California Arts Council

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Hold Up
For International artists

Call for Work:  Hold Up

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, November 20th, 2015

The etymology of sustainability comes from the Latin sustinere (tenere: to hold, sup: up). The ensuing phrase “hold up” evokes conflicting images: a pillar and a blockage. To change personal and collective patterns for the sustainability of the planet creates roadblocks, rerouting us to explore uncharted terrain. Hold Up aims to investigate what happens when we change course through looking at the emotional, political and material implications of sustainability defined broadly.

Seeking a wide range of perspectives, the exhibition takes as its starting point the landscape surrounding Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro is home to both a major port with a strong history of labor organizing as well as a precarious coastal ecosystem. Hold Up asks how can we support ourselves materially and the environment simultaneously? The exhibition seeks examples of organizing between labor and environmentalists (Blue/Green alliances) alongside artwork that delves into the relationship between the personal and the planetary as it plays itself in a variety of different circumstances. By illuminating the blocks posed by sustainable practices, the exhibition aims to identify new and existing pillars on which to build our collective futures.

We are seeking proposals from artists working in communities spanning the local to the international. Artists and/or collectives working in all genres are invited to apply. Proposals for social practice projects and performance are encouraged.  In addition to visual and performance art of all types, text-based work, zines and posters are also welcome. 

We are seeking proposals from artists working in communities spanning the local to the international. Artists and/or collectives working in all genres are invited to apply. Proposals for social practice projects and performance are encouraged.  In addition to visual and performance art of all types, text-based work, zines and posters are also welcome.

Submission Requirements:

  • Title and Project Description
  • Contact Information
  • Artist statement and CV
  • Between 10-15 examples of past work (can include video or audio links)

The community room will have a button making station (1.25 inch designs can be submitted at any point before and during the exhibition) and space for interactive commentary.

Please email proposals as a single PDF with relevant links with “Hold Up” in the subject line to Martabel Wasserman, Curator of Community Engagement at Martabel@angelsgateart.org. Proposals will be selected by Dec 7th. Installation will begin the week of January 5th, 2016 for an exhibition opening Saturday January 24th.



Deadline: 11-20-2015
Angels Gate Cultural Center
San Pedro, CA

Contact: Martabel Wasserman
email: martabel@angelsgateart.org
Phone: 310.519.0936
Website: http://www.angelsgateart.org

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