area and its communities over an extended period.  

Dewe Mathews initially produced Sunday Service as a response to the remarkable fact that in 2011 Southwark had the highest density of African Christianity anywhere in the world outside Africa. Five years on, Dewe Mathews is interested to return to this subject and has been working with Dr. Andrew Rogers (Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology) at Roehampton University on new research that suggests the African population is now moving east, away from Southwark. Peckham has been going through the process of gentrification for over a decade and much anecdotal evidence from church leaders suggests that issues finding space are more keenly felt within the community than ever.  

TBOPR are seeking to commission Dewe Mathews to develop a new work that would use the research and questions posed in Sunday Service and Congregation as a starting point, from which to examine the specific nature of Pentecostal worship in Peckham today. As part of the commission we are seeking to develop a collaborative partnership with an artist whose practice explores similar themes and/or has a connection to local communities in Southwark, to ensure this project brings a necessary and relevant response to Peckham’s changing religious landscape. We envisage the collaboration will result in a co-authored work made in discussion with TBOPR and other members of the community. 

Sunday Service

Sunday Service (2013) C-type print photographic series, 150 x 120 cm and 76 x 61 cm  Sunday Service was commissioned by Tate Modern in 2013. The work was exhibited in the McAulay Gallery, Tate Modern, 28 May – 13 July 2014 and was accompanied by a free publication. 
http://www.chloedewemathews.com/sunday-service/ 

Located in small industrial estates, opposite railway stations, on busy high streets, in former office blocks and bingo halls, in 2011 there were said to be 240 African churches in the south London borough of Southwark, more than double the number of other types of churches in the area. Research by Roehampton University suggested that this represented the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa. Sunday Service explored the reinvention of architectural space in the urban environment, cataloguing a rapid shift from industrial to religious space, in this pocket of South London. The series combined portraits of people who use and have repurposed the buildings, with photographs of the spaces themselves, which act like collaged records of a local history. 

Congregation (2015)  
Three-channel video installation, commissioned by Tate Modern, first shown in 2015 at Bosse & Baum, Copeland Park Industrial Estate, London. With sound by Coby Sey. Duration: 08:57 http://www.chloedewemathews.com/congregation/ Link here: https://vimeo.com/user104036403/review/367755130/998d6787d3 Password - Congregation 

Congregation is a three-channel video installation exploring collective religious experience and the nature of expressive worship in south London’s African churches. The nine-minute piece, featuring a number of Pentecostal churches in Peckham and Camberwell, combines intimate footage of personal reflection, with large-scale shots of communal ecstasy. In a departure from her practice at the time, Dewe Mathews used moving imagery and sound, rather than still photography, to respond to the dynamic and multi-layered church experience. 

Dewe Mathews said: “I became increasingly interested in the range of spiritual experiences that people were going through on any given Sunday. It’s the fascinating question of how personal experience becomes something else when in a group - a collective experience. How we all influence each other, affect each other and feed off each other. I'm intrigued by congregations as a whole, sometimes performative, other times contemplative but each week a slightly different collective character emerges and it’s more than the sum of its parts.

Congregation was commissioned by Tate Modern and the first screening of the video installation was hosted by Bosse & Baum, a gallery based in an industrial estate on the site of a former church in Peckham. The video footage was projected directly onto the warehouse walls, referencing the building’s history as well as the strong audio visual presence in many of the churches she was working in. The original soundtrack was created by Coby Sey, using recordings made during church services.
 

Deadline: 
12/20/2019

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Fee Detail: 
£150
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Call for art internationally, South East London Exhibition

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Warbling invites international submissions of contemporary art for a carefully curated group exhibition to be held in East Dulwich, London from the 25th February - 7th March 2020. All mediums will be considered for the exhibition including sculpture, installation, video, painting, printmaking, photography and site-specific. 


Titled ‘To all our absent dialogues’, it’s completely up to each artist submitting to come to their own conclusions on how the title might relate or sit nicely alongside their practice. It’s interesting to read different ideas and interpretations of our titles in the submissions form, however, it is not obligatory to do so and often if a work stands out, it can be related in some way to the other works being considered within the exhibition as a whole, from our own perspective.

