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People in the North-East are being invited to submit artwork for a major open-call exhibition due to open at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead in March 2024.

The exhibition, called Baltic Open Submission, will showcase up to 100 pieces of work, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and more, by artists, makers, self-taught creatives and hobbyists based in North East England. 

The exhibition, which takes place in Baltic’s Ground Floor gallery from Sunday 16th March to Sunday 1st September, will also be showing work by several established artists. These will include Phyllis Christopher, Newcastle-based photographer known for documenting LGBTQ+ sexuality and protest in 1980s/1990s San Francisco; Holly Hendry, London-based sculptor and installation artist who explores what lives beneath the surface, from hidden underground spaces to the interior workings of the body; British institution, household name and prolific painter Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) whose submission is a newly completed unseen work.

The panel selecting the work for the exhibition includes Niomi Fairweather, Baltic Curator and Rose McMurray, Baltic Curatorial Assistant; North East musician and lead singer with Maxïmo Park, Paul Smith; and performance, installation and film artist, Jasmina Cibic.

Sarah Munro MBE, Baltic Director, adds: “Our Open Submission exhibitions present artworks selected by the panel, regardless of whether that work has been created by an established artist or someone who is self-taught and who might never have shown their work publicly before.

“The response to our very first open-call in 2020 was overwhelming and showed how much talent we have here in the region. And now we’re opening up another opportunity for people to submit their artwork – in any medium from painting and ceramics to sound and video – to be a part of what I hope will be a truly joyful and special exhibition.”

Submissions are open until 10am on Monday 27 November 2023, is free to enter, and open to anyone based in the North East of England.

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