OPEN 2017 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Friday 7 Apr, 2017
OPEN 2017 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition 2017 “I must down to the seas again”.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sun 21 May, midnight.
EXHIBITION DATES: Sat 29 Jul – Fri 22 Sep 2017.
PREVIEW & PRIZE GIVING: Sat 29 Jul, 6 – 8pm.
PRIZE: Solo exhibition in the West Gallery in 2019.
To apply please CLICK HERE to download application form & guidelines.
£20 Submission fee to enter. Entrants must be 18 yrs or over.
Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition is back! We’re inviting emerging and established artists to submit works in any medium to be apart of our Summer OPEN Exhibition this year, titled and themed “I must down to the seas again”. Borrowed from John Masefield’s original 1902 ‘Sea Fever’ poem*, we’re looking for sea and marine inspired works that reflect our love, fear, and curiosity about the sea.
Selected marine-based works and artefacts from the Isle of Wight Council Heritage Service collection will also be displayed in the OPEN Exhibition. Through teaming up with the Isle of Wight Heritage Service, we aim to reveal a wonderful array of works inspired by the Island’s coastline and provide stories and narratives on the Island’s maritime heritage, which will act as an intervention and forge relationships with contemporary works in the gallery.
“The Isle of Wight Heritage Service is excited to provide a selection of historic maritime artefacts and images for the Quay Arts Summer Open Exhibition. As an Island, our museum collections and archives reflect our rich and diverse connections with the sea. Our collections tell stories of the lives of Islanders through themes of work, leisure and sometimes tragedy. We relish opportunities to get our collections seen in new and innovative environments and look forward to comparing the new with the old”. Corina Westwood, Curator of Human History, Isle of Wight Heritage Service.
The OPEN Exhibition dovetails the Isle of Wight Festival of The Sea and Shipwreck Isle this summer. One artist will be selected from the OPEN Exhibition 2017 for a solo exhibition at Quay Arts in the West Gallery in 2019. A full programme of live events will accompany this exhibition as well as a school’s response show in the gallery. Previous OPEN Exhibition winners include artists Joanna Kori (2015 – OPEN), Holly Cade & Liz Sterry (2013 – OPEN ‘Duet’), Katayoun Dowlatshahi (2010/11 – OPEN), and Julian Rowe (2008 – OPEN ‘Location’).
Quay Arts continues to support the development and display of new work by contemporary visual artists and present work of national and international interest. It is through our OPEN Exhibitions we’re able to discover new talent and provide a platform for visual artists that wish to share their work with the world.
*Please note: “I must down to the seas again” phrase is taken from John Masefield’s original ‘Sea Fever’ poem which was first published in 1902. The text was later changed to the more commonly used “I must go down to the sea again” in 1923 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt-Water_Poems_and_Ballads