The exhibition is to be curated by Robyn Graham and will be returning to 155a Gallery in East Dulwich, South East London, a space in which we first made our home in August 2019 for ‘Of course, I haven’t forgotten!’. 155a Gallery is an enticing space that was once a Victorian Bakery, with many subtle characteristics and charms lending itself well to a careful and intimate group show. 155a is also ever becoming more and more engaged with the South East London artist community since opening in November 2018, and we’re very excited to be part of the programme again!

 

Deadline: 
01/10/2020

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£20
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Open call for Spoken Word evening

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​​​​​​'Articulate' and it was developed within the non-profit art gallery, Bermondsey Project Space, to allow for experimental conversation and writing, providing a safe space which is an accessible and welcoming platform for underrepresented people, and to all, addressing topics such as society, culture and politics. 

After a very successful first event we are looking for new performers! 

  • Open call for creatives to perform at Spoken Word evening
  •  Bermondsey Project Space, London (few minutes walk from London Bridge station) 
  •  Event date: January 2020 (date TBC) 
  •  We are interested to hear from (not limited to) spoken word artists, poets, singers, performance artists ...

*Works in any stage of production are welcomed, we are keen to display creative experimental pieces 

Please note that the Bermondsey Project Space is a non-for-profit platform.

 

Deadline: 
01/05/2019

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Call out for 16-25’s: Electric Storm

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Create your own ‘Electric Storm’ on this 5-day residency for adventurous music creators, producers, sound designers and digital artists.

Aimed at women and non-binary people as part of our gender equality programme Both Sides Now, this is a unique opportunity to push your creative boundaries, develop your technical skills and collaborate with like-minded artists. 

This project marks the 50th anniversary of an album called ‘An Electric Storm’ by White Noise, a group which featured Delia Derbyshire, an early pioneer of electronic music. Best known for her iconic realisation of the Dr Who theme tune, Delia produced music way ahead of her time, even after being told by Decca Records in 1957 that the recording studio was “no place for a woman”.

We’re pleased to be working on this project with Delia Derbyshire Day – a Manchester based charity set up to honour Delia’s work and influence on the music landscape. 

What’s involved

Electric Storm will take place between Mon 20-Fri 24 Jan 2020 at Spirit Studios in Manchester.

As part of the project you will:

  • Work collaboratively to create a bold new audio visual work 
  • Learn more about how ‘An Electric Storm’ was produced and delve into the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at The John Rylands Library 
  • Work alongside professional artists Bishi, Caro C and Andrea Pazos
  • Use sound-making technologies to sample, distort and experiment with acoustic instruments
  • Develop skills in using Ableton software and the Push Controller
  • Perform or record your creation – together you’ll decide the best way to showcase your brand new work

Who it’s for

We want to hear from artists from a range of genres, backgrounds and disciplines spanning music, sound and digital art. Your method of creation can be acoustic or electronic, conventional or unconventional, using any form of instrument or gear.

To apply for this particular opportunity you should:

  • Identify as female or non-binary
  • Be aged between 16-25
  • Be based in Greater Manchester or the surrounding areas

“I was introduced to the music of Delia Derbyshire by the radical performance art group Minty, founded by Leigh Bowery, as a teen. Her music has inspired my journey as an artist and I can’t wait to bring elements of my multi-faceted practice into this project.” – Bishi, lead artist

“We are so excited to bring together a collective of bold creative womxn to create a modern electric storm. This is your chance to be bold and daring, and to create something expressive and collaborative inspired by one of the key pioneers of electronic music in the UK. Delia consistently inspires and encourages artists to go beyond their usual ways of working, so we can’t wait to see how her work inspires this time.” – Caro C, lead artist

How to apply

If you’re interested in taking part please complete a short online form* telling us a bit about yourself and why you would like to take part by Mon 16 Dec, 10am.

APPLY HERE

For more information or questions please contact Lucy Scott at lucys@brightersound.com or 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the form in a different format or have difficulty completing the form online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.


This project is made possible by the National Lottery via Arts Council England. With thanks to our funders Help Musicians UK, PRS Foundation, Manchester City Council and GMCA. 

Thank you to Spirit Studios for their support-in-kind on this project.

Deadline: 
12/16/2019
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Call for Artists - Average Art 43 (February 2020)

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Average Art is an industry focused art magazine. Our goal is to draw attention to self representing artists. We are now taking entries for the February edition of Average Art Magazine.

 

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Feature in monthly art magazine

Deadline: 
01/22/2020

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Fee Detail: 
Free
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