Open Call

Inviting submissions NOW for a SUMMER SHOW this AUGUST!

(SCROLL PAST FOR INSTRUCTIONS RE: SOLO SHOWS, AND FOR HOUSE SPECS / DIMENSIONS)

Accepting submissions of miniature art works for a Summer Show across all 3 dollhouse galleries (maybe 4) in the Small House collection: Small House Gallery, Small House Two, Small House Cottage and maybe Small House Garage (if we still have access to it by then)

Who: Emerging and more established fine artists across all disciplines. Artists of underrepresented identities of any & all kinds are expressly welcome. Artists who work in miniature, want to depart from usual practice & experiment with small scale. Maquettes for large works welcome!

When: EXHIBITION DATES: 1st – 31st AUGUST 2021; CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 3rd JULY; DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF DELIVERED WORKS: 17th JULY 2021 (But preferably the week before!! Work arriving after the delivery deadline is not guaranteed to be shown, because curation will already have begun, but will be reviewed on a case by case basis)

Charges: £3.00 via PayPal.me/SmallHouseGallery would help towards covering the costs of running Small House Gallery (ongoing physical maintenance – parts, supplies, labour, time, time for admin for submissions, curation & nurturing of shows from pre-start to finish). I didn’t want to charge artists anything, but I have to for this show – a token amount of £3.00 feels fair. If you honestly can’t pay that and want to submit work still, get in touch.

Details: The prospect of filling all 3 (or 4) Small House Galleries with a diverse array of works by different artists at different stages of their careers for a Micro Summer Show is very exciting.

Depending on how much work is submitted, and on the type of works, it could be that we show it all in Small House Gallery One, or the larger Small House Two, or across both houses, or it may extend into Small House Cottage which is even bigger, but less ‘white cube’, and if it’s light, video or small scale sculpture, it maybe it even gets shown in, on or around Small House Garage if we still have it in our possession (TBC).

What we show will be up to you. Looking forward to seeing the artwork you’ll propose!

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Apply: Send submissions to the Big SMALL SUMMER OPEN opportunity on >>>>>> CuratorSpace<<<<<<<

Include:

  • NAME
  • PRONOUNS (Optional)
  • CITY / COUNTRY
  • CITY / COUNTRY OF ORIGIN (Optional)
  • ADDRESS
  • PHONE / EMAIL
  • CV / STATEMENT / BIO
  • ARTWORK TITLE (+ Year, Medium, Dimensions)
  • FILE (label w/ name & work’s title)
  • or LINK TO ARTWORK
  • WEBSITE / INSTA (etc)
  • PAYPAL RECEIPT RE: £3.00 PAYMENT TO: PayPal.me/SmallHouseGallery

Dates to Remember:

  • Cut-off Date: 3 July 2021
  • Absolute Deadline for Receiving Work: 17 July 2021 (Preferably the week before!!)
  • (We will not consider any work received after 17th July because the August summer show needs to start 1st August!)
  • Exhibition Dates: 1st – 31st August 2021
  • Deadline for Collecting Work: 12th September 2021 (18:00 hrs latest)
  • (Please make sure to arrange for pick up by 6pm, 12th September. We will have taken the work down by the 1st September to free up the 4 houses for their September solo shows, and we really won’t have anywhere safe to store 20-50-100 artists’ individual works beyond that date, so we reserve the right to charge a storage fee of £2.00 per day for each day the work is left with us beyond the 12th, or if not paid, to keep it, sell it, give it away or dispose of it in any way we see fit. We’re not doing this to be mean, but to be practical, and to motivate you to collect your work. If you don’t want to arrange for pick up, or you know that you want us to dispose of the work and you won’t be charged, please tell us this before 6pm on the 12th September!)

THANKS!

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We’re still accepting proposals for SOLO SHOWS

Emerging and more established fine artists across all disciplines are invited to apply for a solo show on a rolling deadline. Artists of underrepresented identities of any and all kinds are expressly welcome to propose work for shows in our Small House Galleries. Part of an artist collective? Group show proposals are welcome too. At this time, we’re particularly keen to see works with a sculptural, kinetic or time-based element to them, but that doesn’t mean we’re ruling out 2D works at all. We simply receive less proposals of a 3D/4D nature and would like to encourage more of them.

Also (as of March 2021) the two traditional dolls houses with the ‘white cube’ decor (Small House Galleries One and Two) are pretty much booked up until January 2022 (with a few exceptions).

Small House Cottage is free from now until whenever, except in August when it may be utilised for the Mega Mini Summer Open.

