Saturday, 30 June 2012

National Museum Wales-The Landing Commission

In July 2011, the National Museum of Art for Wales was launched at National Museum Cardiff with the opening of six new spaces for the display of modern and contemporary art. Within the new contemporary art galleries is a stairwell and landing space which links the lower and upper galleries. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales plans to commission a new temporary work for this space, which will form part of an ongoing programme of commissions on the landing to coincide with the annual collection display changes. Submissions are encouraged from artists who work in any media.
Artists living or working in Wales or who would like to work in a Welsh context are encouraged to apply.
The selected artist will receive a fee of £3,500 for the commission. An additional budget of approximately £6,500 will be available for the production and installation of the work.

For more information and an application form follow this link  or email

Deadline for applications: 14 September 2012

Friday, 29 June 2012

Artist Residency at CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) have an opportunity for artists working in film, photography or digital media to work with CAT for 12 months engaging with its research projects and community of staff. The residency will coincide with the 'Emergence' Land-journey and Art Summit planned for the 1st-8th September.

The Centre for Alternative Technology based in Machynlleth, Powys, are concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life. They are looking for an artist whose practice reflects an interest in sustainable futures, who is keen to draw upon the resources of CAT and to enter into a dialogue with the public. Committed to engagement with the arts, CAT hope to provide a platform for new projects that can help shift attitudes on how we think about the future.

CAT will provide a studio space, payment of £24,000 in four installments, and access to CAT's ongoing research projects.

More details of how to apply can be found here.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Awards & Bursaries Open for Entries

Now in its fourth year, the Celeste Prize is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists of various disciplines. Closing date for entries is 31 July 2012.
You can enter works into these prize categories:
Painting & Graphics Prize €4,000
Photography & Digital Graphics Prize €4,000
Video & Animation Prize €4,000
Live Media & Installation Prize €4,000
Curator's Choice Prize €3,500
Public's Choice Prize €500

The UK call for Aberystwyth Arts Centre Residencies are now open. The centre offer artists a period, usually 3 months to conduct  research and develop their work, with accommodation and studio space provided during the residency. Their website has all the information on how to apply and also shows work by current and previous artists in residence.
The deadline to apply is 3 August 2012.

The British Journal of Photography's International Photography award is now open for applications. The award has no set theme and submissions are invited from any photographic style or genre.
There are two seperate categories for submission, one for singular images and the other for a series of works. Photographers can enter both categories if they like, and are invited to enter more than one series to win a printed exhibition at Foto8 Gallery in London. The deadline is 15 September 2012.
BJP Article

The 1000 Word Photography Award offers the chance for a photographer born or based in the EU to realise a new body of work under the supervision of high-profile photographers and industry experts.
Entries are now being accepted with a £25 fee and a closing date of 23 July 2012.

The 1000 Words Award includes:
• £1,000 cash prize
• 18 month mentorship programme
• 3 workshops with Jeffrey Silverthorne, Antoine d’Agata and a Magnum photographer in London, Marseille and Seville respectively, including financial assistance with accommodation and travel
• Travelling group exhibition through the UK, France, Spain and Italy
• Catalogue and DVD
• Feature in 1000 Words Photography Magazine.

The Hinterlands presents talks with photographers Brenda Ann Kenneally & Robert Knoth

From the same people that organise the fantastic residential photographic immersion workshops in Devon (of which there are still the last few places available for this Summer's round starting on 24th June), The Hinterlands present a touring series of talks and discussion surrounding this years workshop leader, Brenda Ann Kenneally of the USA and Netherlands-based photographer Robert Knoth, coming to Bristol on Thursday 12th July.

The talks will provide an deeper insight into the work of these two photographers, their perspectives, motives and their practice over the past two decades, which questions and celebrates the role of love in the face of pressing and desperate socio-political issues including effects of the trade of Heroin from Afghanistan and how the current economic climate is accelerating social change and poverty throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Signed copies of Knoth's work Poppy and Kenneally's out of print Money-Power-Respect will be available to purchase and plenty of time for discussion throughout the evening.

