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Call for Artists, Shatter the Silence around Sexual Violence

Call for Artists

We invite submission from visual artists for:

Shatter the Silence
around Sexual Violence

The exhibition is to be held in the café area of the Quaker Meeting House, school Lane, Liverpool. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates, 1 in 3 women globally will have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. The theme of the exhibition is to incorporate areas around:

  • Rape
  • Sexual Violence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Street harassment
  • Consent
  • Feminist Issues

The exhibition also looking to showcase the work of Reclaim the Night which organises a protest march in late April annually in Liverpool in addition to other cities across the UK.

All work to be wall mounted, we are keen to see more conceptual art forms and 3-dimensional work, but will only be represented in photographic print format. Although the theme is around the area of sexual violence it is to be made clear that the work must be suitable for a café culture environment, many of the customers being of the older generation.

Artworks to be no larger than 60x60cm (A2 maximum), looking to display around 10 to 12 pieces in the space using the hanging system present. It will need to take the form of either box canvas, framed or a print to a medium such as acrylic sheeting, please contact us with any other suggestions as we should be able to incorporate. Artwork can be for sale (minimal commission rates) through contacting the curator though this is not the main purpose of the exhibition. In addition to the exhibition pieces a portfolio to be left explaining the work in greater detail and additional artist information. Marketing for the exhibition to be through flyers, curators blog, Art in Liverpool website in addition to a general press release which will go out to all media contacts.

The exhibition private view is to be held on 24/03/17 for the. Organisations such as RASA (Rape and Sexual Assualt Advice) and Merseyside Women Movement to be invited to attend. The engagement of a spoken word performer that encompasses similar issues within their performance. The reclaim the Night March will take place at the end of April and we will look to promote the exhibition and other activities on this date. Running through to the 21/05/17, the Last Friday being the Light Night, Liverpool’ annual Arts Festival. We are currently in discussion with Open Culture to include the exhibition as part of the festival. Details of any activities to be held on this evening at the early planning stage.

The Quaker Meeting House is an ideal location for this exhibition due to its ongoing work with agencies which take action against domestic violence, such as action aid. Situated in the city centre and beside the Bluecoat Gallery, making it an ideal location.

To submit please send:

  • Images of work
  • Size
  • Price
  • Medium (including details such as framing)
  • Artist statement (Max 1 side of A4)

by the 5 pm 27/02/16