After two years of snowballing success Chrom-Art is pleased to announce the Call for Artists for our upcoming third Edition of #TRIBE17 International Art Festival.
An international urban Art festival involving cross-disciplinary Arts including 2D art works, sculpture, street art, art installations, immersive virtual reality experiences, music, dance and performance, #TRIBE17 will be held in one of the most EXCITING venues in the heart of London.
Dates of the #TRIBE17 Festival:
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October 2017
In order to express what love is, or the love we can feel, we use tangible, understandable structures – words, visual elements, music, touch. It's our attempt to refer to something that is by default abstract and ineffable, but deeply present in our everyday life. The epistemology of love tries precisely to understand how we manage to express love and this has involved philosophy, art, language and theory of emotions since the ancient Greeks.
A very modern example of how the expression of love, especially in digital communication, has been simplified can be found in the use of XOXO – hugs and kisses – as a written gesture of sincerity, love and good friendship. X and O have come to adopt many meanings throughout the ages. For christianity, the cross is the ultimate expression of love and sacrifice for others. A ring is also a universal sign for love and commitment. The more recent emoticon-inspired interpretation is that an "X" is stylized representation of two mouths kissing, while "O" shows two pairs of arms coming together to complete a hug.
With XOXO@OXO we invite artists to explore any manifestations of the abstract concept of love, the need to have them, their effectiveness against hate and division, and their ability to originate more love.
To reflect the experimental and innovative nature of the show, #TRIBE17 will be held this year at OXO Bargehouse, a distinctive Central London landmark boasting 1400 m2 of warehouse space over five floors.
Artists are required to submit a strong, cohesive body of work produced within the last three years preferably responding to the theme of LOVE manifestation, and addressing the uniqueness of the space. Moving image and installation works are particularly welcome.
If work will be created specifically for the show, artist are encouraged to keep in mind that #TRIBE17 is an interactive, participative and collaborative experience for both artists taking part and the public attending. The broad scope of the project is to facilitate a social-artistic experience that will enable artists to manifest the innate human ability to work together towards a goal that is greater than the addition of the parts. An ability that is largely spontaneous, fast and auto coordinated.
Lead curators: Beata Kozlowska and Kris Cieslak
HOW TO APPLY:
(Please read the terms & conditions below beforehand.
For performances, please wait as we are launching a separate dedicated call. Keep an eye in our website/social media, CHROM magazine, or join our newsletter so you don't miss it)
We require the following:
- Short biography and artist statement (up to 250 words in total). Please note that the theme of Love Manifestations is NOT mandatory in order to apply.
- up to 8 images of recent work with individual prices in British pounds if for sale.
Applicants for must submit the above via email in a 2 page document preferably in .PDF format of no more than two sides of A4 including illustrations.
We will not accept proposals longer than two sides, nor attached images separate to the document or website links as a proposal component.
For video submissions: please include the link to the videos in the 2 page document, not in the body of the email.
The deadline for proposal applications is midnight Monday 31st July BST and our decisions will be made and announced by the end of the first week in August.
Send your applications filling the form:
Why you should apply to #TRIBE17:
- Our previous two editions have been a tremendous success. Only last year we featured over 120 emerging and mid career artists and attracted 4500 visitors over a weekend.
- TRIBE Festivals attract artists from all over the world, coming to London from far away countries like Russia, Brazil, China and all over Europe.
- A solid new multidisciplinary concept driven by the talent of the selected artists, growing fast through word of mouth, and pushed by innovative PR campaigns in press and social media have quickly turned TRIBE Festivals into a destination.
- Our new venue, Oxo Bargehouse, is a unique landmark riverside location with a average of 30,000 visitors walking along every day, 5 minutes walk from both the Southbank Centre and Tate Modern.
- Our biggest budget item is promotion. As we are a 100% volunteer run non-for-profit, all moneys go to setting up the event, and mostly to promotion of the event and participating artists.
- Access to our exclusive growing network of architects, bespoke property developers and interior design firms.
