FaB Festival 24 May - 9 June 2019
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The call to Artists for #FaB19 is now open!

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FaB 2018 opening night (+ a bit of Bath Fringe Festival) by DVA Films

Image © Esther Tyler-Ward

2018 - doorways - Esther Tyler-Ward - film still.jpg

Submission deadline is 17th March 2019 unless otherwise specified.


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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 here for more...

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 here for more…


We invite artists to make work in response to the word ’SELF’; a subject at the forefront of western art.

From Lucian Freud’s obsessive critical observation, Tracy Emin’s raw auto-biographical installations, Egon Scheilie’s narcissistic self-exploration, Donald Rodney’s physical metaphors, and Martha Rosler’s role deconstruction - we want artists to submit bold and explorative work.

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 here for more...

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 here for more...

Disordered States

Seeking artists with lived experience of mental health problems who embody their experiences in their practice. Moving towards a new visual language for mental health, we aim to show 2D, 3D, installations and performance-based pieces which challenge representational and figurative tropes, engaging with materiality and process. Click here for more...

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...


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...

The Bath Open Art Prize 2019

Artists working in all mediums are invited to enter the Bath Open Art prize, now in its 9th year. I Selected works will be shown at 44ad during FaB 2019.

Prizes include £250 cash, £100 cash, £50 art vouchers and a solo exhibition.

Deadline 26th April 2019.

To find out more about The Bath Open Art Prize 2019, judges, awards and how to enter, please visit www.bathopenartprize.co.uk

The FaB Photomarathon

Saturday 4th 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 2nd 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...

Living in Paradise

Paradise is today a commodified reality made tangible by the digital age as a realised realm, present in the spaces we create online and in micro-places we retreat to. Our manufactured utopias are over-saturated visions that often conjuring their exact opposites. Contemporary artists explore modern ideas of paradise and its unavoidable antithesis. Click here for more...


“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 here for more...

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 more 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 here for more...

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...


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...

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 here for more...

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 here for more...

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 here for more...


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 here for more...


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 here for more...

'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...

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...

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


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