June 20, 2020
In times where our lives seem on the edge most of us take refuge in something where they can express their inner self, and nobody does that with more passion and struggle than artists. The aim of this exhibition is simple - to express our "Inner World" to the world, to show our commitment during the greatest single challenge of our generation and to prove that we are not "less" than the generations of great artists before us.
Everyone of us has been at a point in life where we had to endure, endure the lack of support, the lack of understanding from people around us particularly the ones close to us, criticism and the notorious line - "why don’t you get a real job?"
Yet in these times where we face deadly pandemics and challenges all around, the creators are badly affected and nobody wants to support arts because artists are not "critical workers"... Is that so?!
No it’s not! In 80 years when people will walk in a museum and see a work done in 2020, they won’t remember anything about any pandemic or struggles and rightly so, the good things always survive and transcend time.
If we visit the National Gallery in Washington and see Picasso’s Still Life from 1918 will we think about the 1918 Spanish flu? Most of us won’t, we will think how passionately they worked in those times, how great it was, how famous they’ve become.
The aim of this exhibition is simple - to express our "Inner World" to the world, to show our commitment during the greatest single challenge of our generation and to prove that we are not "less" than the generations of great artists before us.
To apply for Inner World exhibition simply send us 3 images of your work (3 separate works), Title_ Size_ Medium_ Price and a short bio, no more than 150 words.
Eligible media but not limited to: painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, installation, performance, video, print.
Important Note: The artworks should not exceed 150/150 centimetres.
The open call will be open from 11 May 2020 until 20 June 2020.
Selection of the artist will be done in 2 steps:
1. Throughout the open call we will preselect a group of artists to go in the final phase.
2. Once the open call is closed a group of 3 judges will select 15 artists that will participate in the exhibition.
THE JUDGE PANEL.
Our judge panel for this opportunity is one of the best ones we had. Tabish Khan who is involved with everything that means art in London who is also an editor for @londonist_com with a social media following of more then 1,2 million people. Carolina Pastore who works and curates for well established art galleries and museums all around London and abroad and Constantin who established himself in the London art scene not just as a reputable artist but also with direct involvement in some of the greatest freelance shows.
1. Tabish Khan- art critic.
Tabish Khan is an art critic specialising in London's art scene, covering contemporary and historical exhibitions. He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year covering everything from the major blockbusters to the emerging art scene. Tabish has been visual arts editor for Londonist since 2013. He is also a regular contributor for FAD with a weekly top exhibitions to see in London and a column called 'What's wrong with art'. Tabish is a trustee of ArtCan, a non-profit arts organisation that supports artists through profile raising activities and exhibitions.
2. Carolina Pastore- independent curator.
Carolina Pastore works as Gallery & Graphics Assistant at BEERS London, and as a freelance 3D Rendering Artist and Graphic Designer for design studios and art galleries around London. She is also collaborating on different projects as an emerging Independent Curator.
Carolina holds a BA in Interior & Exhibition Design from IED Rome and an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum.
3. Constantin- visual artist.
Constantin is a London-based contemporary artist, moving in the field of figurative and pop art.
Constantin is depicting reality in a way that is pushing the viewer to reconsider the values that have been set in our society, such as, amongst others, the standard idea of what is considered to be beautiful, our sexuality, religion, and social behaviour. He deconstructs the human figure and creates a dialogue between opposing ideas, by producing artworks that are “sweet” and “shocking” simultaneously, and by exploring the gap between “reality” and “dream”.
To apply for for Inner World open call is free of charge, only the preselected artists will be required to pay a small non refundable fee of £15 (a PayPal invoice will follow after the confirmation).
On 22nd June the judge panel will select the 15 winners and on 23rd June we will officially announce them.
The selected 15 will be required to deliver their works on 7th July between 11 am and 6 pm at the following address: 41- 71 Commercial Road, E1 1LA - 5th floor, studio 501.
Our chosen spot for this exhibition is in the heart of London - Aldgate Studios, 41 - 71 Commercial Road, E1 1LA.
About Aldgate Studios.
Aldgate studios it’s a community of creatives in the heart of London, variating from film makers to visual artist, collector groups and so on, Aldgate studios is one of the most cosmopolitan place in London at the moment.
The exhibition will run from 10th to 17th July with a private view on 10th July - 6 to 9 pm (if social distance is still applicable we will be conducting pre-booked tours of 3 to 5 people during the whole period of the exhibition). Make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram page - we will post some of our favourites along the way.
Artist from what countries are eligible to apply? - artist of any country and any background can apply.
Can the work be shipped? - yes the work can be shipped to us.
If I pay the £15 will I be guaranteed to participate? - no, you will be one of the preselected artists that qualifies for the judge panned- the judge panel will select 15 artists out of all submissions.
Good luck to you all!