18 May 2014

OPEN CALL | 7th Annual Members Show




Closing Date for Submissions by email, June 6th, 2014 at 4pm

As part of our continued commitment to support our membership, 126 is delighted to announce a call out for its 7th Annual Members’ Show. 126 is grateful for the financial and moral support of its members and each year offers this special opportunity to exhibit their work. The members shows are usually selected by the board and have taken place at various times over the years. This year, with generous support from the Galway Arts Festival, we would like to present the work of our members to the international audience that visit the festival from 14th - 27th of July.

To develop this exhibition, we are delighted to announce Paul McAree as curator. McAree is founder of FLOOD, Dublin, a contemporary art project in Dublin city. FLOOD has hosted several group exhibitions including artists Michelle Browne, Alan Butler, Martin Healy, Nevan Lahart, Beatriz Olabarrieta, and Suzanne Treister, a commissioned publication by artist Kevin Atherton, and printed projects with Theresa Nanigian, Terry Atkinson, and Flávia Müller Medeiros. McAree is also Exhibitions and Events Co-ordinator at Lismore Castle Arts in Waterford. Previously McAree worked at Breaking Ground, Tate Modern and Ikon Gallery Birmingham.

While the call for entries is wide open, McAree is particularly interested in work which is conscious of the process of an artwork's journey from studio to gallery, and the questioning and contesting of an artwork's autonomy. This could be work which is concerned with the physicality of its own construction, to work which is overtly about exhibition and display, looking and meaning.126 invites members to submit work in any medium. Submissions are by email only to contact@126.ie. The deadline for submissions is June 6that 4pm. Please title the email “7TH ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW” and include a description of proposed work (Max 500 words), images of proposed work, an artists statement and CV in PDF FORMAT ONLY.

The financial contribution of our membership is invaluable. It helps support our strong programme of unconventional and international art exhibitions. One year's membership costs €10 to students/unwaged or €20 to those with a wage. You can also support us further by becoming a 'Friend of 126' for €50 or 'Patron of 126 for €250. Just drop in to the gallery to join up or you can use paypal through our website www.126.ie/member. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 that supports our aims.

The Annual Members’ Show is a vital part of 126. It is open to all members and is a great opportunity for emerging artists. We also encourage members to make exhibition proposals throughout the year. In addition to this, 126 members will have access to discounted rates on a number of events throughout the year including, workshops, seminars and screenings. Invitations and opportunities to take part in 126 projects and collaborations throughout the programme year are offered to current 126 members only. Members can also avail of listing a link to their website from the 126 website.