Friday, March 2, 2012

Blueprint - Open Call

Blueprint, a new open call for aspiring curators, is launching today!  We hope it will support and encourage new curatorial voices wishing to exchange ideas on contemporary practice and engage audiences with fresh perspectives.

We invite passionate and ambitious emerging curators to submit exhibition proposals for our 1000 square foot space, for 2 group shows taking place in June and July 2012.

The chosen curators or teams shall install their show over a 9 day period. The show itself will be open for 3 days, in keeping with the micro-show approach of Motorcade/FlashParade. During this period, the curator will present a curators talk in the space. The selected curators will also provide a short text to accompany their show, that engages both specialist audiences and wider sections of the public in the debates that the exhibitions address.

Blueprint is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

2012’s Blueprint competition will be selected by our panel of judges who we are proud to announce as

Ruth Claxton (Artist and Associate Director, Eastside Projects, Birmingham)
Gordon Dalton (Artist, Curator, Mermaid & Monster, Cardiff)
Paul O'Neill (curator, artist, writer, Bristol).

Application Deadline: Midnight, Tuesday 3rd April

Curators selected and all applicants notified by: Monday 16th April

Show dates:

Blueprint first installment 
Installation: Tuesday 19th – Wednesday 27th June
Preview: Thursday 28th June (Exhibition continues 29th – 1st July)

Blueprint second installment
Installation: Tuesday 3rd July – Wednesday 11th July
Preview: Thursday 12th July (Exhibition continues 13th – 15th July)

Blueprint is open to emerging artists and curators based in the south west and Wales. Current MA students and 3rd year BA students (degrees relating to fine art or curating) based in these areas are also eligible to apply. 


Applications are by email to 

Download the form here. Or email to request a form


A combination of images and video works may be submitted up to a maximum of 6 total items.

Application form

Completed and saved as an MS Word.doc or .docx file in this format: SURNAME.Initial.BPApp.doc/docx

Project Proposal

A proposal of up to 750 words to include the following:
·         A synopsis of the overall project outlining the main concepts
·         Indications of selected artists and relevant works
·         How you would use this space specifically and its significance to the project

Save the proposal as an MS Word.doc or .docx file in this format: SURNAME.Initial.BPProp.doc/docx


Up to 6 jpeg images, no larger than 1mb each, should be sent as attachments and saved in the following format: SURNAME.Initial.Image number.Title.jpg

Image List

An image list corresponding to the Image numbers of the attached jpeg images, saved as an MS Word.doc or .docx file: SURNAME.Initial.Image list.doc/docx.


Links to up to 6 online video works/documentation of works, up to a maximum 3 minutes each. To be included in the above image list document.


CV saved as SURNAME.Initial.CV.doc/docx

A travel budget of up to £150 will be made available to assist in the transportation of works.