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Looking at The Fronteer Open 2018

Over the last month myself and Sharon Mossbeck – under our arts initiative Fronteer – have been busy organising, curating and promoting an open call exhibition and arts prize, entitled The Fronteer Open 2018. Sadly, this has now come to an end, but we hope to be back again next year with slightly amended plans and bigger prizes. Here’s a bit more information about the exhibition and how it all went.

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We had around 550 visitors come through the exhibition, including around 100 visitors to the Private View. If you didn’t make it along to the Awards Evening, and you haven’t yet seen it on social media, our winning artists are:

Professional Winner: Caroline Greyling, One Second in Covent Garden

Amateur Winner: Susan Wright, Contours 2

Student Winner: Charlie Ottaway, Fish and Chips, By the Sea

People’s Choice Winner: Philip Lee, We Are All Wanderers

We were so impressed with the standard of work throughout the exhibition, and we hope that you all consider yourselves as winners for getting into the exhibition out of the more than 120 entries we received.

The feedback has been fantastic, with many visitors coming specially to see the exhibition. Everyone we have spoken to has said that the exhibition was excellent, the standard of work was really high, and the diversity of the work meant that there was something for everyone, so very well done to you all, and thank you for being involved.

We received more than 150 votes in the People’s Choice Award, and people really engaged with the exhibition when they decided to vote. The voting was spread pretty evenly across the exhibition, with every piece of work in the exhibition receiving at least one vote.

For a comprehensive collection of photos, take a look at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FronteerArt/

We cannot wait to deliver more open call opportunities next year!

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Open Call – The Fronteer Open 2018

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This open call has now closed

Fronteer (an arts collaborative initiated by myself and Sharon Mossbeck) presents The Fronteer Open, an open call to submit work for an exhibition at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield from November 19th – December 2nd 2018. With the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to £200.

Artists are free to submit a piece of work on any theme they wish, which will then be separated into the following categories; Amateur, Professional and Student. Artists will be responsible for choosing which category they feel they belong to, with a prize of £100 for the winning artist in each category. There will also be a People’s Choice audience vote, with the work that receives the most votes being awarded a prize.

The open call is open to all artists except for staff and volunteers working at 35 Chapel Walk, who are unfortunately exempt.

The open call is free to enter, and artists are invited to submit one piece of work for consideration. Work can be 2D or sculptural, and can be no larger than 75cm across any one side. Unfortunately, we cannot accept video or audio works.

If successful, your work will be subject to a £15 charge, which 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. Fronteer will put buyers in touch with artists to make arrangements for payment, although work must remain in the exhibition for its duration.

The deadline for submissions is 10pm on Friday 12th October and successful artists will be notified by email on Friday 19th October.

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 or bank transfer by 16th November, or in cash if you are delivering work by hand.

If successful, your work must reach us by no later than Friday 16th November. The exhibition will be held at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield between 19th November and 3rd December. There will be an open evening, which will incorporate prize giving, on Friday 30th November.

After the exhibition, artists will be responsible for the return of their work. Artists can collect their own work from Chapel Walk on 3rd December, or from Exchange Place Studios on either 7th or 8th December. You can also arrange for your work to returned by post at your own cost. Please allow up to 2 months (3rd February 2019) following the exhibition for the return of work.

We do not have the facilities to store work, and any work which has not been collected, or had arrangements made for return postage after 2 months (3rdFebruary) will be disposed of.

Prizes

£400 worth of prizes will be given away to artists during the exhibition, and will be broken down as follows:

  • £100 for Best Amateur
  • £100 for Best Student
  • £100 for Best Professional
  • £100 People’s Choice Award

This means there is a maximum prize amount of £200 available if an artist wins both their category, and the People’s Choice Award. Prizes for Best Amateur, Best Student and Best Professional works will be decided by a judging panel consisting of Fronteer founders Michael Borkowsky and Sharon Mossbeck, along with a representative from Chapel Walk. The People’s Choice Award will be voted for by the audience over the course of the exhibition, up until the open evening.

How to Submit

Artists are invited to submit ONE piece of work.  

Work can be 2D or sculptural. Unfortunately, we cannot accept video or audio works. Works which require hanging must be ready to hang with mirror plates or picture wire already attached.

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

  • Your name
  • Your category (Professional, Amateur or Student)
  • Title of the piece
  • Dimensions of the piece (remember; the piece can be no bigger than 75cm across any one side, inclusive of frames and mounts.)
  • If your work will be offered for sale, and if so, what price.
  • Up to 100 words about your work (this text will not be exhibited as part of the exhibition)

All work must be complete at the time of submission. Any work which varies from the original piece submitted will be rejected. Work should fit the specifications outlined. If you wish to submit a print, it will be your responsibility to print it off before posting it to us.

Thank you and good luck! 


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! 


Open Call to Artists – Alternative Portraits

The deadline for this open call has now closed. 

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

Exhibition Opportunity – Food Labels at the Ready!

EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY. I am going to be in a group show in Athens in May as part of a group exhibition called Platforms.

In an effort to raise funds we are calling out to artists to exhibit small works to be part of the show. We are charging everyone £5, and your work must be made on a food or drinks label.

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‘Revolutin’ By Alan Dunn is an example of the kind of work we’ve received so far. 

Your work can be any subject and take any form, and must be presented unframed and unmounted. It must also fit within the frame of the label. You can basically do anything you want as long as you’ve used a food or drinks label as the surface of the work!

