Young Space invites submissions of contemporary visual art for an online exhibition in early 2021! This is an opportunity to submit your work for consideration for a curated virtual show. I’m also very excited to introduce the next co-curator for a Young Space exhibition, Sim Smith, founder of Sim Smith Gallery, London, UK. In a continued effort to make these opportunities more valuable for artists, viewers, and collectors, I’m collaborating with curators, gallerists, and other art world professionals to bring a variety of voices to the table. You can read more about Sim below!
Please read the below information carefully, and bookmark this page for future reference.
How it works (please read carefully!)
Young Space online shows aim to be internationally accessible, 24/7, curated, professional, virtual presentations of exciting contemporary work from around the world. The show is presented in an autonomous presentation on Young Space Views, and is promoted via social media, email list, and additional network/press contacts. Each artist and at least one artwork is highlighted individually on the @yngspc Instagram (111K+ followers, including gallerists, curators, publications, and collectors). On the opening day of the exhibition, posts featuring work from all artists are shared simultaneously on the Instagram account, with additional content shared throughout the run of the show. All entries are considered for additional Young Space opportunities, such as website features or curated projects.
It’s helpful to check out yngspc.com/artists, research artists shown in previous shows at views.yngspc.com/archive, or scroll through the Instagram gallery to get a feel for the varieties and styles of work there, and to get an idea if you think your work aligns with the eclectic Young Space aesthetic. Young Space aims to highlight a diverse range of practices, so all media types are welcome and encouraged! Please note that there is a suggested $20 submission fee, which supports the Young Space grant for early career artists, and Young Space as an independent curatorial platform. This is a “pay what you can” opportunity with a suggested fee of $20 to support Young Space and the Young Space Grant, but with the opportunity to apply for as low as $5.
About the curators:
After years as a private dealer, Sim Smith opened her London gallery in May 2019. Smith supports and promotes artists who are at an emerging stage in their career. The gallery hosts an ambitious programme, currently representing emerging British artists and also working with international artists who have gained a strong reputation in the US or Europe. Many of the gallery shows offer the possibility for artists to exhibit in London for the first time. Smith also supports artists beyond the gallery space, working with private and institutional collections and curating public art projects and off-site exhibitions. She has a keen eye for collaboration and has brought together fine artists, choreographers and musicians for a number of projects. Smith holds degrees in Art History and Italian from University College London, UK and Università Roma Tre, Rome, Italy. On view at the gallery from November 7 – December 17 is a solo presentation of BAFTA-award winning artist and filmmaker Ian Gouldstone in the show BECAUSE BECAUSE BECAUSE BECAUSE BECAUSE. More at sim-smith.com and @simsmith_.
Kate Mothes is founder and curator of Young Space, and co-founder/editor of Dovetail Magazine, with an aim of facilitating connections and opportunities through these combined platforms, in the form of virtual and physical exhibitions, writing and publications, and fostering community via collaborative initiatives. She holds a Masters in Art History, Theory and Display from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelors in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Selected recent curatorial projects in addition to Young Space online exhibitions at views.yngspc.com include Moley Talhaoui: No Native Narrative on Young Space Views (2020); MIRROR EYE in collaboration with Far x Wide at Ortega y Gassett Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2020); Yulia Iosilzon: Paradeisos at Carvalho Park, Brooklyn, NY (2019); Run Straight Through at Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (2019); Wolves by the Road at Assembly House, Leeds, UK (2019); and I Could Go On Forever at PADA Studios, Barreiro, PT (2019). Upcoming exhibitions include group exhibitions with BEERS London, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY as part of Artist Run 2020-21. Read more here.
Please complete both Step 1 and Step 2 below. Your submission will not be considered until both steps have been completed.
Send any questions or concerns you may have via email to email@example.com. All correspondence will be through email only. If you encounter any issues with this form or any other part of the submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
All artists in all career stages of at least 18 years old are eligible to submit work for consideration. Artists whose work has been previously exhibited in any Young Space exhibition or project may reapply with a new body of work AND if it has been at least six months since the previous exhibition. Work submitted must be new within the last two years. There is no limitation on geographic location, theme, or medium. If selected, you may be asked for additional information.
