The summer exhibition is open to all members and fellows of the Royal Society of Sculptors, working in any medium. The work will be exhibited in the gallery spaces (not outside on the sculpture terrace) from 28 June to 19 September 2021.
The theme for 2021’s exhibition is ‘GONNA GET CRAYCRAY’, as Sigrid explains:
“In 1974 the sociologist Jib Fowles coined the term chronocentrism, ‘the belief that one’s own times are paramount, that other periods pale in comparison.’ The past year has confronted us with many voices claiming that we are on the cusp of unprecedented change, or are things just gonna get craycray?
History shows us that World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic was quickly followed by a manic flight into sociability and in France the decade of the Roaring Twenties was known as the ‘annees folles’ (crazy years), emphasising the era’s social, artistic and cultural dynamism. The spirit was marked by a general feeling of novelty associated with modernity and a break with tradition. Everything seemed possible with artists, poets and writers adopting an increasingly innovative and dynamic approach to form, rhyme, imagery, and subject matter.
Modern and contemporary art production owes much to 1920’s art and its authors. Significant movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Expresssionism and Art Deco had their genesis during this time. The 1920’s helped to to re-define and re-shape all the major creative disciplines and their legacy informs much artistic practise still. What does this mean for what sculpture of the 2020’s will look like formally, thematically and societally? This year the Royal Society of Sculptors invites members to get ‘craycray’.”
Sigrid Kirk is Co-Founder of the Association of Women in the Arts and an independent curator, cultural strategist and art adviser. With broad ranging interests and knowledge across the sector she is widely recognised as an industry connector. She is a Trustee of the Drawing Room, on the Eye of the Collector Advisory Board, Glasgow International Advisory Board and the IKON Gallery London Advisory Board. Sigrid and her husband fund an annual Artist in Residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park for Maori and Pacific Island artists with Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland. Sigrid is a patron of arts organisations including Dundee Contemporary Arts, Fruitmarket Gallery, Gasworks, INIVA, The Photographers Gallery, SLG and Studio Voltaire. She is currently studying for an Executive Masters in Cultural Leadership at the University of Maastricht / Royal Academy.
Entry is through an online process. Entry fee is £5 per work. You may enter up to five works to be considered for exhibition within the Society’s gallery spaces (not the sculpture terrace).
The closing deadline for online submission is 5pm Monday 10 May 2021.
Notification of all results will be sent by email by 1 June, at the latest.
Entry fee is £5 per work. You may enter up to five works.
|Monday 10 May 2021||Deadline for entry|
|Tuesday 1 June 2021||Artists notified of selectors decision|
|Tuesday 22 June 2021||Selected work delivered to Dora House|
|28 June - 19 September 2021||Exhibition open|
|Weekend- 3 and 4 July 2021||Private View|
|Tuesday 21 September 2021||Collection Date|
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