Open Call – Paralympics Exhibition
The exhibition is the final part of a research project which aims to explore the mediatisation of the Paralympics in the public eye and how these views influence our understanding of disability.
We are looking for artists to create responses to themes in the research which will form a public art exhibition in June 2019 at Asia House, London. Asia House is located near Oxford Circus and Regents Street W1G 7LP.
We are open to all forms of art, one piece of art per artist to be submitted. A fee of £2,000 per artist to cover time and materials will be paid to artists chosen to take part in the exhibition.
The exhibition will aim to make an important contribution to public awareness of disability and seek to highlight voices of people with disabilities.
You can find out more about the research project via http://pasccal.com
For further details about the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Submission Process
We ask each artist to submit an idea of how they would interpret one of the themes from the research. Some of the themes include:
Spectacle – of watching the Paralympics – Paralympics as a form of entertainment, reinforced ideas, existing hierarchies of disability.
Political – correctness, polite, distancing & discomfort when talking about disability from the public.
Attempts – to ‘make sense’ of disability – media representation of disability and para-sports within the context of other marginalised groups i.e. gender, race and sexuality
Lack – of public awareness of specific sports e.g. boccia and goalball as well as other sporting competitions for varying disabilities.
Emotional – backstory/narratives to Paralympians – explaining their disability, the acquired disability.
Please produce a short description of what your idea would be and how it is related to the research theme. A short description of the art work should include: size of work, form of art (2d, 3d, film, installation), you may also ask will the art work be interactive? (participatory). If a performance piece, include length of performance, location in space, how & where will the audience watch?
All the ideas from each artist will be submitted to a selection panel at the University of Bath for the beginning of February. We are looking for eight to twelve artists for the exhibition in total.
Please send your idea and a brief description by January 31st if you would like to be involved. Please email or phone if you struggle to meet this deadline for idea submission.
Feel free to contact Kerrie O’Connell if you have any questions on 07951603992