Please hold for further announcements on your ‘Penumbra’ application. We’re currently working on our artist shortlist and will respond to your submission very shortly.
Vivacious Exhibition Realisation Bureau (VERB) is looking for artist submissions for its first outing as a dynamic collective of young artists and curators.
VERB is a creative collective united by its members’ shared aspiration to deliver a broad range of innovative and unique art events through exploring challenging themes and showcasing inspiring artists. The group members have diverse experience, with backgrounds ranging from art history, fine art and curation to radio.
(n. An area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree. A fringe region of half shadow. An outlying surrounding region; a periphery.)
VERB’s first project, Penumbra, will be a group exhibition exploring liminality; the moment of transition from one state to another. This uncertain state has long been associated with danger, but also contains the potential for a positive transformation. The show will celebrate ambiguity, taking Victor Turner’s view that it is a creative and liberating position.
“Liminality may perhaps be regarded as the Nay to all positive structural assertions, but as in some sense the source of them all, and, more than that, as a realm of pure possibility whence novel configurations of ideas and relations may arise.”
We are looking for works in any media that relate to the ambiguous, transitional or peripheral. Pieces may focus on liminal people(s), rites of passage, ‘non-places’, gender, paradigm shifts or something less defined. VERB is committed to providing exposure to artists in all stages of their career. In keeping with the subject matter of this exhibition, we are particularly interested in proposals from artists whose location or practices place them in the periphery of the art world.
To apply: Artists can submit either previously made works (max. 3) by sending images/audio/video/links with written descriptions, OR written proposals for new work in addition to images/audio/video/links showing previous works (max. 3). The submitted works and proposals should be accompanied by an artist statement (300 – 500 words) and a CV. A link to a website can also be included.
Please email your submission to VERBureau@gmail.com by 6 November 2013.
The exhibition will take place in late Spring 2014 in London (venue TBC).
Subject to funding, we hope to pay a small artist’s fee for inclusion in the show.
1 Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual (Ithaca, NY: Cornell U P, 1967) 97