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Calling all artists living or working in Richmond Upon Thames

Orleans House Gallery is inviting submissions from artists living or working in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames for our November open call exhibition – Breaking Ground. Running alongside Richmond Literature Festival, Orleans House Gallery will curate an exhibition of work by local artists responding to the same stimulus as this year’s festival – ‘how we can build a better world that is more sustainable, more inclusive and more equal?’. The exhibition will run in the Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery from 6-21 November. 

The exhibition stimulus recognises that this is a significant moment for society and our communities to come together to explore new ways of thinking and being to instigate transformational change. It is an opportunity for local artists, designers and makers to investigate the most pressing issues we face and explore our hopes and visions for the future. What might our new normal look like? How can we explore and comprehend what might come next? What new future(s) might be on the horizon? 

The Opportunity 

This is an opportunity to have work exhibited as part of a group exhibition in the Stables Gallery from Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 November. Submissions are welcome across visual and contemporary artforms, both 2D and 3D. Your submission may be artwork you’re already working on that relates to the stimulus or something you will work on over the next month in response to the stimulus.  

Orleans House Gallery will curate the exhibition, selecting artworks to be included based on: 

  • response to the stimulus above 
  • relevance to our community 
  • alignment with our values below: 

Collaborative – we work with people in innovative and inspiring ways, we invite artists, communities and individuals to create the public programme with us and help develop the arts service. 

Socially engaged – we respond to the needs and wishes of local people, widen participation in the arts and connect people from different backgrounds, enabling them to have a say over issues that affect them, and promoting opportunity particularly for underrepresented groups.

Experimental – through the arts we test new ideas and approaches and share our learning to support the work of the borough. This might involve being playful, adventurous and taking risks. 

Enterprising – we will always be open to new ways of working, sustain and develop productive partnerships and seek to find ways to make our work financially sustainable and develop inward investment for the arts.

Orleans House Gallery will 

  • provide the exhibition space, 
  • curate and install the exhibition,
  • process art sales (we support artists looking to sell works through the exhibition, a 40% commission applies to all works sold which supports our work across Orleans House Gallery),
  • publicise the exhibition (via public displays, events listings, and Orleans House Gallery website and social media), 
  • provide invigilation of the exhibition. 

How to apply 

The deadline for proposals is 12noon on 11 October. 

Applicants can submit 1 piece of work to be reviewed by the selection committee. Please note we expect a high volume of applications and not all submissions will be exhibited. 

The work submitted, if selected, must be the work brought to the exhibition, i.e. you can’t make something different retrospectively. 

Please fill out the application form by clicking the link below.

If you have any queries, please email Exhibitions and Collections Arts Officer, Chris Burton – Chris.Burton@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or call 020 8831 6000.