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QUAD Open Call – Seeking Artist Proposals

29 May 2018
QUAD is excited to announce that in association with our Young Advocates, we are seeking submissions from artists to exhibit in a group show in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces that responds to the question: ‘The Internet: Is it Helping Us or Hurting Us?’ The exhibition will launch alongside Joey Holder’s exhibition Adcredo: The Deep Belief Network launching 13th July 2018 in QUAD Gallery, Derby. 

The question: ‘The Internet: Is it Helping Us or Hurting Us?’ was devised by our Young Advocates, a group of creatively minded young people (aged 16-25) and relates to QUAD’s 2018/19 season of ‘Wellbeing’. The open-call is part of QUAD’s active participation programme where our Young Advocates self-initiate projects that broaden their skills, this project focuses on developing their curatorial practice. From the open call the Young Advocates, mentored and advised by the curatorial team at QUAD, will shortlist works for the exhibition and organise a contextual event. The exhibition will run from 14th July – 12th August and launch on 13th July 6:30 – 8:30pm.

The question posed by QUAD’s Young Advocates derives from a broad discussion on digital technology; the old and the new. The limitless depth of the internet and the impact of browsing through pages of information has on memory retention. Their dependency on smart phones as a physical comfort, the competitive and critical capacity of social media and their constant need to feel connected in a hyper-connected age. They asked: Do we still exist if we remove ourselves from social media? They commented on their detached state from new forms of technology, as they see it all the time; they won’t be shocked by the iPhone40. Their perceptions on digital technology, largely on the internet, whittled down to the complexities of online information feeds that they swipe through; fake news, viral posts, and how these construct belief systems that have the agency to harm or help humanity. QUAD is seeking proposals that add to this dialogue. 

There is a modest budget for this exhibition that will include artist fees, travel and insurance costs. QUAD cannot cover costs for the production of new work and ask artists to consider submitting existing works/ works currently being produced. The Extra Gallery Spaces comprise of the stairwells, corridors, mezzanines and other public spaces. For this reason, wall-based works have largely been exhibited in these galleries - QUAD is flexible with how these spaces can be used.

Please submit applications via email as a single PDF to Laura O’Leary, QUAD Programme Assistant lauraol@derbyquad.co.uk and include the following:

- Short artist statement (up to 200 words)
- CV and website link (if applicable)
- Statement on how art work relates to the question: ‘The Internet: Is it Helping Us or Hurting Us?’ (Up to 200 words)
- 3-6 images of your work including title, date and medium. Please include links to sound or moving-image works. 

Closing date: Monday 18th June

Selected artists will be notified by email on Friday 22nd June 2018

The selection panel consists of the Young Advocates, mentored by Peter Bonnell (QUAD Senior Curator), Laura O’Leary (QUAD Programme Assistant), and Gina Mollett (QUAD Young Advocates Coordinator).

For further information please contact Laura O’Leary (lauraol@derbyquad.co.uk)