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OPEN CALL: QUAD Self Portrait (Online)

QUAD Self Portrait: Online

With so many of us in lockdown, self isolating and working from home, with human inter-connections changing - how do we look inwards at ourselves? And how do we look towards the “new normal” following the outbreak of COVID-19?

QUAD invites you to create a digital self-portrait from home. This is for any artist, of any age, anywhere. Perhaps you will make a collage and photograph it; you may make a play-dough sculpture and capture it in an image; maybe you’ll transform a room in your house into a photography studio, or you might develop your design skills by creating a digital collage.

We encourage the use of any mark-making material, be it paint, playdough, embroidery, or collage; wherever your creative interests take you or other digital means such as photography or design software. One rule; it must be a digital work that could be printed. 

Selected submissions will be shared in a digital showcase and possible print exhibition at QUAD when we safely open our doors again, we will also share the works digitally. Works will be selected by QUAD curators and highlighted via our social media channels.

The artwork you share will be a form of reflection on the time that has passed and how that is represented globally.

To get involved:

• Make a self-portrait that can be shared digitally e.g photograph your artwork or use design software. 
• Share your submission on Instagram using the hashtag #quadselfportrait 
• Include:
1) Title of artwork (optional)
2) Full name
3) Your age*
4) City/village and country

If you don’t have an Instagram account send an attachment (not a temporary WeTransfer link) to
Send submissions by: midnight,
31st August 2020 - all images welcome. 

*For those who are aged under 18, please share only your first name for safeguarding purposes. Thank you.  

We look forward to seeing your work!


Please note for email submissions only: Due to some of our staff being furloughed this is an open-submission and we will not be able to personally acknowledge the receipt of your work or download links to images that are temporary, such as We Transfer. 

If you have any questions please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

QUAD Self-Portrait: The back story:

This project was inspired by QUAD’s inaugural Self Portrait exhibition, featuring the works of 264 Derbyshire based or born artists and the 100s of artists who submitted their work to our “Big Little-Drop In”, a space to create and hang a self-portrait within the exhibition, that took place from November 2019 - March 2020, just before our doors temporarily closed for the safety of the public. 

We have re-created the exhibition format online for people to share self-portraits that are characteristic of the makers, reflecting on identity and their sense of home during a period of isolation.

Header Image: QUAD Self Portrait, QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces, 30 Nov. - 29 Mar 2020