The Shape Open is an annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme.
Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces such as Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, Portobello Gallery, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects and our own pop-up galleries, The Open provides a space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.
This year’s theme is ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’. How do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability? To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? Where do art, disability and politics meet? How powerful are disabled people?
Works submitted to the exhibition should explore, conceptually, abstractly or literally, ideas on the theme ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’ and contribute to a discourse around disability, art and power. Artists are invited to submit work in 2D, 3D, video or sound form. Any artist can apply to our call for submissions and exhibitors will be selected by a panel of arts industry judges, including Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.
To apply to show your work in the open, click here. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Monday 3 October 2016.
We will soon be announcing the Open’s location. For more information or to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Isabella on 020 7424 7330 (voice) or at [email protected]