January always feels like a rather difficult month to instigate and artistic action. The excesses of Christmas last longer than they should; the cold winter air quells any motivation and then there’s the small matter of completing a tax return…
Luckily then, I have been able to take part in a group exhibition without hardly having to lift a finger, all thanks to no less an institution that the University of Chester – the university I graduated at in 2007.
Nice to See You to See You Nice is a group exhibition featuring work from staff, students and alumni from the University of Chester, and is housed at CASC – a fantastic contemporary space in the heart of Chester set up by the University.
My work – Seven Keys – is nestled between over 70 other artists, makers and designers each connected to Chester University. It’s great how the exhibition acts as such a social platform; the opening evening on Friday 24th January was a hive of conversations between Chester University affiliates, each brought together through artistic practice. Perhaps the exhibition will reaffirm some friendships, encourage collaborations or instigate further creative endeavour.
Seven Keys is a series of perfumes about love and lust. Presented are 7 perfumes; only one is a concoction of natural ingredients which represent the virtues of love. The rest comprise of synthetic oils and represent lust.
Seven Keys is a great introduction to the possibilities of perfumery – highlighting that with careful scent design perfume can house narrative and symbolism. The theme also lends itself to valentine’s Day, which is useful as Nice to See You to See You Nice runs until 12th March. The opening hours are Mondays – Tuesdays 10-4; Fridays 12 – 6; Saturdays 10 – 4.
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.
£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 email@example.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!