Strong as Steel

 

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Open Call

Strong as Steel will be an art exhibition taking place alongside the Scunthorpe Pride celebrations in August 2024, showcasing the work of contemporary artists who identify as queer.

Taking place at 20-21 and areas around the Pride event, Strong as Steel aims be a multifaceted, interdisciplinary temporary exhibition consisting of invited artists and artists selected from an open call for both emerging and established queer artists – allowing the queer community to showcase their artwork to a wider audience. Strong as Steel aims to increase the visibility of LGBTQIA+ artists, where the gallery acknowledges its power in legitimizing underrepresented groups in the art world, while providing valuable experience to artists in working with galleries and exhibitions.

How to apply

20-21 Visual Arts Centre seeks artists who consider themselves as Queer, for Strong as Steel – a temporary exhibition in and around the central site of Scunthorpe Pride 2024.

When

Coinciding with Scunthorpe Pride on 25 August 2024 (some work may be on display for a longer period between 19 and 31 August).

Where

20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe DN15 6TB, and exterior public areas around the Scunthorpe Pride site at Church Square (adjacent to the 20-21 building).

Who

This exhibition is open to any artists or groups of artists who identify themselves as Queer (LGBTQIA+).

About

Strong as Steel is an art exhibition taking place alongside the Scunthorpe Pride celebrations in August 2024, showcasing the work of contemporary artists who identify as Queer.

Taking place at 20-21 and areas around the Pride event, Strong as Steel aims be a multifaceted, interdisciplinary exhibition consisting of invited artists and artists selected from an open call for both emerging and established queer artists – allowing the queer community to showcase their artwork to a wider audience. Strong as Steel aims to increase the visibility of LGBTQIA+ artists, where the gallery acknowledges its power in legitimizing underrepresented groups in the art world, while providing valuable experience to artists in working with galleries and exhibitions.

How to submit work

Please send an introduction to your work and details (including size and media) of any work you want to include, or new work you want to propose to exhibitions.2021@northlincs.gov.uk

Deadline:

We are unable to accept submissions after 17 June 2024

Further Info/FAQ:

Who is able to apply to be part of Strong as Steel?

Any artist that identifies themselves as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. We want to include work from artist of all levels – from professional artists to first-time exhibitors.

Exhibitors can be based anywhere, however due to costs we will limit international artists to submissions of digital work only. 

What should I submit when I apply?

Really anything and however best gets your work across to us.

You might want to submit details of you work online (such as a website or Instagram page). You might want to submit photographs of a specific existing work we could include? Or say a bit about yourself (1 side A4 max) and/or include and artist’s CV. Please provide as much information as possible (for example the sizes of artworks are always useful!).

We are accepting submissions via email only – please do not submit original works!

Does work have to be ‘Queer Art’ or respond to the title ‘Strong as Steel’?

No – Work can be about anything – and doesn’t have to tackle LGBTQIA+ themes.

What kind of work can I submit?

We’re interested in any medium, this could include painting, sculpture, photography, performance, video, sound and digital work. There may also be the opportunity to make site specific works and/or graffiti.

Please be aware that much of the exhibition will take place in outside spaces, in a potentially very busy festival/event setting – and submitted work should consider this environment.

Is there any fee available?

Unfortunately, we are unable to pay an artist fee for this exhibition. We may have some funding to support making new work specifically for the event, and to pay exhibitors costs installing and delivering work.  

How will the work be displayed?

We are very much being led by the kind of works people submit. We are looking at temporary display options for outside. We also have access to exterior hoardings/wall-space – and may be able to print and display prints and digitally submitted images in this area. We are also looking at options to display different kinds of digital and video work.

When will I hear whether my work is included?

We aim to let artists know if they have been included within three weeks of the submission deadline. If you submit work prior to this deadline we may contact you before the closing date to discuss your submission.