Bath's Fringe Visual Arts Festival - Friday May 27 to Sunday June 12, 2011 


FAB is Bath‟s only annual visual arts festival and we are looking for artists to submit work to the following shows. 

This year we are very proud to say we will be running our first arts prize „The Real Bath Prize‟ open to anyone to interpret the wonderful city of Bath in an original way. 

We actively promote and celebrate contemporary art in the Bath area and beyond, showcasing early career artists and curators, and those who find it difficult to break into (or prefer to operate outside of) the gallery based art scene. FAB frequently uses “alternative”, temporary exhibition spaces - anything from street corners, shops and shopping centres to front rooms and cafes. We are a not for profit organisation and receive little funding, relying on enthusiastic volunteers to enable us to put on each year‟s programme of shows and events. 

Our call out for 2011 includes 

1. Open invite for group shows- Exhibition/Event 

2. FAB art fair- Event makers/crafts /selling 

3. The Collective all media welcome 

4. Universals all media welcome 

5. Where do we go to be healed all media welcome 

6. We Live in Public‟ all media welcome 

7. Heart of Darkness all media welcome 

8. The Real Art prize all media welcome 

9. The annual FAB photo-marathon- Event/Exhibition 

10. FAB Social Open call Film/Photography/Video works/Performance Art\ painting\ drawing 

11. Call for Festival stewards 



Performance, intervention, installation, multimedia and video work through to photography, drawing, painting and sculpture.

We are taking submissions from artist groups who have work of a high standard that they wish to show.

Please provide us with a statement of no more than 500 words and examples of work (or past works if it’s a new project).

To make a submission please email



The FAB Art Fair


Calling all contemporary creative artists, crafts-people and makers to exhibit work as part of The FAB Art Fair. We are looking for a diverse, innovative, fresh and  interesting collection of artworks ready to sell in this year’s unique one-day outdoor event! Previous exhibitors have sold: paintings, ceramics, textiles, prints, sculptures, paper products, knitwear and much more! There will be a relaxed Sunday vibe, with bars, live music, street performers among other things.

Please send details and images of your work by post or email to register your interest


There is no deadline for this opportunity.


The Collective

‘The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloguing, displaying, storing and maintaining items of interest to the collector’.

‘The Collective’ are calling for paraphernalia, ephemera, everyday obsessions, objects, images, archives, curios and repetitions. The exhibition will explore how artists and non-artists translate ‘stuff’ to become art or non-art.

To make a submission please email




We are looking for projects that take their starting point from the idea of a collection, and who seek to exploit this within a contemporary practice.

Work from any medium is accepted (sculpture, photography, printmaking, moving image). However the work must, be original and a collection of your own making.

This will sit alongside another exhibition that seeks to take a personal collection, and re-contextualise it. Ideas can explore ideas of collections themselves, or use the collection as a spring board for further conceptual development.

All submissions must include:

• Proposal for the exhibition. (500 words max)

• CD with examples of your work.

• CV/artist statement.

For more information please email: olly@oliverudy.co.uk

To make a submission please email



Where do we go to be healed?


Developed and Curated by Antony Mottershead and Melissa Hinkin.

Where do we go to be healed? is a project devised as part of Fringe Arts Bath 2011, inspired by the legacy of the Roman baths the aim is to question our collective ideas surrounding the notion of healing and remedy.

An online Blog will go live in the New Year. Here you will be able to share your thoughts, words, photographs, video, music, anything which conveys your ideas of healing. This project will be presented during FAB 2011 in a printed catalogue format, edited by Antony and Melissa.


To make a submission please email



We Live in Public


Invites expressions of interest from artists whose work responds to our culture of ever-increasing surveillance, particularly that with a tongue-in-cheek approach. In the wake of 9/11 and Big Brother, with Google Street View at our fingertips, surely we are all peeping toms? Painting, photography, sculpture, installation and site-specific work considered.

To make a submission please email



Heart of Darkness


This exhibition aims to explore the various forms of darkness that may be encountered regarding some thing, act, or event that one has witnessed or been involved in. Potential artists should send a summary and explanation of the work they intend to exhibit. Images of the work, or previous work, would be appreciated.

To make a submission please email



 The REAL Bath Prize


This art competition is your chance to help create a picture of the REAL Bath, not just Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey – this is about the places that the real people of Bath live, work and play in – the little places, the ugly places, the neglected places even the, dare we say it, modern places.

When you enter the REAL Bath Prize you will be allocated your location from which to create your masterpiece. Who knows, it could be ‘The Railway Arches behind Esso on Lower Bristol Road’, ‘Bath Police Station, Manvers Street’, ‘The Ex DHSS building, St James Street West’ or ‘The Sports Centre’? One thing is for certain it won’t be a part of Bath you are used to seeing on a picture postcard.

For more information please email


This competition closes 31st March 2011


Bath Photomarathon 2011

The Bath Photomarathon 2011 now in film and digital! That’s right, it’s back, building on the success of last year’s event — the challenge is laid down again! 

This year a little different as we will be accepting both digital and film challengers the results will be exhibited during the FAB fortnight. You will have ten hours and twenty themes to illustrate. So join us on a psychogeographical ramble through the streets of Bath, this is open to any one who likes taking photographs: professional, amateur, young or old. Do it in a group or alone, it’s up to you. You need to be in Bath on the day, but it’s open to people outside the city. 

This year’s date is 30th April 2011, 10am start somewhere in Bath There is a £8 per entry admin fee to cover costs (for £8 you get a film/printing ready for exhibition)

To register interest, stating if you will be using digital or film, please email


There is no deadline for this opportunity.


 Open Call Out

Are you a performance artist or do you have a film you would like to show?

2011 will see the return of the FAB social, a night of curated chaos featuring the best performance, short films, projection and intervention. Send us details of what you would like to do; the floor is yours for one night only!

There is no deadline for this opportunity.

To make a submission please email



 Festival stewards

We need your help to steward events and show. We can’t guarantee you will be paid, but the reward will be, being part of something special.

To register interest please email


How to apply 

Read the requirements after each call out it is free to submit work and proposals, if you are selected then there will be a £10 administration charge per artist (this charge does not apply to event 2,8,9,11), this will go towards publicity and other cost incurred during the festival. FABi s a voluntary not for profit organisation, and a company limited by guarantee. 


send images as .Jpg and text as Word or PDF files 

or send your submission by post please make sure you included an SAE if you would like your work sent back 

by post :- 

(project title) 

Fringe Arts Bath (FAB) 

103 Walcot St, 

Bath BA1 5BW 

ph. 07967745351 

email fringeartsbath@ymail.com 

The deadline will be Friday 20th of February 2011 

for all projects unless specified 

next years dates are Friday May 27 to Sunday June 12 2011 

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