Thursday, 10 September 2009

Artists' brief

When: April-May 2010 (work to be delivered March 2010)
What: Work in any media suitable for display in or around old-fashioned sweet jars in a retail environment
Where: West Quarter shopping district, Exeter, Devon (then touring)
Who: Most places are already taken, but if you would like to be considered for this or future shows, please email a brief CV, 3 x images of work and/or website address where work can be viewed to[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk
Charges to artists: None
Fee for artists: Dependent on funding
Taking as its focus the classic 1960‘s sweet shop jar, this show is an opportunity to create a piece of artwork to be exhibited in shop windows along Exeter’s Fore Street and New Bridge Street.

This far western part of Exeter's main street has escaped colonisation by chain stores and is home to many small and independent outlets. There is a hardware shop, hairdressers, surf shop, tattooist, book shop, record shop, shoemaker, bridal shop and herbalist, amongst others.

Artists are invited to respond to the jars as entities in themselves (eg as objects of display, nostalgia or containment) and/or to the site (ie the nature of the shops as they are now or were in the past). This local history site gives a feel for the street past and present.

Jars are approximately 12cm W x 10cm deep x 30cm high, with screwtop lids (the neck is approx 8.5cm in diameter. You can either make work to the jar's specifications or we will post a jar to you for you to fill and return. We hope to be arranging collections of completed work in Plymouth, Durham and Manchester - as well as Exeter.
More pictures of Exeter's West Quarter below.

Pictures from Exeter's West Quarter