- Opportunity to join Chrom-Art Club, where we offer unique showcasing opportunities and preferential terms to our artists’ network. We organise a range of special events throughout the year, some only available to Chrom-Art Club members.
- Dedicated feature in CHROM Magazine, shared with our 50,000 social media followers.
- Sales and invigilation are assisted by 40+ trained volunteers from our organisation, and provided by University College London and Greater London Authority
- If you are a current or recent graduate or post-graduate art student in UK, please enquire for our Maecenas programme where we find private sponsors to pay for your participation if selected.
Terms and Conditions:
- Available space for hire for selected artists with opportunity to sell: selected artists will be required to transfer a fee of £125 that allows them to have available 1m square area and a wall surface of 1m wide x 2.5m height, or 1 plinth in the case of sculpture. Additional square meters can be purchased at the same price to a maximum of 3m (or 3 plinths) per selected artist.
- Special space requirements for other disciplines (like installation, video) or any other kind of artistic expression that need specific arrangements will be discussed individually based on submitted proposals.
- Large scale installations will be paid for by the organisation, subject to funding and specifications.
- Artists with opportunity to sell will be charged a 10% commission on sale of each art work. Chrom-Art provides space and promotion, however artists are required to arrange the set up and take down of their pieces. If you require assistance with the hanging of your works, our teem can do this for you. There is a £25 hanging fee.
- Non-UK resident participating artists intending to send their works should consider not only the transport costs to deliver artworks to the venue on time, but also customs duties if applicable, and the cost of returning the works to their original countries if these are not sold.
'I have been part of the ‘tribe’ for two years now and the it has given me reason to paint, carry on painting and inspired me to produce more art as I always felt appreciated and loved and they always make me feel energised and honoured to get out and show my work and I always received massive support from the team. The event is very popular, well organised, very approachable and friendly team always there to help and I got to meet so many incredibly talented artists from across the arts and made so new friends and every year I look forward to this event as to be honest the highlight of my ‘art’ career and one of the most exciting events in London. Friends from Italy, family from france and Italy… everybody came to see me during those days and attend the event and it was just wonderful and fun.
The event are always organised with love and passion and are going from strength to strength. I look forward for the new Tribe and I just cannot wait :) '
Stefano Cesario, artist
'Tribe16 was my first ever exhibition and I was very lucky for this to be with the Chrom-Art team. This is an amazing group of people who are passionate about their volunteer work, and I stress volunteer because all the proceeds go back into developing the careers of emerging artists. As this was more than a visual arts event (performance and installation), I was able to connect with my fellow peers from different creative disciplines. The feel of the event is genuine and organic – from my interactions with the audience and fellow artists to the venue and organizers. Since Tribe16, I have continued to work with the Chrom-Art in other avenues to promote my work and career. Much respect to the team and keep up the good work!'
KV Duong, artist
‘I have participated in the Tribe festival since it started a couple of years ago. It’s great fun, very upbeat, lots of interesting artists and visitors and a good opportunity to meet, network, collaborate.
The Chrom-Art team always work tirelessly and passionately to ensure it is the best it can be.’
Sal Jones, artist
'Tribe 16 was my first art experience ever, since then I have participated in many other art events but no one has the amusing mixture of every style from so many perspectives. You also managed to select great works accompanied but the coolest team of people. For me it was an amazing launch to the art world, I made friendships, professional contacts, I sold my first paintings, I learnt lots from all and I had an smashing fun during both years.
Everyone is so looking forward :) ♡ '
Maria Linares Freire, artist
"Tribe is a family friendly creative extravaganza"
William Hughes, artist
Our Maecenas Programme is open to current UK based art students or recent graduates or post-graduates. We match new artists with a pool of private philanthropists that will cover the Festival participation fees for the selected applicants.
The Chrom-Art team also visits many degree shows in order to scout talent. So far we have visited the following events this year in London:
02 Barge House St, London SE1 9GY