Eastside Projects

EOP Members Show 2023 – Open Call

Deadline: 28 November 2022

A gallery space is bathed in purple light. Silver strips and led lights cover the walls creating a futuristic scene. The floor is covered in sand, in the centre lies a half buried disco ball. On the screen a man appears to be presenting in front of some symbols..

 

We are looking for ambitious proposals from artists or artist-curators for the 2023 EOP Members Show.

The annual EOP Members Show is a significant opportunity to realise a solo show or curated project as part of our core artistic programme and develop an exhibition with the support of Eastside Projects. We want to invest our time, energy and resources into an ambitious project which supports someone to make a step change in their practice by developing new work or realising ideas which would not otherwise be possible.

Before you apply, we recommend you check out some of the recent members shows.

  • Disco Islam: Future Phantasmagoria by Bijan Moosavi. Bijan’s largest solo exhibition to date centred around Disco Islam a sci-fi quasi-commercial video combining CGI, live-action, Islamic kitsch and music, set in an immersive environment that referenced club culture, the desert, and the language of corporate advertising.
  • Siren of the Deep by Leah Clements. The exhibition drew on accounts of astronauts, cosmonauts, divers, religious euphoria, come-ups & come-downs to follow experiences of bliss and the subsequent return to Earth through light, sound, and sculptural elements that were activated and deactivated states.
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Lindsey Mendick.  For her show Lindsey created a bold installation that brought together video, ceramics and miniatures, exploring intertwining stories of female ‘histrionics’, depression and Russian spies.

Previous EOP exhibitions have also been offered to artists including Luke Routledge, Simon Bayliss, Rafal Zar and Freya Dooley, and the selection process has resulted in other opportunities within our wider programme – for example the 2021 selection process led to us commissioning a main gallery show by Emii Alrai which opened in March 2022. For many of these artists the Members Show was one of their first exhibitions in an ‘institutional’ space.


PRACTICALITIES
The project budget includes £1,000 for artists fees and up to £1,500 for production and other costs related to making the exhibition including travel, accommodation, transport, installation, technical support and per diem. Eastside Projects also offers up to £75 towards artist healthcare and wellbeing.

Proposals for solo shows or curated projects are welcome but if you work collaboratively as part of a duo or group or are applying to curate a project, the fee and budget must be shared. Eastside Projects pays artists a minimum fee of £200 for existing work and £450 + production for new commissions. Please bear this in mind when developing your proposal.

In addition you will receive curatorial support and mentoring, including studio visits with members of the Eastside Projects team, and the opportunity to develop a related public event to support your show with the support of the Artist Caretaker.

We particularly welcome applications from people with Global Majority heritage, or those who identify as disabled or d/Deaf. We are keen to support all members to apply and welcome conversations with artists around access needs.  If you would like to discuss any needs in advance of applying please email borbala@eastsideprojects.org to arrange a conversation.


FLOORPLAN
Please find the floorplan of the Second Gallery of Eastside Projects HERE.


TIMELINE

Friday 4 November, 1–2pm – ONLINE Pre-application Workshop  Find out how we approach the members show, how to communicate your ideas in a way that makes a strong application, and ask any questions you may have at this informal workshop.

Monday 28 November – Application Deadline

15 December – Shortlisted artists will be invited to talk through their proposal with Eastside Projects in person or online.

Autumn 2023 – Exhibition at Eastside Projects (exact dates TBC).


APPLICATION PROCESS
Find all the info you need on our online application portal HERE.

ELIGIBILITY
You must be a current EOP member to apply. To join please visit our Membership Page.

If you have any other questions you can email borbala@eastsideprojects.org