SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 31, 2019
Step 1: Review the application guidelines below. Step 2: Develop and write your application and gather your work sample.Step 3: Apply through the Online Application Form.Step 4: Email your supporting application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line “Open Call Submission”.
Filmmakers Note: Filmmakers must complete application AND submit film via Film Freeway._____
Be sure to read through all of the guidelines, including how to prepare your work sample, before submitting your application.
Artists will be notified the status of their application by July 2019. Please do not call. If you have any questions, contact Qinfolk at email@example.com .
• Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) identified artists and creators.
• Emerging and under-represented artists are eligible to apply. We define emerging contextually: artists are emerging, or under-represented, who have great potential but have yet to be significantly recognized. Recognition includes exhibitions, critical reviews, fellowships, awards, publications, etc.
• Artists who have a current practice making work in an ongoing dialogue in the contemporary arts are eligible to apply.
Qinfolk ExhibitionsWhile we accept submissions that include an array of ideas and practices, we try best to align with proposals that fit our mission. Though your proposal does not need to satisfy all of the following, we are committed to:
• Centering work for and by QTPOC
• Presenting the work of emerging and under-represented identities.
• Proposals that push artistic practice in new and interesting directions.
• Subjects, styles, and approaches that are not well represented in commercial spaces or otherwise difficult to exhibit elsewhere.
• Proposals that consider the nuances and limited space of Qinfolk’s pop-up galleries. Thoughtful, uncluttered, and adaptable installations.. Exceptions are made when the artistic vision requires otherwise.
Online Application Form
In the Online Application Form, we will ask for:
• Contact Information
• Artist Bio (limit 200 words): Provide a brief bio highlighting career accomplishments including relevant education, awards, residencies, exhibitions, publications, etc. If you are applying as a collaborative, the bio should demonstrate a history of collaboration where it can.
• Artist Resume(s) (PDF or Word): If you are applying as a collaborative, include one single document containing resumes of all of the artists and a history of collaboration where possible [SEND VIA EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
• Proposed Title of Exhibition
• Exhibition Proposal: Concept (limit 200 words): Provide a general description of the exhibition and its concept. You can include relevant parts of your artist statement here.
• Exhibition Proposal: Relevance (limit 200 words): State why this exhibition is relevant to the Qinfolk mission and is important to your body of work, the creative field, and/or other themes, topics, or issues. You can include why you might be excited by the opportunity here.
• Exhibition Proposal: Artwork (limit 200 words): Include a brief description of the work samples and how they relate to the exhibition and its concept.
• Work Sample: Follow guidelines below.
• Work Sample Description (optional, limit 200 words): Provide any contextual or technical information related to your work sample.
• Notes to the Jury (optional, limit 50 words): Provide any brief notes you’d like to present to the jury that was not captured in the application. (Can be emailed)
Work Sample Guidelines [SEND VIA EMAIL TO: email@example.com ] The Work Sample is a critical element of your application, and it should show the best of your work. Ideally, your work sample should represent the work of your proposed exhibition.
Otherwise, your work sample should represent works that are comparable to the work that will be featured in the exhibition.
All submitted work samples should be documentation of your work. You should not submit PowerPoints, trailers, or any other promotional materials of your work. The work sample should be representative of the work itself.
You can submit up to two (2) images and up to three (2) video/audio files. Video/audio work samples should be for work that is time-based and/or in video format.
Digital Images [SEND VIA EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org ]Before uploading files to the Online Application Form, you must save them on your computer in the following format: LastName-FirstName-#.jpg. For collaboratives, use the primary contact Last Name and First Name. For example:
• Submit up to two (2) JPG images.
• Additional images should be consolidated into one page PDF and emailed to email@example.com
• Files must be saved as jpegs, 800 pixels in the longest dimension, at 72 dpi.
• Each image filename must be saved as LastName-FirstName-#.jpg.
• During the selection process, images will be projected and viewed one at a time.
• Captions should include: Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions.
• Prints, slides, catalogs, original artwork, and other materials will not be accepted.
FILM MAKERS: Submit your work via Film Freeway [https://filmfreeway.com/QinfolkFestival]
Provide weblink addresses audio clips hosted by a third party (i.e. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). Be sure that weblinks are active for at least four months after the deadline. Provide passwords for password-protected videos. Each clip will be reviewed up to three (3) minutes by the jury.
• Submit up to three (2) video/audio clips.
• Indicate the cue time if your video is over three (3) minutes long (i.e. start at 0:00 or 1:30).
• Start times for each clip should begin a segment that best represents your work.
• During the selection process, videos will be projected.
• Provide passwords to password-protected videos if applicable.
• Captions should include: Title, Year, Original Format, Original Running Time.
Additional InformationWhile there are many elements that contribute to a successful exhibition, the components that are critical in the proposal evaluation process include:
• The Artwork: Artwork should be strong and compelling. The work should be cohesive and demonstrate a feasibility to realize the proposal.
• The Proposal: Proposals should be clear and specific. Avoid using jargon. Write about your work and concepts using specific language.
• Follow the guidelines and demonstrate that your proposal is feasible to mount. Proposals that are incomplete, late, or do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.
• Finally, please note that a strong work sample is as important as a strong proposal statement. The strongest applications demonstrate a consistency in the concept and artistic vision both written in the proposal and shown through the work sample.