FaB Festival 25 May - 10 June 2018
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FaB Festival 2018 call-out to Artists is here


Submit to #FaB18

Inviting Artists and Creatives to respond to the 23 exhibition & event proposals below. These will come together as the Fringe Arts Bath Festival programme, running 25 May to 10 June 2018.

Make sure you read details on how to apply here, also see info for Collectives & Groups to submit exhibition proposals below.


Submission deadline is 20th March 2018 unless otherwise specified.


The Bath Open Art Prize 2018

Artists in all mediums are invited to enter the Bath Open Art prize, now in its 6th year. Selected works will be shown at 44ad during FaB 2018.

£20 per submission.

Deadline 28th April 2018.

To find out more about The Bath Open Art Prize 2018, judges, awards and how to enter, please click here...

Biography in Cloth

This exhibition is about the potential for biography, narrative and personal history in cloth and textile media.

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Bath is presently stuck with a transport system that is not moving. We need artists of all disciplines to be mischievous, eccentric and alchemic to create ideas for movement of all kinds that will engage the public and lead to cultural shift and behaviour change, to recognise that we do not live beneath the sky, but within it.

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Inviting artists whose work is text / language based and who are engaged with working with writing in innovative formats. All works selected will be published on the Idiom and Fringe Arts Bath website.

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Textiling with the more-than-human

Calling textile artists to interact with (in)visible ecologies; the human & more-than-human: plant, animal, mineral, elements, & imaginary KINdoms via stitch, print, paint, weave, knit, dye, fabric manipulation media. This project draws on new materialist ‘flow of agency’ between 2D/3D, text/image, trad crafts and contemporary mediums.

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LoL = Lexicon of Lust

The Dalai Llama complains that things are being loved whilst people are being used. death + glitter believe the Dalai Llama to be wrong. We welcome modified objects/assemblages/interventions along the theme of 'Lust' i.e. 'things' that can be worshipped for their...'ness'.

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An exhibition of works celebrating the fleeting moments in life. The sensual moments that remain in our memories but in reality were a brief sight, sound, feeling, touch. Something that was not tangible at the time but stirred within us a deep emotion thus creating a piece of art.

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Only Human

Rates of anxiety and depression in young people have increased by 70% over the last 25 years.

Looking at themes so current in our culture, we encourage artists working in all mediums to consider and respond to the issue of human vs technology and the impact on our mental health.

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Soft Rebellion

Are you a Meta-Modernist? Calling for exciting new talent! We’re looking for artists whose work reflects themes of Meta-Modernism. Show-casing artists of all mediums! This exhibition is a recognition of a new direction in art -celebrating sincerity, fluidity and informed naivety.

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Without darkness there is no light

Artists of many disciplines have been inspired by this phenomenon through time and how that has been expressed in their work has varied enormously.This diversity in itself is wonderfully exciting and we invite contemporary explorers of this subject in any discipline to apply to exhibit with us.

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The FaB Photomarathon

Saturday 5th May 2018

The FaB Photomarathon charts a psychogeographical ramble through the streets of Bath. See a different side of Bath in the results of this creative annual event which draws photographers of all ages and skill levels.

That’s right, the challenge is laid down again! You have 10h to take 20 photos following 20 themes in the correct order. Both film and digital entries are welcome, the results will be exhibited during the FaB Festival fortnight.

To sign up and find out more click here...

FaB Art Market

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Artists are invited to our annual pop-up Art Market: sell your paintings, sculptures, screen-prints... in Bath's beautiful leafy Kingsmead Square.

£20 per pitch, to find out more and sign up click here...


Using an ex-toiletry vending machine as a self contained gallery space & shop in one.  Its my method of partially bypassing potential gallery bias and to get affordable art to the public!  This stems from my own fondness for ranting and moaning about things, and a frustration from trying to get exposure and pay for my work.

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You can say the word live in two ways. live is an initiative that will bring both definitions together, in a series of exhibitions, installations and performances in the heritage city of Bath. live is planned as a key element of FaB18, next year’s manifestation of the city’s celebrated festival of contemporary visual art. It is scheduled for the two weeks May 25 – June 10, 2018.