It can for sale (please keep it under 100 euros) and the deadline for entries is 10th April. If you want to be involved, let me know by contacting borkowskyart@gmail.com

Thank you!


Forthcoming Exhibition Opportunity – Alternative Portraits

Myself and Sharon Mossbeck are preparing an Open Call to artists on the theme of Alternative Portraits.

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Alternative Portraits will be an exhibition of non-traditional portraiture. It could be figurative or non-figurative. We are looking for work which pushes the boundaries of traditional portraiture, or explores what portraiture can be. We are particularly interested in the use of new technology, including 3D printing and laser cutting, although all formats will be given the same consideration.


Artists may submit one piece of work each. We will consider any 2D or 3D works. We regret that we cannot consider audio visual or performance works.


The call for work will be going out in the coming months, and the exhibition itself will be in Sheffield during Summer 2017. Keep an eye out for more information, or email alternativeportraits2017@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.

 


Reflecting on Sun and Moon

Last Wednesday saw the opening of Sun and Moon – an open call group exhibition intended as both a celebration of and investigation into Pokemon!

7 artists are represented, each displaying their own insight into their perceptions of the franchise. There is a very diverse range of work on offer considering the theme is so niche.

As an organiser of the exhibition, it’s been a very relaxing and trouble free experience and I’d like to thank Mugen Tea House for being so accommodating.

My own work for the exhibition sees me take items from Pokemon Sun and Moon and re-imagine them as real life objects. Including a Burn Heal that takes  cues from 1950’s sun tan commercials, an Energy Root in the guise of a health food and Sacred Ash, which has been afforded religious contexts.

You can catch (lol) Sun and Moon Tuesday-Saturday at Mugen Tea House, The Hide, Sheffield until 3rd November. They offer fantastic tea and cake too, so it’s well worth a visit!


Sun and Moon – An Open Call Exhibition Celebrating Pokémon

This open call is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted!

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An Open Call exhibition celebrating all things Pokémon.

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            ‘Pikachu, Still’ (2016, Acrylic on canvas)

In celebration of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, along with the arrival of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Sheffield based artists Michael Borkowsky and Damien Fisher are hosting a Pokémon themed open call exhibition at Mugen Teahouse, Sheffield, from 23rd November – 2nd December 2016. This is in line with Pokémon Sun and Moon’s release in the UK, which is on 23rd November.

Pokémon has been captivating and delighting audiences for 20 years this year. But beyond its cute façade lies a myriad of complexities: From themes of identity, travel, nature and relationships, to the implications of collecting, exploring and reaching a common goal, it seems that the narratives that exist within Pokémon can be applied to any art form.

So, with that in mind, our open call exhibition is looking to assess Pokémon from a contemporary art platform and will examine how the experiences within it can be pulled from their original context for further contemplation.

We’re looking for art work that extends our experience and knowledge of Pokémon beyond the realms of fan art and exposes how the themes within the franchise are applicable to our own lives.

Our exhibition will be a fun and intriguing celebration of Pokémon that might just alter people’s expectations of what Pokémon can be! We will be running events alongside the exhibition at the venue and there will be an opening event. Details will follow in due course.

If you’d like to be involved, get in touch! We’re looking for artists of any discipline, background or ability to submit work.

How to Submit

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces of work and all work must be no bigger than 1m in any given direction.

To submit work, please send an email to pokemonsheffield2016@gmail.com with the following:

  • Your name
  • Title of the piece(s)
  • Dimensions of the piece(s)
  • Up to 3 JPEG images of any given piece.
  • Price (if appropriate)
  • A statement of up to 100 words (if desired – this may be included as wall text in the exhibition)

If the work you intend to submit is performance based, we will accommodate you in allotted times over the course of the exhibition.

People wanting to submit Audio/visual work must bring their own equipment (TV, tablet etc.). There will be a limit to how many pieces of work of this nature we can accommodate. The exhibition will be manned at all times, but equipment will be left at your own risk. Artists may want to consider having their own insurance for their work.

If your work needs to be printed out then it is your responsibility to do so.

Venue

Mugen Tearooms is a specialist café and arts venue at The Hide, Scotland Street, Sheffield S3 7AA. Opening times are: 10-6, Tuesday – Friday; 10:30-4:30 Saturday.

The venue may be open at other times for special events over the course of the exhibition. Details of this will follow.

Dates

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 6th November at 11pm. Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been successful or not on Monday 7th November.

If your submission is successful, you will be notified of hand in and collection dates.

…Best of luck, Pokémon masters!

© 2016 Pokémon. © 1995–2016 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. Pokémon, Pokémon character names, are trademarks of Nintendo


The First Steps Toward Unity

For my exhibition piece for Unity I am going to utilise this first aid box.

My piece will provide individuals with immediate sources of inspiration, which they may use to trigger their own creative actions and establish connections with each other. Placing such objects in a first aid box also gives them immediate context –  symbolising the therapeutic properties of art and suggesting that art can position itself as a healing, bonding force in turbulent times.

For information about how you yourself can submit work to Unity – an open call exhibition devised by myself and Sharon Mossbeck, then click here.


Time for Brexit-Based Creative Action!

Right, enough of the Brexit hangover. Time for action!

Me and fellow artist Sharon Mossbeck are preparing an open call exhibition under the theme of UNITY. Exact times are TBC but it will be at Exchange Place Studios mid/late August. Everyone will be invited to submit work and pretty much all work will be included as long as the theme of UNITY is present. Whether you voted in or out, the fact is we are in this together, so lets seek constructive ways of uniting.