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]
Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary
Shape Arts have announced that their annual Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for submissions.
This year’s successful recipient will be awarded £7,000 and a three-month residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate from February to April 2017.
The Bursary provides an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. Previous residencies have been hosted by The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Camden Arts Centre, London and Spike Island, Bristol.
World-renowned sculptor Sir Antony Gormley RA commented:
“Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man – seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable.”
This year, the residency will be held in Turner Contemporary’s Clore Learning Studio, an amazing facility with floor-to-ceiling windows and a view out to the sea. The Clore Learning Studio is a public space and will be open to gallery visitors throughout the residency period.
The residency will also include developing and delivering public-facing activities with Turner Contemporary and Shape and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition.
The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2016. Please see here for details on how to apply for the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2016/17.