And Small House Garage could be a possibility until August, too. (TBC)

These two unusual spaces are harder to curate for, and artist tend to want ‘white cubes’ to show work in, but if you’re a trailblazer made of more experimental stuff and want to show in Small House Cottage or Garage, get in touch.

See instagram for #smallhousecottage and #smallhousegarage for more context

Small House Gallery Ext Dims OPEN CALL header.jpg
Now accepting proposals!

Visualise your miniature artworks here

Paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, digital sound pieces,
tiny-videos on tablets or mobile devices?

Group or solo shows, and mini-residencies considered

Proposals are welcome for interiors and exterior interventions

Excited to see what you will submit for this micro-site!

– SHG

Interior and exterior dimensions to Small House Gallery:

Scale of dollshouse is 1:12. There is flexible mains electric lighting fitted throughout = 3 x swivel spotlights per floor (12v)


NB: We have expanded our family of Small House Galleries. Small House Two is the same as Small House Gallery One (the iconic original) but with the addition of a lower ground (basement) floor and the possibility of improvising a fifth level on the roof.

We have also unexpectedly acquired a vintage handmade designer-pimped dolls house that we are calling Small House Cottage, which is actually the largest of the three houses, with two storeys, 8 bedrooms, generously proportioned stairwells and landings, two chimney-breasts, a built-in kitchen, large-print wallpaper and carpeting. We haven’t installed any lighting yet, and we might decide not to. It would suit work that can handle a certain kind of experimental approach to its display.

And, as if that weren’t exciting enough, we’re collaborating with Mac’s Garage (a toy made by artist Iain MacLaren’s father and outgrown by Iain’s now teenaged son) and renovating it with him so maybe it will be useable by the next generation of grandkids, but while it’s in our care, we’re calling that project Small House Garage and it’s a perfect venue for indoor/’outdoor’ sculpture, video works, and miniature light installations.

(Preliminary pictures of the new ‘acquisitions’ are below; dimensions for all three will follow suit.)

Small House Gallery still lives in the art studio, along with temporary micro gallery project pop-up Small House Garage.

Small House Two and Small House Cottage are on display in the eat-in kitchen of a private residence, therefore can only be viewed online (or by invitation/appointment when restrictions lift sufficiently).


SMALL HOUSE TWO with its additional lower ground floor / basement:

(Above) Left: Small House Two having just been renovated with indoor lighting and a stucco frontage (or painted pebble-dashing) – it came with a black painted roof, which was impossible to remove, so we went with it, we think it looks good with the new frontage. We’ve kept the rubber wood trim unpainted (for now). Small House Two is currently residing on a kitchen table in a secure family home in South London. It’s too big for the current shared studio space. Right: Small House Two interiors, shown in full colour, with 6″ x 6″ paintings on paper by Edori Fertig (Meditations in Blue, 2021) in the top three floors, and furnished as a lobby / reception area in the lower ground floor extension.

(Above) Left: ‘God’s Eye View’ of the Small House Two basement annex (pre-renovations); Right: Front elevation view of the lower ground floor of Small House Two and the site office (before the decorators and electricians arrived)


SMALL HOUSE GARAGE:

(Above) Small House Garage (aka Mac’s Garage) is on indefinite / temporary loan to us and is perfect for even small scale sculpture, cell phone videos and tiny light installations. We are not certain of the scale yet. (It was hand made from scratch and may not consistently conform to any standard scale. Dimensions coming soon if we’ve still got it for, or beyond, the Big Small Summer Open)

Works seen in the sample photos are: Caduceus (pewter sculpture, by Victoria Rance), Voice Portrait of Seamus Heaney (spectrogram of the poet’s voice printed on acrylic cube, by Giovanna Iorio), Pincushion Snowplow (toy car turned pin cushion, by Liz Honeybone) and Miniature Museum (small found trinkets in decorated gum packaging by Edori Fertig)


SMALL HOUSE COTTAGE


Notes on submissions for Solo and Group Shows:

Go to >>>>>>Curatorspace.com<<<<<<<

Please try to include as much of the following:  

  • Your name(s)
  • City / country of birth
  • Current country / city of residence (if different)
  • Full postal address
  • Telephone number (+ dialing codes)
  • Email address
  • Your professional web or blog links
  • Artist statement with Bio
  • CV / resume
  • Up to 10 x jpeg images of proposed work (drawings, sketches, photos, video stills) or links to video or sound works, labelled as: YourName_WorkTitle_Date
    (Please try to keep total combined files under 25mb)
  • Image list (Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions)
  • Proof of submission fee payment of £3.00 to Small House Gallery’s PayPal.me account: PayPal.me/SmallHouseGallery
  • Deadline: None

Please also try to include:

  • A brief essay/outline of your vision for a show at Small House Gallery, Small House Two, or Small House Cottage.
  • Preferred timeline (for sending work, showing it, shipping back, etc. For example, if you are still in the process of making the work, are you proposing it for 3 months from now? or is the work finished and ready to ship and exhibit now? What’s your ideal length for your show? a couple of weeks? a month?

