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Open Call - British Art and Natural Forces, British Art Studies

  • 30th June 2020
  • London, Online
  • Part time Paid
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, museums, photography, music, theatre, visual arts, Other, digital
  • Baillie Card


The online scholarly journal British Art Studies seeks proposals for new artwork responding to the theme of "British Art and Natural Forces", the subject of the Paul Mellon Centre's autumn research programme.

The chosen artist will generate a series of between five and eight cover images for the  journal’s eighteenth issue (November 2020), to be presented online as a digital commission. The series of covers is typically accompanied by a short written statement (c. 500 words). Proposals from individual artists, collectives, and artists working in partnership with researchers and curators are welcome. Stills, moving images, 3D models, and audio tracks can all be supported by the journal website. The commission is awarded with a fee of £500.

If your proposal is successful, you will work collaboratively with the British Art Studies editors to develop the feature and will receive editorial support, as well as assistance with any picture research and copyright clearance.

Send proposals of no more than 400 words, accompanied by images, to Baillie Card at by 30 June 2020.

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British Art Studies is an open access and peer-reviewed journal co-published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Established in 2015, it has published scholarship on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture, from the medieval period to the present day.

The theme “British Art and Natural Forces” focuses on the encounter between artistic or art historical practice and the forces of the natural world. In recent years, artists and scholars have concentrated with new intensity on the relationship between visual representation and climate change, and the overlaps between artistic, geological, biological, and geophysical bodies of knowledge. These interdisciplinary collaborations have seen visual artists and researchers explore subject areas such as natural histories, indigenous forms of knowledge, concepts of the post-human, and revitalised theorisations of the sublime. We welcome proposals that touch on any aspect of this theme in relation to British art and its histories, considered in their most diverse and international contexts.

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