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Open Call to Artists – Alternative Portraits

An Open Call to submit work for an exhibition of Alternative Portraits.

Artists Michael Borkowsky and Sharon Mossbeck present Alternative Portraits, an open call exhibition of non-traditional portraiture to be run at Access Space, Sheffield, from 8th September – 4th October 2017.

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We are looking for artists to submit work to us under the theme of Alternative Portraits. We are particularly interested in the use of new technologies, such as 3D printing and laser cutting, but this is not a requirement. We are looking for work which pushes the boundaries of traditional portraiture, or explores what portraiture can be. Please interpret the theme of the Alternative Portraits as you see fit.

The exhibition will be at Access Space, Sheffield from 8th September – 4th October. The exhibition opening hours will be Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm, and there will be a private view on 8th September from 5.30– 8pm. Everyone welcome.

The deadline for submissions will be Friday 4th August. Applicants will then be notified on Friday 11th August as to whether their application has been successful.

Guidelines for Submitting work

Please follow these guidelines for submitting work. We will only consider applications which follow these guidelines:

  • Artists may only submit one piece of work. (if a work is made up of separate components – e.g a painting made up of 3 canvasses – then we will still deem it to be one piece of work)
  • The piece of work submitted must measure no more than 1 meter across any given width
  • Regretfully, Audio/Visual or performance works cannot be accommodated
  • Please only submit work which is already complete
  • If your work is framed, please ensure that it is string-backed
  • If work has any unusual requirements (e.g. it is particularly heavy or needs hanging in a particular way) please tell of how you would like this to be done
  • We cannot accept applications received after the deadline (4th August)

How to Submit Work

To submit work, please email up to 3 images of the work you want to show to alternativeportraits2017@gmail.com along with the following:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your home town/ city
  • Title of work
  • Materials used
  • Dimensions of the piece
  • Price (if you wish to offer the work for sale)
  • A statement of no more than 100 words (this may be included in the exhibition alongside your work)
  • Date when the work was completed

Hand in Dates

Please note that the venue for handing your work to us is different to the exhibition venue.

If your submission is successful, you will have between 11th August and 2nd September to get your work to us. You may do this by doing one of the following:

  • Posting your work to Exchange Place Studios, Exchange St, Sheffield S2 5SZ
  • Delivering your work in person to reception at Exchange Place Studios, which is open weekdays from 11am – 4pm.
  • We will be present in Exchange Place Studios from 11-4pm on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September if you’d rather hand your work to the organisers in person

When you deliver your work to us, please ensure that it is as specified in the original submission, complete and presented as you wish it to be exhibited and, if framed, ready to hang. We cannot be held responsible for work that gets lost or damaged in the post.

Collection Dates

Please note that the venue for collecting your work from us is different to the exhibition venue.

After the exhibition you can collect your work in person from Exchange Place Studios on either the 6th or 7th October, between 11am and 4pm.

You may also make arrangements for us to post your work back to you. If you wish to do this, we will require the correct postage and packaging costs to be paid to us in advance, and you must allow the expected delivery to be between 7th October – 7th November 2017. You may wish to consider handing us a stamped addressed envelope when initially handing work to us to ensure a quicker return delivery.

Sales

Your work may be up for sale. Access Space don’t take any commission but as a charity ask that, should you wish to donate some of your proceeds from sales to them you may do so, but you’re under no obligation.

 

Thank you and good luck! ~ Michael and Sharon

Road to Athens #7 – New Dionysus

Concluding that inward desires now hark for a return journey, I travel west back to England equipped with all but 1 member of the fragrance family.

Informed by my experiences in Greece and the acquiring of scented knowledge, I compile one last fragrance from of Dionysus. It is redesigned for English audiences with respect, not spite. As such, a votive offering of wine is created, referencing at once Dionysus’ religious and cultural prowess and his capacity for madness.

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New Dionysus constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #6 – The Thrice Tenth Kingdom

Heading north-east and void of all frivolities it becomes apparent that outer desires removed from travel begin to ensue, and I find myself at a crossroads where such longing needs to be extinguished or embraced. 

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The Thrice Tenth Kingdom constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #5 – Narcissus and Echo

Returning to European territory and equipped with the reverence of my experiences the raw and joyous freedom of travel begins to return. Aloof, I venture unknown through complex floral landscapes and, like a frightened deer caught in a net, lose my sense of direction.

