2116: Call for open submission

2116 is a forecast of the next century. It explores our predictions and projections of an increasingly globalised and technology-driven world, and asks how Ireland will look from both within the country and from outside. From our contemporary vantage point, halfway between the origins of Irish independence in 1916 and an unknown, imagined future, how do visual artists see the next 100 years?

2116 is an exhibition featuring work by contemporary Irish artists as well as artists with a strong connection to Ireland, its art and culture. This inclusive approach towards Irish identity allows for a dialogue between local and global communities, between the specifics of place and the cultural connections that network Ireland to the world. The exhibition, taking place a century after the Easter Rising, will be a platform for what is rising now, questioning how the past shapes the future, and a way for Ireland in all its definitions to begin to imagine what lies ahead.

2116 invites artists from Ireland or who can demonstrate a connection to Irish culture to submit proposals as part of this initiative. This open call for submissions looks to encourage artists to engage in new visions of the next 100 years, its technological advances, changing society, progress and decay, and to reflect on and imagine Ireland’s position and stake in this future world.

2116 is a collaboration between two partner organisations which are both world-class architectural art spaces in regional settings: O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork, Ireland (2004) and Zaha Hadid’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA (2012). The partners share a commitment to international exhibition practice developed in tandem with public programmes that involve young people and communities.

2116 will take place at the Glucksman, Cork, Ireland from March to July 2016 and at the Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA from November 2016 to May 2017. An extensive program of curated events, courses and workshops will accompany the exhibitions as well as a dedicated publication that explores the themes, context and participating artists of 2116.

The sixteen artists for the 2116 exhibition will be selected by Chris Clarke, Senior Curator at the Glucksman; Caitlín Doherty, Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at Broad Art Museum; and ACW Alumnus Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Curator at VISUAL, Carlow; and through invitation and the open submission process.

To apply to the open submission, artists are requested to provide the following information by email to 2116@glucksman.org

– Up to 5 examples of previous and/or proposed work no larger than 1MB each. For video files, please provide a working weblink.
– Proposal of artwork for exhibition outlined on A4 page. Longer submissions will not be considered.
– CV demonstrating professional qualifications and experience (3 page maximum).

The proposal should outline how the work fits the 2116 brief above, as well as demonstrating a clear and considered approach to a group exhibition of this nature. Selected artists will be paid a fee of €500. There is no fee for submission. Deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday 22 October.

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