What are the specifics of the Exhibition?
We are transforming Liverpool Hospital's Ambulatory Ward into a gallery filled with local artwork that is changed every 3 months. Each exhibition will be curated around particular themes based on a combination of pre-approved suggestions from the hospital (see below), as well as depending on what works are submitted to the Program. There are 3 walls that will support a range of between 6 to 12 pieces, depending on size.
All works will be on display for the duration of the 3 months, with any sales processed and delivered after the works have come off display.
What are the timeframes?
We are looking to install the first collection of artwork in early June 2020, to coincide with Winter. Each collection will be displayed in line with the seasons.
The closing date for submissions for the first Exhibition is 5pm Wednesday 27 May 2020.
What is needed from artists?
For artists not familiar with ColourSpace, our model is predicated on helping artists share works that you've already created. This Exhibition is not about commissioning works from you; it's about giving you a new opportunity to share more stories about the artwork you've already created. Naturally, we can't stop you from creating new works or refining existing works, but do note that we will be curating the exhibitions based on what is submitted for the program, and not based on proposed ideas.
We want you to consider what artworks you've already created, how they fit into some of the potential themes below, and to share your stories and inspirations behind the artwork.
All of these will be displayed and shared with the Hospital, as well as on all online platforms.
Can anyone apply?
This program is only open to artists local to Sydney and its surroundings. There isn't a hard perimeter per se (at minimum you have to be within NSW), however if you do live a little further afield, please note you will need to arrange for delivery of your works. Furthermore, there are no restrictions for Liverpool Hospital staff, and we welcome your artistic contributions.
For artists outside of NSW, please keep your eyes open! This program is hopefully the first of many to come for Hospitals around Australia. Watch this space!
Any eligibility criteria to be aware of?
Yes - there's a few important aspects to be aware of:
Naturally, overt sexual content, violence and nudity will not be considered. We will also avoid pieces that are confrontational, chaotic, obviously depressing or contain negative medical connotations.
In selecting the artworks, it is important to understand that the setting is first and foremost a hospital. As such, we must consider the medical and emotional sensitivities of our viewers. Artwork will be assessed on the following factors:
Thematically, we are open to:
What's in it for you?
This is a completely free exhibition and there are no fees involved for artists whose works are chosen for display. ColourSpace will look after the installation, insurance, display, and promotion of your artwork, and all your works will be displayed for sale, with ColourSpace handling all sales enquiries with a flat commission rate of 25% (i.e. you receive 75%). The only catch is that any works on display will need to remain on display for the full period of the 3 month exhibition.
As this is a pilot program established in partnership with Liverpool Hospital, there will unfortunately not be any royalties offered for works chosen for this Exhibition Program. However, this is not our long term vision. Our goal with this pilot is to work closely with Liverpool Hospital and other stakeholders in our network to secure additional funding to support additional exhibition programs both at Liverpool Hospital, as well as other Hospitals around Australia. Should we be successful in this, our vision is to pay artists to exhibit your works.
For all other questions on how ColourSpace works for artists, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
What if you're not selected for the Exhibition?
There will be 4 Exhibitions occuring quarterly over the course of this pilot, thus artists not chosen for the first Exhibition may find your works chosen for later Exhibitions. Furthermore, ColourSpace and Liverpool Hospital will also be exploring the expansion of this pilot to other wards and Hospitals, thus creating even more opportunities for the exhibition of your art.