Let’s try to make it happen!

Read FAQs below, and if you have any further questions, contact us.

Submissions are open    –>  here  <–    (via Curator Space).


FAQs

Q. Are there any fees for submitting or exhibiting?

A. We truly wanted to keep the project completely free to artists, and we managed to do so for the first 6 months of Small House’s lockdown revival.*

But we can no longer afford to offer this opportunity for free. We just can’t. We either charge a nominal fee (asking for tips/donations didn’t work) or we shut it down. We’re trying to get to the point where we’re attractive enough to arts funding bodies, or for corporate sponsorship, or ‘something’, but we’re not there yet. Maybe with double the amount of followers, or triple – not sure what it it’s going to take. The current completely free model is unsustainable; we’re too far out of pocket for the the time, care, attention to detail, and unpaid labour, the wholly self funded purchases of parts/equipment/materials required to maintain even just the physical ‘buildings,’ not to mention the upkeep of the online stuff which is integral to the project’s survival.

So we’re charging a nominal fee for applying and a nominal amount to exhibit with us if selected. We want to keep it down to a fair and accessible amount, but we ask that if you can afford to give more, please do so generously.

FEES:
£3.00 to SUBMIT a PROPOSAL for a show.**
£15.00 (minimum) if SELECTED.
(To pay, copy and paste this PayPal.me address into a search window >>>>> PayPal.me/smallhousegallery <<<<< )

We want to keep it low so that selected artists who are truly struggling will not be barred from showing work with us.
IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO PAY MORE, PLEASE DO. That additional money can then be used to help another artist exhibit. It will help us keep the project ticking along more smoothly, less precariously, and potentially saves us from the need to resort to begging for donations or tips. We’re leaving it to you to decide what amount ‘more’ comes to.

We’re not trying to profit from artists. We’re trying to survive, same as many of you. We want to keep art alive in our lives and connect with other artists around the world, promote their work to new audiences, expose them to new opportunities. We need to pay the studio rent and the unexpected expenses that arise for the project along the way. We’ll have to trust people not to take advantage of our good intentions for this low fee honour system structure.

*(The project started in 2016 and was free back then too, but it was really just a personal project open only to artist friends who never got to take advantage of the opportunity before it got literally shelved on top of a wardrobe and forgotten about. We began renovations late into the first Covid lockdown out of sheer boredom, and the first Open Call went live just before the second lockdown began.)

**(Proposals of one or two works to the Big Small House Summer Open (at the very top of the page) are £2 minimum per submission with no fee to participate. Additional donations or tips are always appreciated and definitely helps towards the upkeep of the project overall, and to help us break even rather than being out of pocket and unable to be able to afford to continue.)

Q. Can I send digital files and you put them up on the website for me?

A. Sorry, no. It is not a ‘virtual space’ in that sense. The project is a physical site and requires artists/representatives to send physical artworks to London, UK. Even if the work is digital in nature, decide how it’s to be shown – prints? a video? other? and then send the physical works, and if necessary, the means to show it as you wish it to be viewed. You can send your small screen devices such as old mobile/cell phones, or mini projectors, or whatever it is – but it will need to fit in the Small House spaces or be physically attached to the house somehow without damaging the structure (unless you’re happy to pay the costs of replacing the house, the electrics and the redecorating, etc. We recognise that sometimes destruction is part of the creation, but you’d need to cover the costs for all damages, and that’s around £500-700.00 minimum depending on which ‘house’ it is, and that’s not even counting labour hours yet). You would be responsible for the cost of shipping these items to the gallery and back, and all the works and accompanying equipment must be insured by you, so be aware of all this before submitting. We are not a funded gallery (we don’t charge fees, and we don’t get paid!) and so we can’t pay to print out copies of the works from files you send us, or for your postage to and from the gallery, or provide small screen devices or projectors for your work. We wish we could, but we can’t. Maybe if at some point we get sponsorship or a grant this will change(?) but for now, nope.

You will be asked to send files and links so we can put them up on the website along with images documenting the installation of your physical works in the physical house. Hopefully that’s clear? Any questions can be asked here, or via CuratorSpace.