Talks Schedule:
10th July 2012 - Foto8 Gallery - London - 6.30pm
Address. 1-5 Honduras Street, London EC1Y 0TH Tel. 020 7253 8801
Tickets £10
Available from

11th July 2012 - White Cloth Gallery - Leeds - 6.30pm
Address. Aire Street Leeds LS1 4HT Tel. 0113 218 192
Tickets £10/ £8concessions
Available from

12th July 2012 - Instant Coffees - Bristol - 6.30pm
Address. The Island, Bridewell St, Bristol, BS1 2LE
Tickets £6 Adv/ £7.50 on the door

For more information about the talks and The Hinterlands projects and workshops visit
Or contact Rebecca or Mike directly on /

Friday, 15 June 2012


Applications are open for this years FreshFaced+WildEyed, an excellent opportunity for recent photography graduates to get their work seen, and possibly shown at The Photographers Gallery.

Now in its fifth year, The Photographers Gallery presents FreshFaced+WildEyed, a showcase for recent graduates from across the UK. Following an online application, selected finalists will have their work exhibited at The Photographers Gallery and online. For the first time this year, finalists will also be offered a 12 month mentorship program, which gives them the opportunity to work with a mentor whose profession/ creative background is relevant to their practice.

The 2012 judges are
Bridget Coaker: Co-founder of Troika Editions and a Picture Editor at The Guardian
Clare Grafik: Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers' Gallery
Anthony Luvera: artist, writer and lecturer
Karen Newman: Curator, Open Eye Gallery

The finalists will have their work shown at The Photographers’ Gallery, London from 15th – 30th September 2012, and online at

For more information on how to apply, visit the website here.
All applications must be submitted through the website by 18.00, Monday 2 July 2012

The work of last years finalists can be seen here

Friday, 8 June 2012

Exhibition at OSR Projects: Nothing Ever Happens

Open: 15 June - 8 July 2012
Launch Party: Thursday 14 June 6-9pm

BUS SERVICE to the launch party departs from G39 at 4pm returning by 11.30pm / £8 each - please contact Nia on for more information or to book a seat.

Nia Metcalfe, Cardiff-based curator and co-director of Elbow Room, presents 'Nothing Ever Happens' for OSR Projects in West Coker, Somerset. The exhibition brings together the work of three artists, each with very different practices and approaches but all referencing some kind of liminal, elemental state or space. With a dream-like reflection of the world around us into the gallery space, they perhaps hint at our dislocation from the landscape, or from our origin and our attempts to understand, categorise and control it. Running throughout is an inherent simplistic beauty - the beauty of landscape, natural form and material.

Interdisciplinary in its nature, Metcalfe's selection for this exhibition combines digital technologies with ideas and practices referencing the pace and aesthetics of the Arts and Craft movement; featuring video pieces by Sheffield-based artist, Michael Day, photographic collage and wall-scapes interpreting walks taken by Dafydd Fortt, alongside Ellie Doney's sculptural forms in ceramics and glass. This exhibition asks us to consider 'man's' search for meaning in nature, life-cycles and ideologies attached to the natural landscape, with underlying allusions to the human predisposition of expectation, control and failure. 

The Old School Room is an artist run studio and project space providing a platform for exhibition, collaboration and creative exploration.
The Old School Room
Church Street
West Coker
BA22 9BD
01935 862201

Opening Times:
Thursday - Saturday / 11am-5pm
Sunday / 12-4pm

Nearest train stations: Yeovil Junction or Crewkerne - see their site for more transport info.

More information about the exhibition, the artists and the curator can be found on the OSR Projects site.

Image: (c) Ellie Doney,
from the ‘Applied Dreaming’ series.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

TANT hosts publishing collective Bandrolsüz

This weekend, TANT will host Istanbul-based publishing collective Bandrolsüz in a book sale at The Printhaus Cardiff.

Bandrolsüz - meaning without a tax certificate - is a collective of 5 independent publication houses Bakkal Press, folio, Onagöre, REC Collective and Too Many Books who got together in February 2011.

Bandrolsüz aims to create possibilities for sale and distribution of artists' books and reproductions. During the times when electronic publications and magazines start to take over the printed medium, Bandrolsuz creates a space, away from large distribution companies and chain bookstores, where the book is considered as a location and a channel.

Tonight's collaboration with TANT is the first time that these publications have been available in Wales. Go and have a browse!

8-9 June 2012 | Reception on Friday 18:00-21:00 | Open on Saturday 12:00-17:00