Working in collaboration with Craftspace, Radical Craft combines Outside In's fourth triennial open art exhibition and Craftspace's touring exhibitions programme, which reflects developments in craft. The exhibition will showcase UK creativity by artists facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability or social circumstance, and who have submitted their work through the Outside In website. The works selected through this open call out will be displayed alongside pieces by historically renowned and invited contemporary outsider and self-taught artists. This major exhibition will launch at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, the home of Outside In, from 12 March – 12 June 2016, and will be followed by a national tour.
Twenty artists will be chosen by a selection panel which will include representatives from Outside In, Craftspace, an Outside In Award Winner, a craft maker, a representative from the Outsider Art sector and Laura Hamilton, co-curator of Radical Craft. From the works selected to appear in the exhibition, a judge will choose one overall Award Winner to receive a solo show at Pallant House Gallery at a later date.
Submissions for the open callout are invited from UK based artists whose work is three or two dimensional and centres around craft processes. The term ‘craft’ covers a huge variety of things including: ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, leather, mechanical objects, metalwork, mixed media, textiles and forms of making linked to folk traditions. Materials used can include fabric, metal, clay, wood, paper, mixed media, found and recycled materials. Craft can be used to describe work that focus on materials, processes and the handmade; or perhaps work that unites technical skill and imagination resulting in a physical object. We would welcome submissions from anyone who considers their work to be a form of craft.
Please note that paintings, drawings, photographs and prints are not eligible for submission.
How to submit work:
Submitting work is free. To enter, applicants must create a profile on an online gallery via the Outside In website. Each artist is able to submit up to three works for selection and as the works will be looked at online, the quality of the photograph uploaded is very important. Information required includes images, titles of works, dimensions and a description of each piece.
Outside In will be holding a nationwide series of Surgery Days to assist any artists who do not have the skills or facilities to upload and submit their work online. These will take place in Summer 2015. For more information please click here.
The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 30 October 2015.
Image: Kate Bradbury, Detail of the Dervishes, Figure 1