Galerie Biesenbach Call For Artists: ART MATTERS

Submissions for our new online competition ART MATTERS Special Summer Edition are now open!

For our 1st special edition, there is now also a thematic requirement for your applications for the first time: Landscapes! No matter whether figurative or abstract, no matter in which medium: There are no limits to the creative representation of landscapes! How do we want to define “landscape”? Surprise us!

With our 8th open call, we are looking for 9 international artists to feature in our upcoming online exhibition ART MATTERS Summer 2023 (from 19 to 28 August) with their submitted artworks on our website and Instagram account.

From the 9 finalists, we will select 1 winner of the competition and invite him/her to participate in a group exhibition on the theme of “Landscapes” in our gallery in Cologne (project planned for 2024).

Another 27 artists will be selected to receive an “Honourable Mention” in our Instagram stories during the duration of the ART MATTERS Summer 2023 exhibition.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be able to continue this project, we have once again made the considered decision to charge a registration/processing fee of 15€ (see below). This fee covers part of our administrative costs and is non-refundable.

To apply, please read the following FAQ carefully and then fill in the application form below. By applying for ART MATTERS Summer 2023 you agree to the conditions of participation.

FAQ / Conditions of Participation

Who can apply?

  • Our Open Call is international; all visual artists over 18 years of age and from all artistic disciplines are invited to apply.
  • All applicants will be considered in our selection/evaluation process. Please note that a submitted application does not automatically mean participation in ART MATTERS Summer 2023. Rejection does not mean that your art is inferior, but places are limited and demand is high.

What can you apply with?

  • 1 image of one of your artworks that is available for sale and can be offered by us in our online shop!
  • You must own the copyright.
  • Medium, technique or size: all art forms and art techniques and sizes are accepted. For the first time, we give a subject: “Landscapes” – whether figurative or abstract.
  • File size: max. 2MB
  • Curriculum vitae including list of exhibitions
  • Text (e.g. artist statement)
  • The artwork you upload must not contain pornographic, sexually explicit, violent or racist material.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, there is a non-refundable processing fee of €15 per artist for an application with one work. You can apply more than once.

What is the commission arrangement if an artwork is sold?

The artist and the gallery each receive 50% of the sale price. Other costs, such as shipping, are borne by the gallery or the collector.

Which dates are important?

  • The Open Call runs from 29 July to 12 August. The selection process will start immediately afterwards.
  • ALL participants will be informed about our decision from about 16/17 August. We therefore ask you to check your email inbox and also your spam box.
  • We will notify both the 9 artists and the 27 “Honourable Mentions” we select to participate in ART MATTERS Summer 2023 individually.
  • From Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 August, we will present the 9 selected artists and their submitted works one by one and daily at 6pm CET online (website, online shop, Instagram and Facebook).
  • The “Honourable Mentions” will be posted on our Instagram Stories from 20 to 28 August, 3 per day and between noon and 6pm each day.
  • On the last day of the exhibition, Monday 28 August at 6pm CET we will announce the winner of our open call competition ART MATTERS Summer 2023.

How can you submit an application?

  • Please use the following form only, fill in the application and complete the application by paying the entry fee via PayPal.
  • You will receive a receipt (= confirmation of registration) for the payment made by email within the following 24 hours.
  • With the completion of the payment, your application has been sent and received by us. The PayPal payment confirmation also serves as confirmation of registration. And if something is missing, we will contact you!

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