Two weeks left to submit to FaB19

Image © Sinan Helfenstein, Unsplash
Image © Sinan Helfenstein, Unsplash, part of 'Creature', a Collaborative Songbook, curated by Mob-Handed Press for #FaB19 

Two weeks to submit:
call-out to Artists for FaB Festival
24 May to 9 June 2019

Inviting Artists and Creatives to respond to the exhibition and event proposals below. These will come together as the Fringe Arts Bath 2019 Festival program. Also see info for groups & collectives below.

Submission is free and deadline is 17 March 2019 for all exhibitions, unless otherwise specified. Please read 'how do I submit?' for details.
Still of performance: Love and Death at Walcot Chapel, curated by Geoff Dunlop for #FaB15

GIFs, memes and emojis are the visual language of our digital presence.
.GIF will explore the fertile negotiations between contemporary art and the aesthetic of our online occupation. 
Artists and performers are invited to submit work for exhibition or inclusion in the live launch event. Click for info
21st Century Neanderthal

21st Century Neanderthal is a research into today’s online dating world seen through artists’ eyes, mixed with every day’s righteousness and immorality. It challenges and exposes these online experiences through art, which are sometimes easier to understand if they are put into art form. Click for info
36 Exposures

Exploring found photography and work using found & salvaged photographic materials as new resources, celebrating the physical and analogue in a digital world. As the objects of image-making become scarcer we seek work that preserves these materials and looks at them in new ways. Click for info
A Sonic Bath

Sensory experience of the sonic environment can be enhanced by the use of sound vibration to activate the entire body through the skin, through muscles and through bones to create an immersive experience. A sonic bath is the epithet for frequency vibration intended to wash over the audience as they quietly meander through the gallery space. Click for info
'Creature', a Collaborative Songbook

Issue Three of Mob-Handed Press examines the word ‘Creature’ in all its forms. A collaborative songbook is a communication between artist and audience, an exploration of how people visualise the music that they write and perform. It is an engagement with both ideas of theme and musical composition. Click for info

In an era of individualism, internal division and separatism, as states pull out of co-operative institutions for peace and ecological development, collaboration is a revolutionary act. Challenge the traditional artist ego and engage in a creative space where ‘ideas are animals’, control blends into shared authorship and participants are agents of change. Bring materials, a starting point and each day undo and redo, involving whoever is in the space each day. Click for info
Deviation Street

Inviting artists of differing disciplines to explore the notion of the Street as a platform encompassing 3 different elements which are interwoven: The traditional notion of the Street. The Smart Street. The Street as a site for the unseen and the unknown. Click for info

Do you have a fascination with something others might at first deem to be dull? We are looking for artists in all disciplines who notice and perceive things in ordinary and everyday places, things, materials or situations that other people overlook, to produce engaging work that challenges preconceptions. Click for info

“Altars and shrines are external representations of interior mysteries memories” I would like to invite artists to respond to the broad sentiment underpinning the theme, 'Enshrine'. The one rule that is imposed on the artists is to ensure that the shrines are portable. The work can be all about the frame i.e the exterior of the shrine or it could be about what is enshrined within. Click for info
Fantastic and Strange

Looking for artists of any discipline whose work reflects Fantastic and Strange: work which falters between the odd and the beautiful, extravagant yet awkward. Art and ideas that explores the weird and the wonderful. Please apply with images of your work plus written explanation all on one single page document. Click for info

Hidden - will showcase work that throws light on the unseen and intangible. Life is subject to unseen forces. Some we accept without proof, others such as emotions or time, are strongly felt. Showing what cannot be seen and making the invisible manifest is central to this exhibition. Click for info
Size Matters

A big exhibition of diminutive artworks! Size Matters invites artists to produce works that measure precisely 5cm squared, cubed or prismatic, or multiples thereof. No matter the subject that the artist engages with, Size Matters aims to encourage the artist to consider the impact of scale on their work. Click for info

From Lucian Freud’s obsessive dissection, Tracy Emin’s biographical, Egon Scheilie’s narcissistic exploration, Donald Rodney’s physical metaphors, and Martha Rosler’s role deconstruction, we invite artists to make work in response to the word, idea and expression of ’SELF’. Whether a personal exploration or an objective discussion, we are looking for submissions from artists of all materials and methods. Self-portraiture, conceptual, performance, video, abstract, etc. Click for info
Social Sculpture and the Cause (That) Lies In the Future

The co-curated strand will offer a forum for contemporary practitioners investigating social sculpture as an approach to art today. Social sculpture was an approach formulated by artist Joseph Beuys who claimed “Everyone is an artist”, everyone can shape society. As climate change and crises of capitalism loom large, the value of social sculpture will be considered through expanded engagements. Click for info
This woman’s work

Within this exhibition, we explore the idea of a ‘female’ aesthetic: might there be such a thing and, if so, what might it look like, what form might it take? Would it present as a heightened feminine; would it be a political statement; would it infer the domestic; might it include motherhood and specifically female bodily functions? And could a ‘female’ aesthetic be adopted as a playful and openly liberating force? Click for info
Telling Spaces

The call is to sound artists, small theatre companies, or individuals, who will work with spaces around Bath to highlight, modify, inform, challenge, or intensify the experience of being in a space of their choosing. This is about drawing attention to sound culture. Click for info
The Workshop

The Workshop Once machines were our slaves, but as technology becomes more sophisticated and subtle in its applications the power dynamic has shifted. Do mobile phones become extensions of our personality? Is our relationship with social media an unhealthy addiction and are machines trying to take over and make humans redundant? Click for info
Submissions from Groups & Collectives, performance and event proposals

Inviting artist groups & collectives with work of a high standard that they wish to show, as well as event & performance submissions. Submit up to 500 words with images of the work (or past works if it’s a new project):
Image © Anna Smith, Above and Below, from The Bath Open Art Prize 2018
Bath Open Art Prize, deadline 26 April 2019

Artists working in all mediums are invited to enter, selected works will be shown at 44ad artspace during FaB 2019. Prizes include £250 cash, £100 cash to be awarded by judges Sandra Porter, Artist, and Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum. The People's Choice wins £50 art vouchers and a solo exhibition will be offered by 44ad.

Entry fees: £20 for 1 artwork, £30 for up to 3 artworks. All proceeds go towards producing the exhibition, and supporting production of Fringe Arts Bath Festival. Find out more & submit here:
The FaB Photomarathon in the background, & a few FaB volunteers 
No deadline for the following opportunities
FaB Photomarathon
4th May 2019

You have 20 themes to illustrate, in the right order, in 10 hours. Do you accept the challenge? Open to all who like taking photographs, the results will be exhibited during FaB Festival. £10 entry / £5 conc. For info and to register visit
FaB Art Market
2nd June 2019

Calling contemporary artists, crafts-people and makers to exhibit and sell work at our outdoor market. Welcoming diverse, innovative, fresh artworks with a relaxed Sunday vibe and street performers.
£20 per stall, no deadline:

Join the team! We're always looking for help, from regular festival production sessions throughout the year, to festival set-up & take-down, event stewards, invigilators, photographers, data collectors and other ad-hock help. To find out more about volunteering click here
Image © John Lord, untitled
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