Gallery

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Collaborative European Project “Changing
Places 2”

‘Changing Places 2’ is an international opportunity for artists to express how they see, feel and experience their town or local area. Exhibition of the work will be in ‘Outside Space’ using an outside public space as a gallery in two European twin towns in order to contrast this with the convention of using ‘Inside Space’ at a traditional art gallery or museum.

During July and August 2020 Bridgwater Arts Centre is hosting an international exhibition of artworks which will be produced both in Italy and the UK. The selected work will be photographed and printed on weather resistant material and displayed as banners outside and in public spaces in both countries in the twin towns of Bridgwater and Priverno. This follows on from the very successful exhibition Changing Places, a collaboration with our German twin town of Homberg during the summer of 2019.

We are looking for work from local, established artists who may be amateur or professional, which expresses how they see, feel and experience their town or local area. Interpretation of this theme is intended to be very open. We will select ten pieces of work that have the potential to engage new audiences, instill curiosity and challenge the perceptions of the traditional gallery, encouraging viewers to visit the Arts Centre, perhaps stepping across the threshold for the first time.

Objectives, practicalities and deadlines

The exhibition will be titled Changing Places 2. All submissions from Somerset artists will be hung in Bridgwater Arts Centre gallery during July and August 2020. 10 of these works will be selected to create banners for outside display in both Bridgwater and Priverno Italy, alongside 10 banners selected by the town of Priverno from the submissions of its local artists. These 20 banners will be exhibited as follows:
Bridgwater
11 – 17 July, Twinning Week Exhibition, Bridgwater public library
18 July, Quayside Festival, King Square
20 July – 30 August, Angel Place shopping area
Priverno
It is envisaged that Priverno will identify a significant event or events during its civic calendar to exhibit the 20 banners for maximum exposure, for example Svicolando, the Palio del Tributo, the Sagra agro-alimentare.

Bridgwater Arts Centre is inviting submissions from the community of artists in Bridgwater, and its surrounding areas of Sedgemoor and West Somerset. We will show all submissions in the Arts Centre Gallery and a committee will select ten works to be exhibited as large format banners, approximately 90cm x 150cm, in both the UK and Italy. Work should be in paint or mixed media. Textile pieces or original photographic work are also acceptable but should be suitable for reproducing on large format banners.

The project will provide an opportunity for the artists to:

• Exhibit collectively as a group, with selected artists also being exhibited alongside their contemporaries in Italy. We will endeavour to look for further external venues for exhibiting this work through our outreach programme 

• Promote their approach to creative practice and make a visual introduction to their work and ideas 

• Share experience through engaging in creative activity with others across Sedgemoor and West Somerset 

• Develop lively and engaging discussion and debate on individual approaches to creative practice facilitated by artists working with Bridgwater Arts Centre 

• Forge links between fellow practitioners across the arts community and strengthen opportunities for further collaborative ventures, exhibitions and projects 


The deadline for submission of interest in this project will be 31 December 2019 leading to submission of work by 15 May 2020. We will not exhibit work which is incomplete or does not meet the hanging requirements.

The work should be in portrait format 50cm wide x 70cm high or a proportionate size which can be scaled up for reproduction. This is to enable planning for and ease in print reproduction of selected works. Please note that as we may seek sponsors for this event we will design the final layout for the reproduction of the selected works to allow for the visual identities of our sponsors. Logos will not be printed over selected artwork.

We are interested in encouraging and promoting a variety of approaches and likewise our Italian contemporaries. We will display all the responses to the theme of ‘Changing Places’ in the Arts Centre Gallery during July and August; if the submission is greater than the gallery’s capacity we will display the works in rotation.

All final submissions should be supported by a Word document with brief biographical details and an explanation/outline of the creative pathway which led to the completed work.

Additional information with regard to photographing and framing will be sent to all artists who express an interest in the project.

Expressions of interest by 31.12.19 to: liz@bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Community Textiles

Local community groups will display their textile work.  This will be a varied and colourful exhibition.

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

February – Russian Exhibition of posters toys and cards by Irena Brezowski.  This will be an exhibition based around traditional Russian tales, fairy stories, castles and toys.

March – Families Exhibition.  Different Generations of the same family can exhibit together.  This is an Open Exhibition and entries are welcome from anyone in the area.

April – Chandos Society’s Spring Exhibition.  The county wide Society which was founded in the Arts Centre in 1961 will exhibit all media from mosaics to textiles to photography to oils, acrylics and watercolours.

May – Lynn Mowat  “Hedge Trees Please”  Lyn is a local artist who is passionate about the environment and particularly the role played by hedgerows.  This exhibition will highlight this.