Fig-2: Open Call for Students

  • 8 May 2015

As fig-2 approaches the halfway mark of its year-long exhibition programme, it is giving students the chance to be part of it.

Fig-2 is an experimental programme presenting 50 projects in 50 weeks. It follows from fig-1, a revolutionary concept realised in 2000, which aimed to boost activity within the London art scene by putting on shows of known and lesser-known artists every week. Richard Hamilton and Bridget Riley exhibited alongside the then comparatively less well-known Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller. The project was organised by Mark Francis, now of Gagosian gallery, with the aim of bringing something 'experimental, energetic, epic' to the capital. The shows were not limited by sales, storage or bureaucracy and hence allowed artists to do what they have always wanted to do, but for various reasons couldn’t.

Fifteen years on, fig-2 gives this opportunity to a new generation of artists. So far, Tom McCarthy, Edmund Cooke and Laura Eldret, among many others, have exhibited their shows. For week 49, fig-2 is inviting undergraduates and Masters students to submit an exhibition proposal.

As fig-2 is a multidisciplinary visual arts programme, the invitation is open to students of any discipline, given that they are studying at a UK college or university. Existing works made in 2015 and new works that have not yet been made are both welcome, but they must respond specifically to the fig-2 programme to date. The projects do not need to respond to the site, but applicants must work within the parameters of the exhibition and the ICA Studio location.

To apply, please submit a proposal that is no longer than 450 words and contains up to five images (in a PDF no larger than 2MB) or a link to a video (on Vimeo or YouTube).

Download the fig-2 Open Call application pack, which contains all the information you will need. Please email opencall@fig2.co.uk if you have any further questions.

The submissions deadline is at 5pm on 30 June 2015.
Five shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email by 1 September 2015.
Announcement of the successful applicant will be 14 September 2015.
Week 49/50 runs from Monday 7 December until Sunday 13 December 2015.

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