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Open Call for an Exhibition in Athens – ‘Stars’

This open call has now ended.

Fronteer presents Stars, an open call to submit work for an exhibition in Athens, Greece in May 2018.

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Fronteer is an arts initiative hosted by myself and artist Sharon Mossbeck that seeks to provide creative opportunities and events both nationally and internationally.

We are asking artists to submit artwork based on the theme of stars for an exhibition at Platforms Project 18 in Athens. The exhibition will house work created by Fronteer artists based on the solar system alongside stars created by artists successful in this open call. You may interpret the theme of stars however you wish, but do bear in mind we’re looking for work to complement Fronteer’s solar system work.

For Stars we are looking for small scale works (no bigger than 25cm across any one side.) The open call is free to enter, and artists are invited to submit one piece of work for consideration. If successful, your work will be subject to a £15 charge to cover transportation and exhibition costs, as well as return postage after the exhibition. To reiterate, the £15 charge will apply only if your work is selected. Work must already be complete at the time of submission.

Work can be offered for sale at the exhibition if you wish and no commission will be charged for sales.

Because the works will be carried with us to Athens, each piece must be:

  • Flat
  • Sturdy enough to survive the journey (all works will be carefully packaged)
  • Light weight
  • Made of materials and substances which are suitable to be transported to Europe
  • Unframed and finished to a standard high enough to be exhibited

The deadline for submissions is 10pm on Friday 30th March and successful artists will be notified by email on Friday 6th April.

If successful you will be invited to send or deliver your work to Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield UK, where Fronteer is based. The £15 can be paid via Paypal, bank transfer or in cash if you are delivering work by hand. If successful, your work and full payment must reach us by no later than 4thMay.

The exhibition will be held at Athens School of Fine Arts from 17th – 20thMay 2018.

Unsold works will be returned to artists by no later than 20th July, unless other arrangements have been made for collection. Basic 2nd class postage costs are covered by the £15 fee. If you wish for work to be returned by other means an extra fee may apply.

How to Submit

Artists are invited to submit ONE piece of work.  

To submit work, please email no more than 3 images of your work to fronteerart@gmail.com along with the following:

  • your name
  • title of the piece
  • dimensions of the piece
  • weight of work if it is made of heavier materials (e.g. it is not on paper)
  • if it will be offered for sale, and if so, what price in Euros
  • up to 100 words about your work (this text will not be exhibited as part of the exhibition)
  • How the work should be hung (e.g. Velcro strips, nails etc.)

All work must be complete at the time of submission. Any work which varies from the original piece submitted may be rejected. Work should fit the specifications outlined below.

Don’t forget, work must be:

  • Flat (2D)
  • Sturdy enough to survive the journey (all works will be carefully packaged)
  • Light weight
  • Made of materials and substances which are suitable to be transported to Europe
  • Unframed and finished to a standard high enough to be exhibited
  • Based on the theme of stars

What you get for your money

Fronteer Arts understands that creative opportunities can often be hindered by financial barriers. We try to be transparent and price our open calls reasonably to ensure our costs are covered while providing viable opportunities for artists. Fees are not charged for organisers to make a profit. As such, here is a breakdown of where your £15 goes.

For your £15 you get:

  • Your work in a group exhibition, which last year was attended by over 8000 visitors, including celebrities, dignitaries, politicians and international artists, and curators.
  • Invigilation of your work
  • Transport of work to and from Athens
  • No commission on sales
  • Work returned to you via Royal Mail 2nd Class

And don’t forget, there is no fee for submitting a piece – the fee will only apply if you are successful.

Thank you and good luck! 

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2018 Ambitions – Launching ‘Scents of our Time’

One of my ambitions in 2018 is to launch and exhibit ‘Scents of our Time’ – a body of work that that uses scent and candle making to explore social and political issues. Each candle will be a comment on a particular current event and I’d hope to cover a variety of topics. The aim is to reveal the capacity scent has for narrative, expression and contemplation. I have made 5 so far, and the issues covered include Brexit, climate change and terrorism. I’m currently looking for potential venues to exhibit this body of work, so if anyone knows of any suitable venues let me know!

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Scents of Our Time #2 – Fields of Wheat

All the fun and frolics of the outdoors without the indignity of displeasing any farmers, Fields of Wheat lets you unleash your naughty side with the earthy, heartening aroma of cut grass, pine needle and carrot seed. Perfect for when entertaining a politically-charged dinner party.

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Scents of Our Time is an ongoing series of work that explores the capacity scent has for social, moral and political commentary in relation to everyday life.


Things Are Finally Starting to Happen!

in January, armed with a multitude of ideas and a copious supply of acrylic paint, I moved to Sheffield. Seven months later, and I can say with some authority that it is the best thing I ever did. Indeed, a word of advice to emerging artists struggling to find a voice in their current environment – move. If you move, everything is instantly brand new, exciting and engaging. You are removed from the confines and comfort of your previous situation and develop professionally as you network, negotiate and engage with new people and unfamiliar territories. Best of all, you will arrive to your new environment with no preconceptions, allowing you to re-invent yourself, start afresh or allow a wider audience to regard your practice.

After the initial process of finding my feet, getting a job and initiating my artistic practice in a new place, I began to get more noticed. Email correspondence with artists and galleries is now commonplace and I have even been able to negotiate an exhibition of my work, along with two workshop classes – which will give people the opportunity to make paints of their own.

So, I thought I’d share with you further details of my forthcoming exhibition and my workshops, which you can become involved in:

  • Paint Making Workshop – Cupola Gallery – 1st September 2013

Giving people the opportunity to create their own paints out of food and to understand the processes of producing paint from scratch. This is a one day workshop, from 10 til 3, with an hour break for a lunch which will be provided. There are 8 places available costing £35. I believe two places are already taken, so you’ll have to be quick! more details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/310944582373524/?fref=ts

  • Paint Making Workshop – Bank Street Arts – 28th September 2013

Giving people the opportunity to create their own paints out of food and to understand the processes of producing paint from scratch. This is an all day workshop and there are 8 places available costing £30. Lunch will not be provided for this one, alas! If you wish to book a place, then please contact me on borkowskyart@gmail.com or call 07792971646.

  • Exhibition – ‘Material as Practice – Creating Paint From Food’ – Forum Cafe Bar – 12th August til 23rd September. 

My exhibition at Forum Cafe Bar, Sheffield, will contain over 20 photographs of the paints I create. You can find more information here: http://www.forumsheffield.co.uk/art/comingup/michael-borkowsky. I am also hosting a launch night for this event. Details of which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/424716190975013/?fref=ts.

So, there we are, I hope there is something about my forthcoming activities that interests you, or at the very least, doesn’t bore you to death. And, if you’re in the Sheffield area in August or September, why not come and see the things I’m up to for yourself?