SPRING

Website gabrielcaranafoundation Gabriel Caruana Foundation

OPEN CALL

WHAT’S ALL THIS?
The Gabriel Caruana Foundation is calling emerging contemporary artists/artist collectives based in Malta to submit their interest in showing their work at The Mill as part of our SPRING programme. The Foundation will dedicate a space at The Mill for a 2-week period to the selected artists.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Are you an emerging contemporary artist or artist collective (less than three solo exhibitions?) Are you working on something experimental, or in the contemporary idiom that you wish to show at our art centre? Since January 2021, we are dedicating a space which will feature the work of emerging contemporary artists or an emerging artist group/collective on a monthly basis.

This is an open call for emerging contemporary artists or artist groups/collectives to submit their work. We want to ensure that the work forming part of SPRING is in line with our ethos, aims and artistic vision.

Media

We are willing to engage with emerging contemporary artists with various artistic backgrounds and interests including, but not limited to, film and video work, photography, painting, sculpture, installation art, literature, digital art, sound, new media art and performance-based work such as theatre and fashion.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SUBMIT?
We will be selecting 10 emerging artists or artist collectives/groups based in Malta to feature at The Mill, on our website and social media. To participate in this competitive open rolling call please submit the following by the 21st of February 2021 (second deadline) to [email protected] subject: SPRING CALL:

  • Motivation letter (not more than 1 page) telling us why do you want to be part of this and any particular concept you are currently investigating.
  • 100 word bio (keep it short, direct and real)
  • CV (don’t worry if it is short).
  • Selected works from your portfolio, or even snippets of your work if you do not have one yet! (show us what your work is about).
  • Describe any hidden talents you might have and how you are willing to contribute in running an artist-run space, not more than 500 words (check Voluntary work section below for more details!).

HOW WILL YOU BE SUPPORTED?

Space allocated and duration of exhibition

The Gabriel Caruana Foundation will be providing the selected artists with a space at The Mill free of charge for a maximum of three weeks during 2021.

Team support

The artists or artist groups/collectives will have one or two on site and online meetings with the Curator and Programme Manager of the Gabriel Caruana Foundation at The Mill.

The team, GCF staff and volunteers, will help in the setting up and dismantling of the exhibition. Subject to prior discussions, the Foundation will make available any equipment or tools at its discretion to facilitate the setting up/dismantling and showcasing of the work during the exhibition period.

Marketing

The exhibition will form part of our artistic programming and included on our website and Facebook events.

Social media posts will be dedicated to the selected artists.

A press release and GCF Bulletin will feature the selected artist or artist group/collective and the work.

Appropriate media coverage which may include online, printed and TV.

Sales

Depending on the nature of work exhibited, it will be made available for sale through the Gabriel Caruana Foundation. Each selected artist or artist group/collective has the possibility of selecting another additional work, preferably from the same collection of works. Proceeds from any sale made shall go towards the artist/collective and the Foundation, the latter for fundraising purposes.

The works will be made available for sale for a period of one year, exclusively from the Gabriel Caruana Foundation. Terms and conditions apply and will be subject to an agreement between the artist and the Foundation.

The final work exhibited at The Mill will form part of a yearly postcard collection sold by the GCF for fundraising purposes, sales of such postcards go towards the Foundation to further its objectives.

WHAT CAN YOU GIVE BACK IN RETURN?

In the spirit of artist-run centres and to further the philosophy of exchange we are asking each selected artist or artist group/collective to be part of the Foundation by giving back some of your time and talents. As a non-profit we run on the passion and dedication of the team and volunteers. We are asking for 20 hours of your time (within six months from the closing of the exhibition). You can be involved in the different aspects related to the running of The Mill and the Foundation. From giving workshops, greeting guests, assisting in setting up other exhibitions, proofreading, designing of artwork, documenting exhibitions and archives – there’s always something interesting to do! Let us know how you are willing to contribute!

DEADLINE

This is an open call on a rolling basis, the second deadline for submissions is 21st February 2021, 23:59hrs. Notification of the 2nd round of results (June to September 2021) will be sent by end of March 2021. A selection committee will discuss and select all submissions received.

Send in your application to [email protected] with subject line SPRING CALL. Email attachments should not exceed 15MB. Wetransfer file submissions are accepted.

QUESTIONS?
Feel free to get in touch by sending us an email on [email protected]

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