Real life hasn’t exactly come up to scratch over the past few months. We are all waiting for it to take a playful turn. People play, as do most animals. Dogs and cats, dolphins and chimpanzees play. Fish, reptiles and even some molluscs have been observed to play.
Play is part seduction, part combat. Being playful is a mood position, an orientation towards pleasure. Play manifests itself in the process of being played so it is forever interruptible, forever unfinished. And how liberating is that!! Play is by choice, so it is life enhancing. Play builds its own world, makes up and enforces its own rules. Play has no limits apart from the limits it sets itself. Play explores the possibilities of the mind: through mind games as well as physical action. Play can be a masquerade, a carnival, a harlequinade – adopting forms of real life promiscuously but using them for its own purposes.
This project is an exploration of playfulness in art practices. Art can purport to be about many things….the truth, the sublime, aesthetic pleasure…..this project asks the question: where is the space for playfulness in your art practice? Where would you locate that which you do just for the joy and delight it brings? Where are the possibilities for creation for its own sake, outside the bounds of convention, in your art practice? Where is the place you go to for reflection and recovery? Which objects or processes constitute your “art playthings”? How does the audience find pleasure in its encounter with your art? Degrees of Freedom welcome submissions in all mediums, including digital and multimedia. We aim to create a Festival of Play and Playfulness with lots of activity and movement so participative, performative and live works are particularly welcome.
Key dates 31st March: If you like, you can send us an expression of interest with initial thoughts/ideas by this date to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to give feedback on their feasibility/practicability within the constraints of the gallery space. This does not commit us to including the ideas in the final show.
16th May: Final proposals or images and descriptions of actual works should get to us by this date. Please download application form on the right. We will aim to get back to everyone with our decision by 30th of May.
Sunday 27th June, 6-8pm, Delivery of works/materials to the Gallery Monday 28th June, Setup day Tuesday 29th June to Sunday 4th July, Exhibition dates Thursday 1st July, Private View (to be confirmed nearer the time) Sunday 4th July 5-7pm, Take down
Participating artists will be required to contribute to the gallery rota for welcoming visitors during opening hours. In order to meet our obligation to provide a safe environment for artists and visitors in this Covid era everyone will have to adhere to safe practice guidelines current at the time of the exhibition. There is no fee for submission or participation.