Call for entries to “The Spectre of the Real“, an exhibition of social art at SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) in Brighton’s BMECP centre, 5-21 April 2019. Issued by SEAS, 12 Feb 2019.
“When you come to think of it, all forms of representation are ghostly. Works of art are haunted, not only by the ideal forms of which they are imperfect instantiations, but also by what escapes representation.” Mark Fisher, Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014).
“The Real is what any ‘reality’ [or ideological construct] must repress… the Real is an unrepresentable … traumatic void that can only be glimpsed in the fractures and inconsistencies in the … apparent reality.” Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism (2009).
SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) invites artists to propose works for the exhibition.
- Works may be in any art media (painting, photography, sculpture, installation, new media art, sound art and performing arts).
- Work should attempt to represent or comment on hidden structures that govern our everyday life (e.g. the production of art under capitalism, austerity, borders and boundaries); or current affairs, (e.g. Brexit, the rise of the populist right, xenophobia, racism & anti-Semitism, neo-colonialism).
- SEAS is particularly interested in works that depict or comment on everyday life, especially the production of art, under capitalism.
- Submissions are welcome from emerging and mid career artists (18+). Artists from under represented groups and BME Artists are encouraged to submit work.
The show will be curated by the artist and writer Russell Honeyman.
The Spectre of the Real exhibition will take place 5-21 April 2019 at SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon), at the BMECP Centre near Brighton Train Station. The exhibition will include an opening reception and 1-2 artists talks open for free for the public.
SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) was founded in 2016 and became a beacon for social and political art in Brighton and beyond, showing the works of emerging and mid career artists from the UK and abroad. SEAS is located in the BMECP Centre, near Brighton Train Station.
The submission is free of charge but if works are selected artists would be asked to pay £20-£50 (£20small works less than 0.5m2 or 0.3m3, £50 large works). The fees are for the rental of the space, admin, invigilation and PR.
Selected works need to be installed (4-5th April) and de-installed (21st April) by the artist with the help of SEAS volunteers. Artists who live outside the South East if England will be able to send work by post.
Please submit your works via Curator Space or send in ONE PDF including the following:
- Name & contact details
- 100 words biography
- 200 words artist statement including information about the submitted works.
- Up to 5 images or a link to a webpage where the work can be viewed.
- Work name / year / media / size / price (if relevant)
Deadline for application March 20th. Responses will be given by March 25th.
Please send the PDF with the exhibition name + your name in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org