My panicked dispositions eventually wane as I rest by a stream. I conclude that arrogance attempted to best the noble virtues of the job in hand. As I gazed at my own reflection I reconvened with my own sense of humility, less I become cursed by vanity.

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Narcissus and Echo constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #4 – The Book of Thoth

Adrift, I forge refuge in what was once known as The Orient and am overcome by desire to consume knowledge. My journey has previously been dictated by chance and, as a means to assume order, enlightenment and fulfilment; I turn to study. As such I build a platform from which to continue; informed and humbled.

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The Book of Thoth constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #3 – Leviathan

Lost within the expanse of the sea; maddened flesh now carrion and hands clenched to the last of my sanity. Yet a light emerges and, consumed with hope, I travel towards it.

What I find is not light, but fire and smoke pouring from the doors of Leviathan’s mouth. A creature formidable in both strength and grace. Nothing on earth could be it’s equal; without fear, without weakness.

Yet it spoke to me with gentle words and in its glistening wake the sea became a pot of ointment. 

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Leviathan constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #2 – The Horned One

Venturing South, through what was once named Gaul, an antlered figure was encountered. The figure spoke of the wealth that exists in nature and the wisdom that can be extracted from the virtues of life. It was a fleeting encounter in which the figure gifted me a purse filled with gold. This somewhat jarred with his assumed position within nature and left me wondering whether the figure I encountered was the God Cernunnos, or another, or both, or neither.

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The Horned One constitutes 1 artefact of 6 that I will display in a group exhibition at Platforms Project 2017 in Athens from 20th – 25th May 2017 alongside other members of Soup Collective International (SCI)

Road to Athens #1 – The Journey

This Friday I embark, with other members of Soup Collective International (SCI), on a journey to Greece to be part of Platforms Project – a 5 day art fair in Athens.

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Platforms Project will be a great opportunity to meet other artists, network, exchange knowledge and perhaps initiate collaborations on an international level. As such, I have ensured a great deal of care and consideration has been afforded to the making of the work I am taking – from concept to execution. Moreover, this is one of only a few arts events this year where my involvement in the overall organisation and running of it is minimal. This has afforded me time to ensure the aesthetics of my work are of high quality – a luxury I can’t always afford!

The work itself references my core creative concerns – chiefly that of utilising scent as a primary means of engagement and perfume as a viable art medium. It details a speculative Grand Tour of Europe that could be embarked on as a means to experience different fragrances. These fragrances are then encapsulated within 6 different ‘artefacts’ and placed on display revealed, experienced and assessed in relation to prior knowledge and cultural appropriation.

It intends to reveal the capacity scent has for metaphor, myth, history and narrative, and highlights how the experience of scent may alter and shift depending on any given location and its associated culture and heritage.

This piece was made specifically for Platforms Project and comprises of 6 different artefacts, which will all be teased online before the piece as a whole is revealed in Athens on Saturday. I can’t wait!

Transitions

Yesterday marked the opening of Transitions – a group exhibition and pop-up shop at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield, that looks at creative processes.

As creative processes can be approached, considered and acted upon in almost countless ways, it stands to reason that the exhibition is very diverse with a wide range of disciplines accounted for. Each artist has offered a window into their processes which enables discussion, illumination and agency while also highlighting the array of skills and talents housed at Exchange Place Studios.

And my own work, which places the craft of perfumery in the context of a museum artifact, also seems well received. Exposing the process of perfume making with such transparency communicates the possibilities of fragrance in an open and direct way. Enabling an informed and frank understanding of the process which maintains the spirit of the exhibition.

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You can catch Transitions from now until 10th May at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield.

Art Sale!

SCI – a collaborative based in Liverpool that I’m part of – are travelling to Athens in May to be part of a group exhibition called Platforms. The exhibition coincides with Documenta 14 and will take place in The Cultural Centre between 20th – 25th May.

As you can imagine, this is an exciting endeavour for us, but it does have cost implications. So, in an effort to raise a little cash, we are placing some of our work in an art sale. This sale will be hosted online from now until 15th May.

This is a fantastic opportunity to own original work at a great price while actively supporting UK artists. Take a look at the link below for the full range of works available; from perfume to sculpture, printmaking to cross-stitch, there’s something for everyone! All prices include postage too.

If you’re interested, contact me on borkowskyart@gmail.com …Here’s the link to the full range of works:

In order to raise funds for a group exhibition in Athens in May we are hosting an art sale both online and through a pop…

Posted by Michael Borkowsky on Sunday, April 9, 2017

 

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