Artist Open Call with PAID Commission


Entry Deadline: Apr. 15

Artichoke Trust, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street
London, ENG E1 6AB
PHONE 020 7650 7611 GMT

We’re inviting artists of all ages to submit a work as part of a ground-breaking public art initiative; to be reproduced at scale and displayed for millions to see in public spaces across the UK.

Our goal is to build a new and ambitious cultural institution without walls, and to generate a national conversation through art about the important questions of our time. Produced by Artichoke and conceived in collaboration with artist Martin Firrell, this initiative is supported by the Out-of-Home* industry.

The theme for the first exhibition is Straight White Male.
– What does it mean to be straight, white and male in 2022?
– How does this statement make you feel? Do you relate in any way with the theme, and if so, what would you like to say about that?
– Alternatively, does the theme sit uneasily with you and how would you wish to challenge it?

We’re inviting artists to respond to the theme, with the aim of commissioning 9 artists working in varying mediums and from diverse backgrounds with widely differing views about the central theme.

Commissioned artists receive:
• A fee of £2,000
• Support from Creative Director and lead artist Martin Firrell
• Support from our exhibition Curator
• An international platform to exhibit your work
• Inclusion in the Digital Programme
• The services of a designer to format your artwork for digital and print
• Costs of production, mounting, and leasing of the advertising spaces
• Photographic documentation of your artwork displayed outdoors
• Scheduled online meet-ups with fellow contributing artists and team
• Participation in online discussion regarding making art for the public realm
• Invitation to exhibition launch (July 2022) including travel and accommodation
• Introduction to appropriate networks to support future exhibitions and showings of your artwork

A wider shortlist of approximately 20-30 artists will also feature in our Digital Programme and their artwork will be showcased on the project website and our digital channels.

Submissions must be proposals for two-dimensional works in any media. This includes, but is not limited to, photography, painting, drawing, text work, prints, mixed media and collage.

To apply, please visit Artichoke’s website, read through our information pack and follow the instructions. For more information, questions and alternative methods of application please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 7650 7611 (Mon – Fri, 10:00 – 18:00)

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