Call For Artists
DETAILS FOR TAE18 COMING SOON!
Twitter Art Exhibit: UK 2017 #TAE17
OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS
Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/VFDEr75TRmmcTdt32
CURATED BY: Cat Salter-Smith (@CatSalterArtist www.catsalter.co.uk)
Twitter Art Exhibit: UK 2017
Benefiting Molly Olly’s Wishes (www.mollyolly.co.uk)
Opening night: Saturday 1 April 2017 6pm-9pm
Show runs: 1-19 April 2017
The Artshouse, Stratford upon Avon.
(Do NOT send cards to this address)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 17 March 2017
IMPORTANT: YOU CANNOT SEND A CARD TO TAE17 UNTIL YOU HAVE REGISTERED ABOVE.
Please read the instructions below carefully to find out how and where to submit your art.
Twitter Art Exhibit is an international exhibition of original postcard art which this year is supporting the UK charity – Molly Olly’s Wishes. The entire exhibition is carried out by an unpaid, volunteer corps of organizers and artists; there is no entry fee, and artists of all career levels are encouraged to participate, making it possible for emerging talent to appear alongside seasoned professionals.
TAE17 is the seventh installment of this open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by artists from around the world.
Social media plays a major role in Twitter Art Exhibit. It is our intention to tweet, share and promote our artists to thank them for their participation, and to make this event a success for all involved.
The event will be highly publicized and well attended by art buyers and enthusiasts, members of the press, local artists and the TAE community.
For more information about Molly Olly’s Wishes – web: www.mollyolly.co.uk – Twitter: @mollyolly – Facebook: MollyOllys
HOW TO TAKE PART
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Pay special attention to the materials, size and mediums requirements described below. Artwork that does not meet these requirements will be unfortunately rejected.
1) You must have a Twitter account to take part in Twitter Art Exhibit. Make sure to follow @twitrartexhibit, as well as the hashtag #TAE17. Don’t forget to visit www.twitterartexhibit.org too for updates!
2) Fill out the registration form (link above) When you have registered to take part you will be sent a confirmation email with more information about where to send your finished postcard.
3) Create a postcard-sized ORIGINAL piece of art. Standard postcard sizes are required: 6.3 x 4.7 inches or 16x12 cm MAXIMUM (see detailed size, medium & material requirements below). Only ONE per artist please.
4) Include complete information* Print off the form which will be sent with the registration confirmation email and stick to back of card with the required information.
Please also complete the exhibition label which will be exhibited with your card in BLOCK CAPITALS.
*Please note, the above-mentioned information will be shared on Twitter, Facebook, and on exhibition labels. This is how we identify artists and their work and is an integral part of the process. If you do not want this information shared, please do not participate.
5) Mail your postcard in an envelope via Regular First Class Mail (or international equivalent). We can accept courier deliveries this year is you wish to send your card via this method. Information about the address to send the card to will be found in the confirmation email sent to you, once you have registered.
Avoid surfaces that couldn’t be considered postcard material (canvas or canvas board, wood, ceramic, etc.). Thick, good quality paper is preferred, but thin cardboard will also do. Sketch or print paper is much too flimsy and will not be accepted. We suggest you pick up a standard postcard from a store near you, and try to match its format and thickness. Keep in mind, the postal service isn’t generally recognized for “gentle handling”; we want your postcard to sell and to be in the best shape possible, so make sure to ship it in an stiff envelope and pack it well for the journey. Sandwiching it between two pieces of light card works well.
Postcards must be signed, handmade ORIGINALS in any of the following 2D mediums: Watercolor, acrylic, oil, ink, gouache, mixed media, collage, pencil, charcoal and pastel. Please use spray fixative for loose mediums and remember to properly prime/gesso your surfaces if you work with oils, allowing them to fully dry before shipping. Linocuts, woodcuts, lithographs (printmaking) are accepted if they are the correct size, hand-signed and originals. NOT ALLOWED: Photographs*, digital art, art that is laser/inkjet or machine-printed, any copies, duplications or reproductions (computer or otherwise). A printed promotional postcard does not constitute an original piece of art and will not be accepted. And please, nothing perishable, toxic or otherwise harmful. *In recent years we have decided to steer away from photography and digital art due to the large amount of low-quality prints received, and so as to focus on the “handmade”. PLEASE, NO VERY THICK 3D postcards! These will not be hung in the exhibition.
This is an exhibition of postcard art, so your artwork should resemble a postcard (art on one side, your info on the other). For the overall look of the exhibition, it’s important that the cards are close to each other in size. This is key to including as many cards as possible. The maximum size allowed is 6.3 x 4.7 inches (16 x 12 cm). Please try to stick to standard postcard sizes/proportions. A printable guide is provided with the email that you will receive once registered which you must cut out and fill in and attach to the rear of the card.
NO JURY, NO THEME (OPEN EXHIBITION):
Any professional or amateur artist in reach of our voice is invited! Although there is no jury and no theme, please send your best work. This is a public event that will draw media and public attention, so please paint/draw something that represents your style. As children may be present, we ask that you consider making the subject matter appropriate for all audiences. The definition of “appropriate” is up for debate, but please use common sense.
NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS PER ARTIST:
Please send only ONE card per artist. Yes, this has changed from previous years. As Twitter Art Exhibit grows, it is becoming impossible to anticipate the response. The number of cards shown will depend on overall participation and available space. Our goal is to show one card per participating artist, and cards may have to be rotated, or replaced as they are sold. Please understand that the exhibition is a piece of art in itself, and that it will be up to the organizers to ensure the show ”works.” So please send only one card per artist, and enter early. Additional cards sent to us will simply be donated to the charity to use as they wish.
DEADLINE & FEES
Postcards MUST be received by end of day on the 17 March 2017 to be included in the exhibition. Late entries sadly cannot be accepted. Allow at least 10 business days for shipping if you reside in Europe and a minimum of 14 days from elsewhere. We are always amazed how long the cards can take to arrive. PLEASE send off your card as soon as you can to avoid the upset of it not arriving in time and not being used in the exhibition!
NO PARTICIPATION FEES:
As this is an exhibition for charity, there is no fee to enter. Every participant, from artist to organizer, is involved on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The goal is to share our collective talents for a good cause. 100% of proceeds, from the sale of the donated postcards, goes to the charity. If you would like, however, to make a donation with your postcard, to help fund the work that the TAE team do each year, then please see the DONATION section below. (Please note: this money would NOT transferred to the charity, but is for the expenses incured by the TAE and curator in setting up the exhibition).
The sale price will be £30 per card (4 for £100). Many, if not all of these cards are worth a lot more, but this will allow the general public to purchase them easily and raise the required funds for the charity.
Please ship your work, well protected in an envelope, via regular first class mail as this worked best in past exhibitions. You may send your card via courier if you want the added security of knowing it has been delivered safely. The address to send the card to will be in the email you will receive, once you have registered. PLEASE do NOT mark your card with a value if asked to on a customs document. Mark as A GIFT or of NO VALUE, otherwise we are charged import duty.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?……
WHEN WE RECEIVE YOUR CARD, WE WILL…..
1) Copy the image and send out a Twitter shout-out using the hashtag #TAE17 (check the @connect tab on your Twitter account for your mention).
2) Post it to an album on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/TwitterArtExhibit (visit us to see if your card has arrived).
Please could we kindly ask you NOT to contact us to ask if your card has arrived. It is time consuming for the volunteers to check through arrivals outside the normal process. Please be patient and keep an eye on your Twitter notifications, TAE Facebook Page and our new Instagram account. (twitterartexhibit)
ONE POSTCARD = MANY TWEETS » SPREAD THE WORD!
Our Twitter account is @twitrartexhibit. Please follow us! We appreciate RT’s and mentions. We suggest you post a pic of your card on Twitter before mailing it, and use the hashtag #TAE17 so that we can share the love!
AFTER THE EXHIBITION:
All work received will be considered a donation and will not be returned to the sender, even if it remains unsold. Any unsold art will be donated to the charity to use as they see fit (i.e. create a mural with remaining pieces to commemorate the event, or sell remaining work at future fundraisers). It’s up to them.
VIDEO / BOOK:
It’s possible that a video and/or book may be produced. This will remain at the discretion of the local organizer, time and resources allowing.
Online sales may be possible this year and more information will be made available as the process is finalized with the charity as to how we best facilitate this.
DONATIONS: The TAE has always been run by volunteers giving up considerable time to make the event run smoothly and hopefully raise as much funds as possible for the chosen charity. A lot of the money needed to put on the exhibition and pay for materials etc is raised through sponsorship and donations.
If you would like to give a voluntary DONATION to the expenses of the TAE then please use the link below to send money via PayPal. (Please note: this money would NOT be transferred to the charity, but is for the expenses incurred by the TAE and curator in setting up the exhibition)
FUNDING LEGITIMATE CHARITIES:
100% of the funds raised, by the sale of postcards at a Twitter Art Exhibit, go to the chosen charity. Benefiting organizations are vetted by Twitter Art Exhibit’s local organizers, as well as by our organizing board. One of our biggest concerns is doing our due diligence and taking every precaution to make sure our initiative does not exploit anybody, and that schemers do not make off with our concerted efforts.
By participating in Twitter Art Exhibit (in any city), you agree to our terms. This means any art submitted to this exhibition can be sold to raise money for our chosen charities, with 100% of proceeds from art sales going directly to the charity. In addition, your art could be featured in a video about the event, or included in a book, poster, reproduced postcard or other promotional material, which may be sold to help raise funds to help cover the organization’s operating costs. If you do not agree to these terms, kindly refrain from participating.
We thank you for participating in TAE UK 17! We could not do this without your support and generosity.
We look forward to receiving your beautiful postcards, and to join our voices to yours in expanding the Twitter Art Exhibit concept to new locations around the world.
Sincerely, Cat Salter-Smith
Twitter Art Exhibit Organizing Board:
David Sandum, @DavidSandum
Cat Salter-Smith, @CatSalterArtist
Isha Setia, @ishimsworld