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OPEN CALL for The Rooftop Collective Show: Artists of any discipline invited to present 'response' pieces, to be paired for a spring show in London

written by: Susan J Mumford Jan. 23, 2018 6) BSAA Events, Announcements & Opportunities 3206 views

OPEN CALL for The Rooftop Collective Show: Artists of any discipline invited to present 'response' pieces, to be paired for a spring show in London

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED. 
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ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY: 

The Rooftop Collective is a group of photographers who support and challenge one another in mutual pursuit of ongoing creative and professional development. The Collective started in Susan J Mumford's gallery on the rooftops of Soho back in 2010 (hence the name) and is today powered by Be Smart About Art.

The current group of six Collective Members is presenting a show at The Espacio Gallery from 17th - 22nd April, curated by Anna McNay (see bio below).

While the Collective is comprised of photographers, the group is keen to engage beyond the boundaries of the photographic medium, and has set a course to pursue this in collaboration with artists of other disciplines. Accordingly, each exhibiting Collective Member is set to be paired with a guest artist, which could be YOU!

You're invited to present pieces of any discipline 'in response' to Collective Members (see images below). 

Proposed images are to provide an idea of the types of works that you would like to exhibit. We anticipate artists will also want to create a selection of new pieces specifically for the show, potentially in addition to existing works of art. 

One guest artist will be paired for each of the six exhibiting Collective Members. (Note that as one Collective Member, Toby Deveson, has already been paired - with Annamarie Dzendrowskyj, this leaves FIVE openings for GUEST ARTISTS - potentially YOURSELF!) 


KEY INFORMATION PRIOR TO APPLYING


- Each guest artist will be allocated a total amount of 3.9 metres of wall space (width). This includes spaces between works (however doesn't include nooks and crannies, which will help to provide some extra breathing space as well as curatorial opportunities). 

**Note that your work will be interspersed into the show, in relation to the artist with whom you're 'paired'.**

- The price to participate is £225 (£112.50 upfront and the remaining £112.50 due by 1st April). This covers all exhibition costs except for participating artists' own costs of producing, presenting, delivering and collecting works. 

- All exhibiting artists, including Collective Members and Guest Artists alike, will be invited to attend a meet-up with Anna McNay and Susan J Mumford on Tuesday 6th February from 6.00-8.30pm UK at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London. (Online attendance will be available to any exhibitors not able to attend in person.) 

- Artists of any discipline and location are welcome to apply. 

- DEADLINE TO APPLY: 31st January 2018 (11.59pm)

- Applications will be judged by exhibition curator Anna McNay, with the input of Susan J Mumford on 1st February. Results will be given to ALL applicants on Friday 2nd February 2018. 


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING? 

- You'll have the opportunity of working with well-known independent curator Anna McNay - also a journalist, who will select works to be included in the show. This will be informative for your practice. 

- Pieces created in the lead up to the show will also be informed by Anna's input, including direction provided for the exhibition (based on your proposal). 

- You'll be part of a show that has a succession of events that lead up to the occasion (for which you'll receive complimentary entry, as applicable), including: 

> BSAA visit to the show 'Threesome', curated by Anna McNay, taking place New Art Projects on Friday 23rd Feburary (6.30-8.30pm) - see event
> BSAA visit to the show 'The Sun Beyond the Shadow' at MMX Gallery on Friday 9th March (6.30-8.30pm) - see event
> Panel discussion on 'Collectives' at Cass Art (Islington) on Wednesday 11th April (6.30-9.00pm) - event to be listed (Save the Date!).  

- You'll be included in the promotional campaign (including online and printed materials, which will be led by The Rooftop Collective's Coordinator, with active promotion agreed by all participants, too); 

- You'll receive the support and input of a group of artists in the lead up to the show. 

- Your works will be seen by visitors to the show, which is anticipated to have a good turn-out for events based on the strong 'curatorial' aspect in combination with the group of professionals all promoting, not to mention BSAA's active promotion of the show and associated events. 

- Other possible 'direct' benefits (not guaranteed!): 

> Building your professional network (including future collaborations and projects that result); 
> Growing your mailing / social media lists; 
> Development of your creative practice; 
> Inclusion in arts press / listings; 
> Sales (immediate or as a result); 
> Building your CV; 
> Creation of legacy with exhibition images and footage; 
> Etc.  

WHO SHOULD APPLY? 

- Professional artists who actively exhibit (including working with curators and galleries, if applicable) and are keen to receive curatorial input in combination with peer critique and support. 

WHO SHOULD NOT APPLY? 

- Artists who want everything done for them! Collective exhibitions are collegial in nature, with a view of developing creative practice and career alike. By working together, the individuals benefit :-). 

READY TO APPLY? 

Fantastic! COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. 

Important to Read: 

Your proposal is to include works 'in response' to ONE of the exhibiting photographers (see below). If you want to respond to several different artists, you'll need to submit an application for each one. 

CONTINUE SCROLLING DOWN THIS PAGE to see exhibiting Collective Members, including three example images for each that are representative of what they'll be exhibiting. 

Questions? 

Feel free to reach out! Email Sue King, The Rooftop Collective Coordinator, at savvy@besmartaboutart.com

p.s. Any worries about applying for fear that you won't be accepted? Remember the motto, "Don't try, Don't Get!" 

See the following blog post by our very own Susan J Mumford: In art, as in life - Nothing ventured, nothing gained


SELECTED IMAGES BY EXHIBITING COLLECTIVE MEMBERS AWAITING YOUR RESPONSE PIECES + IDEAS*: 

*Note that you're invited to respond based on what you see here as well as provided links (below each photographer's gallery of three images). Minimal information has been provided with intention! 


CHRIS KING (1 of 5) 

Chris King, HP Tree

Chris King, Answer | Ignore

Chris King, Last Chance - 72823 (Conway - Pope Counties)

See more of Chris's work at ckpho.to 

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GRAHAM MATTHEWS (2 of 5) 


Graham Matthews, Mortality

Graham Matthews, Leprosy

Graham Matthews, Ghost Hand

See more of Grahams work at www.grahammatthewsphotoart.com

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JEREMY JOHNS (3 of 5)

Jeremy Johns, Lighthouse

Jeremy Johns, Lake District (7)


Jeremy Johns, Sky Above the Beach

See more of Jeremy's work via Instagram at @jeremy_johns

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PAUL CLIFFORD (4 of 5)
 

Paul Clifford, Overview 

Paul Clifford, No Escape


Paul Clifford, Eye of the Storm


See more of Paul's work www.paulclifford.com

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TOM OWENS (5 of 5)

Tom Owens, Melton

Tom Owens, Crossing Point 

Tom Owens, Fallen Chesnut

See more of Tom's work www.tomowens.openpoint.co.uk


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COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. 

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ABOUT THE CURATOR: 

Anna McNay is Assistant Editor at Art Quarterly (Art Fund) and a freelance writer and editor.

She comes from an academic background, as a doctoral candidate, tutor, and lecturer in German and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

In 2011, returning to study part-time for an MA in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, she began writing reviews for the online art journal Studio International, for whom she continues to write and present today. She began work with Art Quarterly in March 2017, previously being Deputy Editor for State media and Arts Editor for DIVA magazine. She also writes catalogue essays, reviews, interviews and profiles for various online and print publications, including PhotomonitorRA MagazinePlateaElephant, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian. Some of her writing can be found in her blog archive.

Anna is a member of the NUJ, WiJ and AICA, and is NCTJ certified.