Announcing BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE


We received over 350 applications and would like to thank all those who applied. 
BALTIC will make an announcement shortly with the confirmed artists taking part in the FIGURE ONE exhibition.

BALTIC is delighted to announce BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE, an open submission exhibition to be held in the project space at BALTIC 39 from 4 September – 6 October 2013.

BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE is an opportunity for artists to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context. The exhibition will be selected by Will Cooper and BALTIC Chief Curator, Laurence Sillars.

Launched in April 2012, BALTIC’s project space was conceived primarily as a location for artists to try new projects and take risks within a supportive environment and to facilitate discussion around the production of new work. This new exhibition strand aims to encourage and support artists to develop their practice beyond the studio through short-term projects and experiments.

BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE will last for 5 weeks and be made up of 10 projects by 10 artists, each lasting 5 days. Artists will be assigned one of the two gallery spaces at BALTIC 39. Proposals that demonstrate an immediate benefit to the development of recent work or works in progress will be prioritised. Only work made during the past twelve months (July 2012 – present), currently in progress, or made for (or during) this exhibition are eligible. Exhibiting artists will receive a fee and, through additional support, will be encouraged to programme events during their exhibitions. BALTIC will also commission a writer to blog about each of the exhibitions as they open and to write an essay that documents the entire project.   

'BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE will continue BALTIC's ambition to provide opportunities for artists to question the boundaries of their practice. The programme of projects will also enable a critically engaged dialogue to emerge and for shared concerns to be identified'
Godfrey Worsdale, Director BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Interested applicants should read the full exhibition terms and conditions below.

A written proposal of no longer than 500 words, a budget breakdown. and visual material showing examples of recent work should be submitted by email (7MB maximum file size) to, or on a CD or memory stick to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA clearly marked BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE

The deadline for submissions is Midday on Monday 15 July 2013.

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Your exhibition will be on view to the public for 5 consecutive days between the hours of 12.00-18.00, Wednesday–Sunday (12.00-20.00 Thursdays), from 4 September - 6 October 2013.

Successful artists will be given an exhibitor’s fee of £400. A further amount of up to £200 will be provided to cover the cost of shipping, materials and other installation expenses

Artists will be awarded an additional amount of up to £200 to pay for events during the exhibition which may include openings, discussions and screenings etc - we encourage an active environment.

Artists will install their exhibitions themselves with their own solicited support, but will each be provided with one BALTIC technician for assistance and advice. Some equipment, including that for presentation, may be available from BALTIC subject to advance request availability.

You must be able to install your exhibition in one day (the Tuesday) between 9.00-18.00. If your project takes longer to set up, its installation will form part of your exhibition that is open to the public.

You must be able to deinstall your exhibition in one day (the following Monday) between 9am-6pm. If your project takes longer to deinstall, its removal will form part of your exhibition that is open to the public and must begin sooner.

Due to the timings of the exhibition and changeovers, it will not be possible to make specific lighting arrangements for each exhibition. Loading access to BALTIC 39 is limited. 


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