Q. Do you take commission on artwork sales?

A. If you are lucky enough to sell any of the works through or as a result of your Small House Gallery exhibition, we would appreciate a commission of 20% for that/those sale/s. If a sale comes through to you and the buyer mentions having seen it on our website or social media platforms, we would be really chuffed if you would honour that arrangement, but we cannot and would not want to enforce such a thing. It’s really just a nominal courtesy, and would help towards admin and running costs. If you would like to offer a higher commission in line with what ‘real’ galleries take (35-75%), we wouldn’t say no, but that’s only if you’re feeling super flush and want to be mega-generous! In our experience 20% feels fair all round, and we’re operating on an ‘honour-system’ rather than demanding a contractual obligation. That may evolve and change in future, but for now, it’s pretty loose and easy.

Q. How long will the Small House Project be going on for?

A. For as long as it lasts. Several months, maybe a few years, we’ll see! It depends on how long we can sustain it as a self funded venture, or whether we are able to secure financial support through collaborative sponsorship or a grant of some kind.

Q. Is there a deadline for submissions?

A. At the moment there is no deadline for submitting.

Q. Where is Small House Gallery based?

A. Mainly, it’s based in the online webosphere. But for purposes of sending your work and viewing it, currently it’s in a (lockable) she-shed (an ex-darkroom) within a shared art studio in South London (UK), off the tube line but well-served by loads of buses and a near to handful of overland train stations. It occasionally will travel to other exhibition spaces at the invitation of curators for group shows and open house events. You will be informed in advance if the Small House will be exhibited in another 3D space during your show’s proposed timeline, or if an opportunity to show in another gallery arises while your work is being shown; it will not be moved to another location without your knowledge and explicit consent.

Q. Will there be a preview and closing party for my Small House Gallery exhibition?

A. In its current, intimate location, no, not in way of the traditional grand gallery opening-night private view party. It may, however, suit a very small salon-type gathering of a few choice guests and a very strict guest list. We have to be respectful of the shared workspace the Small House Gallery inhabits, and its neighbour artists. When the project travels to spaces of a more public nature, then yes, absolutely. If your show corresponds to an official Open Studio event, then yes, a small party would be allowed (when Covid restrictions are lifted and it’s safe to do so), but not at other times.

Q. I am an artist based abroad. I am interested in sending a proposal for the Small House Gallery. Do you accept proposals if the work is shipped? Or must the artist be present and install the work?

A. Yes, absolutely, if you can make sure all shipping and customs costs (including insurance) are covered. And if you have definite installing needs and send clear instructions with your initial proposal and even more explicit instructions with the shipped work, then you shouldn’t need to be present.

Q. I want to show video(s) in the Small House. Do you have projectors, tablets or phones I could use for my exhibition?

A. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not. Artists need to supply their own equipment for showing video, and to ensure that they are in good working order for the initial shoot, at the very least. Since the show lives predominantly online, this may be enough time to secure your show in viewers’ imaginations, and on the website for posterity, even if the physical ‘real life’ show can’t be sustained for longer than that due to lack of handheld screens or whatever. You can perhaps source devices from sites like Gumtree, or a local neighbourhood network (ie. the Next Door App), or borrow from friends and relatives, or even try to secure a loan or sponsorship from one of the makers or suppliers of the devices themselves. If it’s just for a limited time period, it’s not unheard of. There may also be the possibility of finding a/v equipment in an online swap shop forum, lending library or hiring club — these definitely do exist out there for borrowing/hiring/renting art-making tools and film-making equipment. You’d have to meet certain criteria – invigilation, security, insurance – but it’s doable. (For example, if you’re in Wales, you could try artsconnection.org.uk. For London there’s fatllama.com/.)

Q. I want to propose an intervention that could destroy the surfaces or integral structure of the Small House Gallery. Would that be accepted?

A. Destruction of the Small House Gallery would be a very undesirable and upsetting outcome, and is therefore is highly discouraged. All damages would need to be paid for and made good again by you, and could result in your having to foot the bill for it being expertly remade to a high enough standard from scratch (then repainted and re-wired properly) which would not be cheap. Replacing the house alone costs between £400 and £700 (depending on if it’s Small House Gallery One or Small House Two, and that’s not counting the electrics and decor, materials and labour.
Some interventions, however, might be open for consideration as long as they do not risk or cause permanent damage to the surfaces or structure of the Small House Gallery, or if they do risk, imply or intend permanent damage or destruction, contractual assurances would need to be agreed with regards to costs of making good again, or replacing and re-fitting/decorating to a high standard the gallery so that it is restored to exactly the state it was in before the application was submitted and agreed. The cost of which would be determined as and when such a proposal is submitted and accepted by Small House Gallery, and if the terms are agreeable to you, we’ve got ourselves a show.
(Looking at you, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Wilson, Cornelia Parker.)

Further questions? Get in touch.

Submit –>  here  <–    (via Curator Space).

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