Call out for artists – exhibition opportunity, Royal Derby Hospital (deadline: 7-5-2012)

The Autumn/Winter 2012 visual arts season at the Royal Derby Hospital is being guest-curated with Antoinette Burchill on the theme Using Light.

There will be approximately 12 artists selected for exhibition spaces across the Royal Derby Hospital. Artists are welcome to broadly interpret the themeThis could be though a range of medium including (but not exclusively) – painting, drawing, photography, mixed media. In your artist statement, you’ll need to articulate how or why light plays an important role, aspect, or function in your work.

This is an unpaid opportunity, however, there is a potential audience of over 7000 members of staff and an annual visitor numbers of 1.5million. We will publicise you and your work through the season’s brochure, the exhibition interpretation boards, internal and external communication routes and online through the website and social media channels.

We encourage sale or commissioning of artists being exhibited, asking for a 20% donation from any successful transactions created through the hospital exhibition. These donations will contribute to the Arts in Hospital Charity, which will be reinvested for future arts engagement activity.

The air: arts to aid wellbeing programme  supports the healing process with high quality art, helping to create a therapeutic environment and a place in which patients, visitors and staff can engage positively with their surroundings.  We have run an exhibitions programme in the public corridors at the hospital for five years featuring the work of over sixty artists. The intention of air arts is to positively affect the experience of all those who use the building whether assisting them in negotiation their route around, offering positive distraction, therapeutic interaction and ‘light relief’. Artwork for the autumn/winter season will be selected from those that best fit these ambitions.


The selected work will be hung during September 2012, the season launch event will take place late September/early October 2012 (dates to be confirmed). The exhibition will be taken down in March 2013.

To apply for this opportunity, you need to submit:

  • Up to 8 images of existing work, preferably in a PowerPoint presentation with your name as the filename. (If there are other works available, please indicate this.)
  • An image index, stating, for each artwork: the title, dimensions (height x width x depth) year created, details of any technical requirements for display.
  • Artist CV, including postal address and contact phone and email address.
  • Artist statement (maximum 150 words).
  • Short biography (maximum 50 word).
  • Website or blog links
  • If your artworks have particular technical requirements, you’ll need to detail what these are in your submission.

Submissions must be suitable for the hospital environment and appropriate for family audiences. All 2D artworks must be mirror-plated; clip frames will not be suitable.

Submissions are only accepted by email to:

The deadline for submissions is Monday 7 May at 5pm.

Artists will be contacted week commencing 21 May regarding selection. The curatorial decisions are final and will not be discussed.

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