Installation view of सावधान: The Regimes of Truth, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in New Delhi, India, in October 2019.

apexart International Open Call 2021-2022

Accepting Proposals: February 1st – March 1st, 2021

apexart will accept proposals for its International Open Call from February 1st – March 1st, 2021. Four winning proposals for idea-based group exhibitions will become apexart exhibitions presented in their selected locations around the world as part of our 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of location or past experience, are invited to submit a proposal online.

Installation view of WOMEN C(A)REATE, an apexart International Open Call Exhibition in Tehran, Iran in February 2020.Installation view of ‘WOMEN C(A)REATE’, an apexart International Open Call Exhibition in Tehran, Iran in February 2020.
Installation view of A Glimmer of Freedom, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Tarrafal, Cape Verde in April 2017.Installation view of ‘A Glimmer of Freedom’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Tarrafal, Cape Verde in April 2017.

The Submission Process

Proposals of up to 500 words should describe focused, idea-driven, original group exhibitions, and the country and city in which they are to take place. No biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted, and proposals must be submitted in English. Jurors rate anonymous submissions based on the idea only. See examples of winning proposals here.

Installation view of सावधान: The Regimes of Truth, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in New Delhi, India, in October 2019.Installation view of ‘सावधान: The Regimes of Truth’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in New Delhi, India, in October 2019.
Installation view of Queer Arch, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, in October 2019Installation view of ‘Queer Arch’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, in October 2019.

The Selection Process

Rather than convene a 5-person NYC panel to review hundreds of ideas, apexart‘s crowd-sourced voting system invites hundreds of international jurors to review proposals on their own schedule. The crowd-sourced jury is composed of more than 400 individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and international locations—including students from 20 participating university classes—who will jury the proposals. Proposals are anonymous and randomized to make sure each submission receives the same consideration. apexart staff does not influence the results of the jury in any way.

Installation view of Musow Ka Touma Sera, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Bamako, Mali, in December 2019.Installation view of ‘Musow Ka Touma Sera’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Bamako, Mali, in December 2019.
Installation view of How to Make Space, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Hong Kong in July 2017.Installation view of ‘How to Make Space’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Hong Kong in July 2017.

The Results

The four winning proposals will each receive an exhibition budget of up to $11,000; have an exhibition brochure printed and mailed to over six thousand international recipients; advertising in major and local outlets; and will be part of apexart‘s 2021-2022 exhibition season. Working closely with the apexart team, curators will realize their original ideas into apexart exhibitions. Exhibition curators are challenged, encouraged, and required to work within the funding provided to transform their winning proposals into small, focused, noteworthy exhibitions.

Installation view of Re-Imaging Futures, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2019.Installation view of ‘Re-Imaging Futures’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2019.
Installation view of Illegal Kosmonavtika, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Tblisi, Georgia, in June 2017.Installation view of ‘Illegal Kosmonavtika’, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Tblisi, Georgia, in June 2017.

To Submit An Exhibition Proposal:

visit https://apexart.org/opencalls.html between February 1st and March 1st, 2021