Outside In Artists Call Out

Call out information for interventions of artworks to respond to ‘Signs’ in Compton Verney’s Folk Art Collection. Works chosen will exhibit Friday 20 March 2020 – 3 January 2021.

Outside In are working with Compton Verney to develop interaction and support to artists in the Midlands. The Midlands Hub launching in March 2020, will offer artists resident in the region, opportunities to engage with Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park through Outside In’s artist development programme, exciting exhibitions and training through the Step Up programme.

The Folk Art Collection

Compton Verney’s unique Folk Art collection was formed by Hungarian émigré art dealer Andras Kalman in the second half of the last century and includes a huge variety of objects and paintings made by people with no formal training as artists but who were making use of their innate abilities or skills acquired as part of their trade or training. Some of the artists in the collection were house painters, carriage painters, ship painters or apprenticed as carvers.

 About the theme

 For this open call we are looking for different ‘ways of communicating a message.’

 In the Folk Art Collection there are many different signs including, weather-vane signs, pub signs, street signs, shop signs, indoor and outdoor signs. These are painted and framed or carved and textiles or objects.

A sign can indicate or point to something being identified but there is also a language implicit in signing, it evokes a memory or response, is hidden or obvious or specific to attract a certain group of people. We find signs in the everyday and these signs connect us to a place or territory; they can be humorous, playful or serious like a warning, they can direct a journey or convey information. Signs communicate a message.

What we are looking for

‘Signs’ is an opportunity for Outside In artists who are based in Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country, Coventry or Warwickshire. We are inviting artists to interpret their own idea of a sign whilst communicating a message. We are looking for up to 10 artworks that will display alongside the existing Folk Art Collection from Friday 20 March 2020 – 3 January 2021.

Artwork can be in any form, for example painting, drawing, photography or other materials but will need to be 2-D and no more than A0 in size (84 x 118 cms) and must be able to be hung or fixed to a wall.

Artists can submit up to three artworks to be considered by a panel of selectors from Outside In and Compton Verney, who will be rating the artworks anonymously.

The selectors will be rating the artwork by looking at questions which will include: ‘Does the artwork relate to the theme?’ ‘Can this artwork be fixed to a wall?’ ‘Is it interesting?’ ‘Does it work well in the space?’

How to apply

  • Please send us a link to your Outside In online gallery with the text from your artist statement
  • 3 images of the work you wish to submit as jpegs.
  • You will also need to supply titles of the artworks, dimensions in centimetres and a description of each piece.

Please email submissions with ‘Signs Interventions’ in the subject line to:

Download a Submissions Form

Application deadline is: 12 noon Monday 24 February 2020.

If you have further questions or would like this information in any other format, have support requirements or need assistance then please contact José Forrest-Tennant Outside In Midlands Coordinator on
07496 997 333 or Jose.Forrest-Tennant@outsidein.org.uk

If selected, you will need to drop off artworks by 12pm, Friday 6 March 2020. at Artspace, 4th Floor Eaton House, Coventry CV1 2FJ.

If you would like further information about the exhibition space or Folk Art Collection please contact Annelise Hone at Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park.

For press queries please contact Matthew Forbes-Dale, Communications Coordinator on 01243 770828 or email Matthew.Forbes-Dale@outsidein.org.uk

About Outside In

Outside In, founded in 2006 at Pallant House, Chichester, aims to provide artists with the support and confidence they need to enter the art world. The organisation’s work covers three main areas: artist development, exhibitions and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities and educating organisations.

Since its inception, the organisation has engaged with more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, reached a quarter of a million audience members and gained more than 80 partner organisations nationally. It has held more than 50 exhibitions to date and now provides opportunities and support for more than 2,600 artists. In the next three years the charity will work to create a national platform to support the delivery of its programmes. It will do this through working in partnership with key strategic arts organisations across the UK to act as hubs of activity and support.

About Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park is an award-winning gallery, based in a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion amidst 120 acres of Grade II-listed Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown parkland in Warwickshire.  With six permanent collection (Naples, Northern European Art 1450-1650, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art & The Marx-Lambert Collection) and a schedule of thought-provoking changing exhibitions and events, it is an Arts Council England accredited museum, and a registered charity.

Compton Verney has a long history of working with Outside In, including staging an exhibition in 2014, and from 2019, becoming the base of the first regional office and programme.

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