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Nature Morte

Still Life traditionally attempts to preserve the ephemeral through meticulous accuracy, and yet often depicts decay. Therefore a death is presented as a creative act in itself. 'Nature Morte' will attempt to expand this idea and revel in the paradox; this exhibition aims to linger in the withering.

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Pavillion of Painting

The ‘Pavilion of Painting’ an experimental art space with a focus on painting in its widest form, from drawing to performance, figurative painting or landscape to abstraction. Encouraging and reflecting a contemporary survey of painting today, so vibrant in the area of Bath. ‘a space for the imagination and a place for everyone to explore.’

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Real / Unreal

We would like to invite photographers to submit a series of images that respond to the theme, ‘Real / Unreal’. This is a chance to promote and share your work in Bath.

In association with Fringe Arts Bath Festival we bring you the first ‘Bath Photography Festival’. The aim of the festival is to promote photography as a way of communicating ideas and thoughts.

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Contemporary culture is increasingly characterised by a nostalgia for the very recent past.This exhibition will seek to examine this phenomenon with a focus on the impact of nostalgia on our cultural, political and economic lives, whilst examining what has led this reorganisation of contemporary experience. Submissions from all disciplines welcome.

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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...

Bath Photography Festival 2018

In association with Fringe Arts Bath Festival we bring you the first ‘Bath Photography Festival’. The aim of the festival is to promote photography as a way of communicating ideas and thoughts.

We would like to invite photographers to submit a series of images that respond to the theme, ‘Real / Unreal’. This is a chance to promote and share your work in Bath.

To find out more click here...


Doorways are thresholds to somewhere new. Featuring in religion, myth, ritual, literature and art, doorways represent new opportunities, arrivals, departures, imprisonment, birth, death: moving in, moving out, moving on. This exhibition will invite artists to explore the symbolism and significance of this space between the ‘now’ and the ‘next’.

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It Sounds Devicive!

With a focus on listening & interaction - Can we create new ways to engage the listener in a yet to be discovered audio realm? Can we form a dialogue between devices or machines & the sounds they make, within the space they inhabit?

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Living in Hyperreality

Hyperreality is the postmodern condition of being unable to distinguish reality from the simulation of it. The collapsing of reality and rise of technology has created fertile ground for creative discourse. So how do emerging contemporary artists explore their lived and experienced hyperrealities? All mediums are relevant and invited.

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Normal papers

The unassuming simplicity and aesthetic qualities of to-do lists, visual plans, how I explain with pictures and diagrams, shopping lists, notes left to others in the house, lists written for others and more...

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Radical social practice

Artists who's work brings people together, promotes debate, confronts convention, l alternative ways with the intent of exposing injustice within our society. Artists who make a conscious effort to facilitate and participate in social change.

If we want respect, love and beauty among us, we must actively promote it.

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This Temporary Matter

Ephemeral works including - but not limited to - installation, sculpture and live/performance that further explore vanitas and memento mori concerns by using mediums that also have a definite life span to examine the absurdity/humour/excitement/sadness/wonder/freedom/truth in it all.

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Submissions from Groups and Collectives

Inviting artist groups & collectives with work of a high standard that they wish to show. Submit up to 500 words with images of the work (or past works if it’s a new project).

Email to submissions@fringeartsbath.co.uk


Background image © Abigail Simmonds, detail of 'Whale'

Exhibition 'The Obsessive Compulsive Practice' #FaB17


How do I apply?

It is free to submit proposals (unless otherwise stated). If you are selected there is a £20 admin charge per artist, per show, and we'll ask you to take part & contribute some of your time.

Please submit up to 500 words and accompanying images.

NB: files to be saved as a single PDF or Word doc including your name as part of every file title (eg: BloggsJ.pdf)

Email submissions: to the exhibition’s email address, see separate exhibition pages for details.

Postal submissions: please include a SAE if you would like your work returned, and send entries to: (Project Title), Fringe Arts Bath, 103 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BW


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