An international touring miniature-portrait exhibition
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
• Individual artist participation must be confirmed by June 30, 2016, via
• Miniature-portraits must be completed by October 31, 2016
• First exhibition: The Cello Factory, London (UK), December 2016
• Second exhibition: Pulchri, The Hague (NL), February 2017
• Third exhibition: Vicenza (Italy), dates tbc (April/beginning of May 2017)
• Collectives and exhibitions to be confirmed: Berlin, Reykjavik (2017)
Dear Members of (your collective’s name),
We are excited to announce the involvement in ‘Personal Relations – an international touring miniature-portrait exhibition’.
The touring exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for European art collectives to
exhibit internationally and to network across borders. The exhibition will open
in London at The Cello Factory, in December 2016, and with Pulchri
confirmed, it will travel to The Hague in February 2017 and continue its
journey throughout Europe.
The aim of the project is the production of a collection of new works no larger than 10x15cm created by artist members of different international artist associations. The final outcome will be an international touring exhibition where the large collection of miniature portraits will attain something far greater than the sum of its parts.
The project is not intended as an exchange but as a unique body of work that grows thanks to the contributions of each artist and organisation collectively. As the miniature-portraits were originally made and often given as a political gift to a king or ambassador, the project also aims to strengthen international bonds on an artistic level.
The artists will be invited to respond to the history of the miniature-portrait and its attempt to capture the identity of the subject to create an intimate dialogue with the viewer. The miniature also echoes the smartphone screen, which has become the natural home of the 21st Century portrait. A total of 150-200 participating artists are expected.
We look forward to be working together with you.
Cristiana Bottigella & Tisna Westerhof
Guidelines for Artists:
– There are no restrictions on the interpretation of ‘portraits’.
– Any technique is accepted (painting, drawing, print-making, textile, video, writing, ceramic, sculpture, photography, sound, collage, etc.)
– 2D work should not exceed 10cm x 15cm (including frames). All forms are accepted (oval, rectangular, circular, etc.)
– Works must be presented ready to hang with 2 mirror plates (one on each side).
– 3D work should not exceed 10cm x 15cm x 10cm and must be presented ready for display wall mounted.
– video based works must be presented with the appropriate digital support (same size restrictions apply)
– All the artworks should come with re-usable protective packaging or padded box, clearly labelled. Bearing in mind travel costs, this should be as small as possible.
– Editions of art works are allowed.
– Work must be clearly labelled at the back with artist’s name, tel. number, email, title (if any), art collective.
– The curators don’t hold responsibility for damage or theft of work during storage, display or collection. Artists should arrange their own insurance if necessary.
– This is a non-profit making art project. We have no involvement in and take no commission on sales of work. Sale transactions should take place between artist and buyer. However, the work cannot be released until the touring of the exhibition is completed.
Participating fee: £25 per artist (to be paid through firstname.lastname@example.org,by June 30, 2016)
Cristiana Bottigella & Tisna Westerhof are a curatorial team, co-founders and directors of hARTslane, an experimental art project space in South East London (www.hartslane). They have curated many successful international art projects, including; ‘Deptford Stories’, ‘Silent Movies’, ‘Greetings from New Cross Gate’ and ‘The Venice Pavilion in London’.