National Gallery of Jamaica Call for Submissions: Digital 

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is inviting submissions to its Digital exhibition, which will open on Sunday, April 26, 2016 and run until July 4, 2016.

Digital media has arguably been the fastest growing field in contemporary visual art and an area of major innovation and experimentation, with many applications in related areas such as music videos and fashion photography. In photography, which has become a dominant medium in contemporary art, digital photography and printing are now the norm. New possibilities emerge constantly, for instance in the field of 3D printing. The Caribbean has been no exception and many younger artists are engaging and exploring new media such as animation, GIFs, video installations, digital illustration, computer graphics, web based art, and so forth. This exhibition celebrates digital art forms in all digital media, from digital photography to multimedia installations, produced by artists based in the Caribbean and its diaspora and also encourages the development and recognition of such media in the Caribbean context. From the submissions received, up to thirty will be selected by the National Gallery’s curatorial team to be shown in the Digital exhibition. An illustrated exhibition catalogue will be published.

Eligibility: Open to artists resident in the Caribbean and Caribbean nationals residing elsewhere. There are no restrictions of age. Collaborative submissions involving more than one artist are permitted.


Artists may submit a work, a small body of work, or a project (such as an installation proposal) in any digital media, including but not limited to:

    • Digital photography, printed or projected
    • GIF
    • Video and animation (including music videos and short films)
    • Digital illustration and computer graphics
    • Web-based art
    • 3D printing
  • Submissions should include: a professional resume; an artist’s statement; a short, illustrated description of the work(s) or project submitted, including technical specifications; and equipment and technical support needs (if relevant).
  • The National Gallery will not be responsible for the cost of, or organizing the production and delivery of the accepted submissions to the exhibition and this is the sole responsibility of the selected artists. Likewise, the selected artists will be solely responsible for the the collection of their entries at the end of the exhibition.
  • In the case of installations, the selected artists will be responsible for mounting the work, albeit in consultation with the NGJ curators and on the agreed timeline.
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Equipment: The National Gallery will provide equipment if and where it is able to do so.  Artists may opt to provide their own equipment. Please note that technical feasibility is part of the selection criteria and that this includes availability of equipment.

Submission: Only digital submissions will be considered, no actual work should be sent to the National Gallery of Jamaica prior to notification of acceptance. Please email your entry to: [email protected] and place “Digital Exhibition Submission” in the subject header. Large files should be sent via a file transfer system (such as Dropbox or Wetransfer), using the same email address for notification purposes.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, February 27, 2016, 4 pm local time.


Selections from the submissions received will be made by the curatorial team of the National Gallery, consisting of Executive Director Dr Veerle Poupeye, Senior Curator O’Neil Lawrence, and Assistant Curator, Monique Barnett-Davidson. The following selection criteria will be used.

  • Aesthetic and technical quality
  • Innovation
  • Feasibility

The National Gallery reserves the right not to accept or exhibit submissions. All decisions of the curatorial team are final.

Notification of artists: Artists will be notified whether their entry has been accepted by Friday,March 13, 2016.

Deadline for delivery of accepted entries: Friday, March 27, 2016, 4 pm local time – no extensions will be given and any work not submitted by this date will automatically be excluded from the exhibition. Installation pieces are to be installed by the artists or their appointed representatives on a timeline to be communicated to them by the National Gallery.


Closure of exhibition: Artists are required to dismantle (where relevant) and collect their artworks and any equipment they own within two weeks after the closure of the exhibition, or by July 17, 2016, 4 pm the latest. The National Gallery will not be responsible for any work or equipment left after that date and may dispose of same at its sole discretion.

Queries: For any queries pertaining to this project, including availability of equipment, please email: [email protected] and place “Digital Exhibition Query” in the subject header, or call 1(876)922-1561 or -3 to the attention of the Curatorial Department.

Source: Call for Submissions: Digital | National Gallery of Jamaica Blog

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