The Press Room invites artists to explore the concept of the press, the media and communication.
The Press Room seeks expression of interest from all types of Printmakers, including Digital Printmakers, who are keen to experiment and collaborate in a live artwork taking place at Bath's Visual Arts Festival, Fringe Arts Bath, May- June 2017.
The Press Room is also open to receiving submissions from artists wishing to to exhibit only (See Additional opportunities, below)
The Press Room is also interested in expressions of interest from artists or writers with an interest in propaganda, mass media, and the history of the Printing Press.
Media will be produced rapidly and collaboratively, mixing media and content. Media produced could include posters, pamphlets, and leaflets.
The work will be generated live by the artists and methods will be devised by the artists once grouped.
Artists are asked to consider utilising contemporary news and cultural stories, coupled with cultural references to the history of the printing press in the distribution of ideas, ideology, news and propaganda (and where the distinction lies between these) since the time of the invention of the printing press.
The output will reflect the mixed messages of the media, both underground and mainstream; highlighting the difficulty of knowing the facts in an age of over-saturation.
The intention is that visitors to the exhibition will be able to watch the The Press Room in action as the artists work.
The artists are asked to consider the production of multiples. Part of the concept of The Press Room is the distribution of ideas. For this reason, means of cheaply reproducing work is hoped to be made available as part of The Press Room Equipment, so that work can be handed out to visitors to the exhibition, or in the streets outside the venue.
It is also intended that work will be displayed within the venue, as an exhibition that changes and evolves daily as work is produced.
Selected artists (apart from exhibit only artists - see below) will be expected to work within The Press Room on at least three days during the festival ( these can be full or half days as required). Within this framework, artists can request the number of days and which days they will be present ( subject to a rota being drawn up and venue capacity). The Press Room would prefer that artists are able to take part on as many days as possible, however understands other commitments may prevail!
- Examples or links to of relevant work.
- A brief written or visual response to the brief for the exhibition.
- Your full contact details (including email address & mobile phone number).