- Deadline to apply: Monday, December 7, 2020, 11:59pm Central Standard Time.
- All artists will be notified of the final decision in late December or early January. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time.
- All selected work will be on display online, January 21-February 7, 2021.
Specifications + Requirements – *updated* please read carefully:
- Artists may submit up to ten (10) distinct pieces of work for consideration.
- Only completed artworks will be considered.
- Images must be of professional quality with good lighting. (These are the images that will represent your work online. “Professional quality” can mean actual professional images, or phone photos if they look professional!)
- Images and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the form below. The form does not support video files. If submitting video/new media work, please attach a still image from each work, then include links to the videos online in the “Notes” field in the form.
- Artwork does not have to be for sale. For work that is for sale, Young Space will handle all sales and related communication. Any sales inquiries made directly to the artist during the course of the exhibition must be directed to Kate Mothes. Work cannot be simultaneously available or publicized for sale elsewhere during the exhibition unless an agreement has been reached between Young Space, the artist, and the gallery to that effect. If the work is currently consigned with another gallery, please be sure there are no conflicts of interest and that the gallery is open to cooperation, especially if the work is exhibited elsewhere during the dates that it is on view with Young Space (physically or online). Work will not be included if it is unavailable for sale because it is “on hold” for future sale, ie. an art fair application. If work is exhibition or publicized for sale elsewhere during the course of the exhibition and this has not been disclosed, Young Space maintains the right to remove the work from the presentation at any time.
- Young Space asks for a 25% commission total on any sales. Please factor in this amount when determining your prices. (We suggest but do not require that artists honor 10% commission of any additional sales made after the closing of the show, directly because of the exhibition.)
- Work is only shipped if sold (as a virtual exhibition, there is no need to ship works otherwise, keeping costs down for all). If sold, artwork may ship internationally. Buyers will be responsible for shipping costs. At the time of sale, Kate will communicate with the artist about the best methods and postage rates for shipment, depending on the size/scale of work, before the sale is confirmed. Artists whose work is included in the exhibition agree, if work sells, to package and ship the work in a professional and safe manner, or have it professionally packaged, and posted promptly at the most economical rate or, to the best of their ability, to the buyers’ preference.
- Submission fee is suggested at $20 but pay what you can (minimum $5; nonrefundable) per artist, regardless of the number or type of works submitted, limit 10.
- Online entry only via website. Credit/debit card via PayPal (at this time, we can only accept PayPal for international transactions). All proceeds from fees cover administrative costs and directly fund Young Space projects and opportunities such as this one. 10% of all proceeds from fees are allocated for the Young Space grant to support individual artists and art workers. Previous grant recipients can be found here. Young Space is totally independent and your support is greatly appreciated!
- File name format: LastName_FirstName_Title.jpeg
- Images must show the exact work you are submitting.
- Images should be a maximum of 3MB each.
- Acceptable image file formats are .jpg/jpeg or .png. No PDFs. (PDFs for text documents are OK.)
- You may submit up to 2 views of each work in addition to the overview image, especially for 3D work, to illustrated different views or angles.
Please follow the 2 steps below:
- Fill out all fields in the entry form. In the Attachments field, upload images of your work along with a brief statement and bio (each 300 words max) and your CV. The statement, bio, and CV may be one document or separate. Click “Submit,” and check for confirmation message, which appears in the submission form box. This is your confirmation of submission; there is no automatic email.
- Click link in confirmation message or at the bottom of page to pay entry fee (suggested $20). You will receive a PayPal receipt via email upon completion.
Your submission will not be considered complete until both steps are complete. Young Space reserves the right to use images of the artwork for publicity and educational purposes in perpetuity, such as a PowerPoint slideshow for university lectures or future opportunity promotion.
Thank you for your interest and support!
Please fill out the following information. By submitting artwork via this call, the artist is agreeing to all terms outlined above.
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