call for animal images

Since February 2009 I have been working as Artist in Residence at the Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. In the next few months I am having two exhibitions called In vetland. The first is at the Newcastle Art Space from Monday 12 July to 2 August  2009.  Later, in August-September, In vetland will be reconfigured at Murdoch.

The first exhibition is associated with a really interesting conference called Minding Animals where scientists, theorists and those concerned with animal welfare meet to discuss animals in society. The second exhibition is the culmination of my residency at the vet school.

Whilst I’m really excited about showing some of my photographs and digital works, it seemed a waste not to do something a little different. I have been getting into collage and small things arranged into larger wall pieces. I’m also interested in maps. What I want to do is to create a ‘world’ of ways that animals are represented, connecting as many images together as possible.

marsupial mouse

A rough sketch

sketch of wall

a rough mock-up of the wall

I’m interested in anyone (artist, other human being or even the nonhuman*) who wants to contribute any form of animal image as a doodle, sticky note, sketch, drawing, cut-out, collage or other image. It does not need to be a super-duper accurate drawing.

So post (or email) a nice and small artwork with an image of an animal to reach Perth before 30 June.

Size: can be 2D or sticking out a bit but no larger than A4 (smaller than 210 x 297 mm or 8.3 x 11.7 inches). Must be light enough to be taped to wall (so no sculptures made out of lead!)

Labelling: Make sure you include your name, mailing address, email and website (if applicable) with your artwork. Your name will be included in the project. Please make it clear whether you want other contact information made public. I won’t include it unless you say so.

Digital files should be jpegs but 300 dpi to be printable. They will be printed on Ilford Smooth Heavyweight Matt Paper on an Epson stylus Photo 1410 printer.

Return of posted artworks: Any artwork posted to me that weighs less than 250 grams (8.8 oz) will be returned by post at the conclusion of the second show.

Downloadable pdf — I plan to make a pdf  ‘catalogue’ of the individual pieces and the final wall arrangement after the exhibition is finished. I will put this on my website and you will then be able to download and print it.

Deadline: to reach Perth by June 30 (if you post something, remember to factor this in).


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