Drawn to Dorset

Drawn to Dorset

Drawn to Dorset: Fifty Drawings will explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary drawing practices. We are looking for work that interrogates the boundaries of what drawing is and can be - drawing in all its possibilities.

This will be presented in the form of a publication and an exhibition at the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, Swanage, in July 2019.

We are pleased to announce our selection panel to include:
Tania Kovats - Artist and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University
Deborah Harty - Artist - Researcher
Tim Knowles - Artist - Curator

The publication will focus on an expanded notion of drawing made in Dorset, of Dorset or about Dorset. It will include written contributions contextualising the selection and reflecting new thinking about drawing, with a foreword by Professor Anita Taylor, Executive Dean of Bath School of Art and Design and founding Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Anita will also be part of the selection panel.

Inclusion price is £250 payable on selection. This is a not for profit publication and the inclusion price is necessary only to cover publication and exhibition costs. There is no submission fee. All selected artists will receive 20 free copies for their own use. The publication will retail at an estimated price of £15, giving the opportunity to recoup £300 if all copies are sold.

NOTES

The reference to drawings made ‘in’, ‘of’, and ‘about’, Dorset ensures the final selection spans the breadth of drawings made from observation, experience and imagination as well as experimental and other interrogative means of exploring stimuli and material interpretations of what drawing is today. In particular, categorising work made ‘in Dorset’ ensures the representation of artist’s whose work doesn’t - at least in any direct way - arise from the place.

THE PUBLICATION

We will be publishing a high standard coffee table style physical book, with drawings on uncoated paper. We plan to print 2,000 copies in approximately a  220x220mm (Case bound) or 235x235mm (soft cover) format, but I must emphasise that the finer details haven’t been finalised as yet. Each selected artist will receive 20 copies free of charge for themselves to either sell at the estimated retail price of £15 or to keep or distribute as a marketing tool as they please.

It will have an ISBN number and barcode and we will get it out in as many local bookshops and galleries as possible, then further afield - as we have with our Making Dorset publication, into specialist retailers, we will also make it available online.

A certain amount will go into relevant local and academic/university libraries.

The design is such that each artist would have a double page spread, with the image to the right and the accompanying statement to the left. All the biographical information will be in the back.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Please submit all written information and images; up to 3MB jpegs are preferable, via email to [email protected] Larger tiff files will be sought for publication if the applicant is successful. Applications sent via post will not be considered, as selection will be done remotely.

Each entrant is invited to submit up to 3 works of either 2D or 3D drawing, with a maximum size limit of 1.5m in any dimension. All entries must be digital, in jpeg format. All entrants must submit an accompanying statement of up to 50 words, which if successful will be published alongside their drawing in the publication, and a biography of up to 50 words, which should make reference to their connection to Dorset.

All selected entrants must commit to paying the £250 entry fee, which should be paid within seven working days of notification and payable via cheque or bank transfer. All selected entrants will automatically be included in the exhibition and publication, of which they will receive 20 free copies.

Video or time-based media can be submitted as 3 video stills, accompanied by 2 videos edited to a preview runtime of 1 minute each. (Please indicate the full runtime of your video in the description of your work). Videos should be uploaded to a password-free hosting site such as Vimeo or Youtube along with a link provided in the required description of your work. Due to the number of submissions, videos protected by passwords cannot be viewed. Artists of interest may be contacted to submit videos of a longer runtime.

Results will be posted online and sent to the emails provided by each applicant.

KEY DATES

Monday 18 March 2019: Deadline for entry

Wednesday 10 April 2019: Entrants notified of selectors' decision

FOR THE EXHIBITION:

Monday 3 July: Delivery of work to Dorset Visual Arts office, Little Keep, Dorchester, 10am - 5pm OR

Wednesday 4 July: Delivery of work to Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston, Swanage, 10am - 12noon

Friday 5 - Wednesday 17 July 2019: Drawn to Dorset: Fifty Drawings Exhibition

Thursday 18 July 2019: Collection of work from Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston, Swanage

DORSET VISUAL ARTS 

Is a charitable organisation for artists, designers and makers living and working in the county. The organisation has an educational remit and develops activities and events that assist artists to bring their work to public attention and to engage the public in a better understanding and appreciation of their work.

It should be made clear that Drawn to Dorset is a Not for Profit publication and the entry fee is asked purely to pay for the publication itself: printing, design fees etc, plus the exhibiition.

Please note that this is not a submission fee and payment will be made only by those selected. There is also the opportunity to recoup your entry fee by selling the 20 copies you are given free at the RRP of £15, equalling £300.

Dorset as a county is increasingly lacking in public exhibiting space. As venues have closed or moved their focus away from the visual arts, exhibiting work becomes ever harder. Our recent move into publications is a response to this.

Download the Terms & Conditions here

Download a print version of the submission form here

 

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