Codes of Faith
International Deadline: 23th of November 2017
Time to Change the World
Following on from the incredible success of last year’s show, Codes of Faith, Laura I. Gallery is calling once again for artists to submit work that passionately addresses the themes of Faith and God.
As I’m sure you are aware, there currently isn’t anything like this right now in the UK, and following the dreadful terrorist attacks in London, Manchester and Paris, we want to stand courageous in the face of adversity, bringing people together through powerful art that deals with the importance of unity and diversity, and underlies that no one should feel fear in their community.
Last year’s exhibition, a collaboration with the University Of East London, inspired thousands of people of all faiths and nationalities and sent a positive message of hope that embraces humanity.
This year we plan to make it even bigger and better. We want people to submit work that showcases how they envision God, or Faith, or which are generated or inspired by their own religious beliefs.
All approaches to addressing these themes are not only welcomed, but encouraged. Work may be representative, interactive or narrative provided it depicts your own personal beliefs and can express your own religion, the fact that you are a non-believer, your own strong commitment to faith, or your personal search for it.
Faith is a result of personal experience and with the support of Barking and Dagenham council, alongside the many faith based organizations involved in the exhibition, we hope people will embrace the diversity of opinions and cultures represented in a spirit of unity and peace, promoting on-going friendship and harmony in spite of our differences.
This opportunity is open to everyone above the age of 18 from any nationality and culture. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works addressing in some considerable way the theme of faith or God. All media and genre of visual art are eligible (abstract, narrative, realism, conceptual, etc) besides video.
• One prize of £200 sponsored by Laura I. Gallery
•Free talisman designed and sponsored by Kavita Jewellery
Talisman with Ganesha and Rudhraksham beads. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies . Rudhraksham is a natural seed traditionally used as prayer beads It is supposed to protect the wearer.
Artwork sizes and weights are designed to ensure Laura I. Gallery can manage the installation, display and safety of the artworks whilst on temporary display.
The maximum artwork size for both 2D and 3D works is 100cm x 100cm, inclusive of the frame. The maximum weight is 15kg.
JURY & CURATOR
This exhibition will be juried by both the gallery curator and the event sponsors, who together will make the final selections.
How to apply:
First please make the payment and then download the application form.
When emailing images, it is preferred that you include the title, “Faith Submission” in the body of the email and attach a 200 word statement explaining the work submitted, along with the completed application form. Please attach images to the email as well in our application form. If you prefer to be considered for our other opportunities please send your sketches and workshop proposal in your application form.
If you apply it means that you agree with our terms and conditions:
10 £ for up to three entries submitted. 5£ per each additional entry.
“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.”
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM
• 23 November 2017: Deadline for receipt of entries (however we appreciate early submissions!)
• 25th November 2017: Notifications will be sent by email to all winning entrants.
• November the 28th 2017: Hi-res images are required no later than this date for catalogue and PR purposes.
• December 5th 2017: Delivery of Artwork to Laura I. Gallery
• 7th December 2017: 18.30: Opening Reception – Announcement of prize winners and a speech from Cllr. Saima Ashraf.
• 9th December 2017, 13.00: Artists Talk – Artists will be invited to talk about their work, the theme of the exhibition and why it is relevant in today's world.
• 11th December, 17.00: Live discussion with the community about the theme. Project run by Phillippa Banister, Community Engagement Coordinator, Strategy and Programmes.
• 12th December to 20th December: Schools and faith organizations will be invited to participate in faith-awareness art sessions. Number of artists to hold the workshop will depend on the number of organizations who wish to participate.
• 20th of December 2017: Final day of the exhibition.
•20th of December 2017 : Collection of all displayed work.
Due to the large number of applications expected, it is not possible to reply to every unsuccessful application. If you have not received a response within one week of the closing date for submissions, please assume that your application has not been successful this time.
For more information about our past exhibition please click on these links:
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Laura I. is a young and exciting, contemporary art gallery in Barking, London, dedicated to a programme of inspiring and innovative events.
The gallery was inaugurated by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Cllr. Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Borough Council in September 2016. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, recently winning a place as a finalist at the prestigious Thames Gateway Business Awards 2017 for its cultural impact on the community.