Open Call: Exhibitions and Main Spaces

Open Call: Exhibitions and Main Spaces

Deadline to submit December 6, 2020

Deadline to submit December 6, 2020

February 1, 2020 — December 6, 2020

We are currently seeking proposals for Group Exhibitions in our gallery space, Solo Projects + Installations in our gallery space, and short-term Main Spaces Projects!

Review the guidelines for open calls for gallery exhibitions and projects in our main spaces, and apply by December 6, 2020!

Take a look below or on our proposal page for full details and guidelines, or download a PDF of the guidelines here.

Submit your proposal here.

Proposal Guidelines

About the Exhibition Program – Group Exhibitions

The Group Exhibition Open Call provides curators the resources to organize group exhibitions (two or more artists) in our gallery space. Knockdown Center provides an exhibition stipend to cover curator and artist honorarium in addition to costs associated with shipping, materials, publications, and programming. Exhibitions are typically 6 – 8 weeks and allotted 5 days to install.

Knockdown Center Gallery Exhibition Budget Guidelines – Group Exhibition
Curatorial Honorarium: Curators receive a $500 curatorial honorarium per exhibition. In the case of a co-curated exhibition, the curatorial honoraria is divided between curators.
Artist Honoraria: Each artist included in an exhibition receives a $100 honorarium.
Shipping, Material, or Production Costs: KDC will reimburse up to $500 upon the submission of receipts for:

– Artwork shipping
– Material costs for special installation needs

Programming: KDC offers $400 to support exhibition-related programs. Programs may include but are not limited to: panel discussions, screenings, readings, performances, or a closing reception.

Knockdown Center Support
Knockdown Center provides the following exhibition-related support:

– Art handler for installation and de-installation up to 22 hours.
– Fine Art Insurance coverage for all dates of the exhibition.
– Title vinyl production and installation.
– Marketing support.
– In-house installation photography.

Please consider the floorplans when imagining your project:
Download Gallery Floorplans Here

About the Exhibition Program – Solo Projects and Installations

The Solo Projects and Installations Open Call provides interdisciplinary artists and collectives the resources to develop and present a new body of work or site-specific installation in our gallery space. Artists will work in closely with Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art to develop and realize proposed projects. Knockdown Center provides an exhibition stipend to cover artist honorarium in addition to costs associated with shipping, materials, publications, and programming. Exhibitions are typically 6 – 8 weeks, and allotted 5 days to install.

Knockdown Center Gallery Exhibition Budget Guidelines – Solo Projects and installations
Artist Honorarium: Artists receive a $500 curatorial honorarium per exhibition. In the case of a co-produced project, the honoraria is divided between artists.
Shipping, Material, or Production Costs: KDC will reimburse up to $500 upon the submission of receipts for:

– Artwork shipping
– Material costs for special installation needs

Programming: KDC offers $400 to support exhibition-related programs. Programs may include but are not limited to: panel discussions, screenings, readings, performances, or a closing reception.

Knockdown Center Support
Knockdown Center provides the following exhibition-related support:

– Curatorial support from Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.
– Art handler for installation and de-installation up to 22 hours.
– Fine Art Insurance coverage for all dates of the exhibition.
– Title vinyl production and installation.
– Marketing support.
– In-house installation photography.

Please consider the floorplans when imagining your project:
Download Gallery Floorplans Here

About Main Spaces Projects and Application Process

Knockdown Center’s Main Spaces are our most active spaces. Because they are in extremely high demand, projects proposing for the Main Spaces should plan to use them as efficiently as possible, and should not exceed 2 weeks in duration. Main Space projects can take the form of large-scale temporary installations, dance, theater, readings, talks, screenings, conferences, etc.

The Main Spaces proposal is a multi-step process. In the first round, we invite artists and organizers to submit a letter of intent describing the project they wish to produce. After a first round of reviews, a shortlist of selected applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal, and the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth conversation with Knockdown Center’s staff about the nature of the space and what kind of support Knockdown Center can offer to realize the proposed project.

Please consider the following logistical factors and spatial limitations when conceptualizing your proposal:
– The Main Spaces are in extremely high demand and should be used as efficiently as possible. Developmental residencies and extended rehearsal periods are therefore not feasible.
– The Main Spaces are open-plan, multi-use, and often shared.
– The Main Spaces receive abundant natural night. Please consider this aspect of the space when conceptualizing multi-day projects that might require light control such as video and light installations.

Please consider the floorplans when imagining your project:
Download Floorplans Here

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