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Pondering Platforms Project

Earlier this month I exhibited at Platforms Project, Athens as part of a group exhibition that looked at the contemplation of our solar system. I, alongside artists Sharon Mossbeck and Alison Whitmore, took 3 planets and interpreted them through our own modes of enquiry with reference to Ancient Greece.

Sharon’s work comprised painting and cross-stitch, Alison’s comprised sculptural and works and I presented 3 perfumes, each representing the Greek gods of Zeus, Kronos and Ouranos.

Platforms Project – which is an art fair – was well attended. It reached 16,000 people and our exhibition was well received. I even managed to sell a thing or two, which is great. There are, however, a few caveats with regard to my own work that should be addressed if I am to learn anything and develop from the experience. You see, after much consideration of how to translate three Greek Gods into a scented experience, I decided ultimately to play it straight – simply designing 3 perfumes that acted as portraits of each God. I assumed that this would result in a clear connection between object and concept and would transcend language barriers.

Ironically, by playing it so straight I exposed just how obtuse the notion of a perfume portrait actually is. While the audience did seem to rather like the scents and visual embellishment on display at a base level, the link between the perfumes and the Greek Gods wasn’t as clear as I thought it would be. It required further explanation, which wasn’t always easy to do due to a combination of a complex concept and the language barrier. (although this is partly my fault – I really ought to learn Greek if I’m going there every year.)

Interestingly, a volunteer who also helped out with Platforms Project last year said that she remembered the scented experience I designed last year and that, while she liked what I did this year, she loved what I did last year, which was essentially a narrative based on the notion of The Grand Tour, which incorporated scent:

So perhaps scented sculptural work designed to tell a story, rather than a straight perfume portrait, would actually be more successful in engaging a wider audience? Or maybe the Greek Gods and the complexities of their narratives would benefit from a different approach to a straight perfume portrait? Perhaps a more careful consideration of why I’m choosing specific scented designs is required, based on the concepts I’m trying to reveal.

Either way, it was once again a pleasure to exhibit at Platforms Project and naturally it was another great chance to visit a beautiful city. But maybe next time I’ll leave the perfume at home.

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.


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 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! 

Travel Perfume

In the midst of setting up my crowdfunding and really cracking on with this perfume lark I have neglected to write a blog about an upcoming group exhibition I will be in as part of SCI. The exhibition will be at ArtMobile, Stockholm, from 24th – 26th April.

I will be using the opportunity to extend my perfume-based exploits. Seeking this time to communicate the idea of how we may use perfume as a tool to instigate our sense of identity in relation to our experiences – Travel, for example, offers the chance to reinvent ourselves, but also accommodates the vulnerabilities associated with being out of our comfort zones. This tension is what I wish to express in the work I will take.

These images – deliberately obscure as not to reveal the work before it’s been exhibited – portray the two pieces of work I will be taking. There will be a chance within the exhibition to talk about the work to an audience. I am looking forward to this, as it will be very valuable to receive feedback for Perfume as Practice to an entirely new audience. I hope they like it!

Here is further news about the exhibition: