Opportunity abounds. Even during this difficult time. Artists are those among us who have the means to rise above the din and help our world process and heal. Through art, we can begin to understand the vastness of the moments we find ourselves in. Now is the time to consider where to focus your energy – how to use your skills to be of service to the world. There are many ways in which artists can engage, many ways art can guide us through.
Call for entries for the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology is now open. This prize celebrates the best art that is created using technology. There are a number of cash prizes as well as opportunities for commissions, events and exhibitions. For more information and to enter, visit the website. Deadline is June 12.
Poznan Art Week encourages artists to submit work for consideration in the poster contest “Remedy” – a reaction to the current global situation we find ourselves in. While the organizers do not wish to minimize the fallout of the pandemic, they believe that art should not remain neutral. In their own words: “we believe art to be a necessary aesthetic ‘painkiller’, an impulse leading to a reflection, a space for a public debate, and/or as a tool for commenting reality in serious and humorous ways. In a time of global crisis, artists have their role to play.” For more information, visit the website. Deadline is June 15.
Science Gallery Melbourne is holding an open call for their 2021 exhibition “Swarm” which examines the state of our existence on the planet. In the gallery’s own words: “At a time of unprecedented societal upheaval due to the current global viral pandemic, Science Gallery Melbourne is delving into the science and art behind what it means to be part of a pack. Have we become a plague overpopulating the world? Are we at risk of becoming culturally homogenous and less individual? Or are we becoming a superorganism capable of superior collective-intelligence with the ambition to spread beyond the realms of the Earth?” For more information, and a list of various themes to consider, visit the website. Deadline is June 20.
Praxis Center believes that art is among the most important ways that we communicate as a collective community. We pride ourselves on helping artists with the minutia of a career in the arts so that there is more room to focus on what really matters – process and the creation of necessary and important works of art. We offer a complete toolkit designed by experts to assist you every step of the way, showing you the side of art that isn’t taught in art school. We want to make sure your work finds the light of day and helps heal the world.
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In these uncertain times, our first responsibility is assuring staff, their families and our entire art community is safe. We hope to turn the page on this devastating virus and return to normalcy soon. In the meantime, we continue sharing educational resources and have developed new Facebook Live events, providing an informal and intimate opportunity to meet artists and engage in topics we all love. Follow the GOLDEN Facebook page to join!
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.
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