Mailart & ArtByMail // open_calls & exhibitions repository
// when submitting artwork to the address listed as SUBMISSION ADDRESS in each open call, all artists are kindly requested to provide, by email or traditional snail mail, the following information
artist > profile picture | name | brief bio | email address | website | address
artwork > title | media details | brief text
// while addressing the artwork it is also important to identify it with the #open_call_name since the receiver may be hosting several open calls at the same time
☑ use the ballot box to check out stuff
Poetry & Art VIII, A Mail Art Exhibition
April is National Poetry Month, and libraries, bookstores and other venues will have special exhibitions and events to honor it. The Good Tern Café Gallery is planning a mail-in exhibition of poetry and art again this year, since the past seven annual exhibitions and related events were so well received. The exhibition will run for the month of April.
The Good Tern Café Gallery usually features work by members, but opens to the larger community for the mail-in exhibition. Past years' entries have come from as far away as South Carolina, Florida, the West Coast, the United Kingdom, Australia and western Canada.
Hate Mail? for ya Fat F#ck
Fellow artists, be aware that although this website deals with sensitive subjects that should concern all of us... please be alerted that it may contain language and imagery not suited for all humans.
On previous curated mailart and artbymail open calls we've dealt with similar content... at "desAMORes" (www.desamores.yzonk.com) we've worked around the concept of unmatchable loves and at "QUEIXA-TE" (www.queixate.yzonk.com) I've asked artists to complain about whatever subject they weren't pleased with. At the present open call, entitled "Hate Mail? for ya Fat F#uck", I'm getting in touch with artists and asking them to give their support to fellow artists that continually see their artwork being censored again and again. These censored artists are exposing severe situations of our present lifetime, touching subjects considered triggers that are listed on international trigger lists, but they are indeed helping us out by means of expressing themselves through art that creates awareness about these matters. "Ignoring it won't make it go away" is the concept above all.
I'm just fed up that remarkable artwork is being censored because of its theme or, even worst, because it simply presents nudity.
It is not uncommon for us to miss flagging content that might be identified as triggering. Perhaps the trigger seems suitably mild to you and you believed it didn’t need to be flagged or it simply seems silly. Or maybe you are just dealing with a snowflake.
Snowflake is a term for someone that thinks they are unique and special but really are not. It gained popularity after the movie "Fight Club" from the quote "You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else." Began being used extensively as a putdown for someone, usually on the political left, who are easily offended or felt they needed a "safe space" away from the harsh realities of the world, but now has morphed into a general putdown for anyone that complains about any subject.
Nowadays there are so many people being triggered by somewhat reason that it became too common to have artists creations being reported and consequently censored on networks such as Instagram and Facebook. It seems that we regressed to past times when clothes had been ordered to be painted and sculpted over artwork, but now through the use of pixels and black bars. I do hope that through this open call, we do start to freely start to talk about these subjects/problems and stop being a prude.
I'm not promoting illegal actions nor soliciting illegal content but ignoring it won't make it go away.
It was already proved that talking about these subjects do trigger some folks since this open call was targeted of censorship by fellow artists.
So, to confront this matter, all submitted artwork should deal with the offensiveness of itself, or nor, in some sort of way or approach/discuss/deal with these issues. Work with the common trigger warnings and freely express yourself through art.
Only similar content, to the following list, will be considered valid and used on the exhibitions: abuse (physical, mental, emotional, verbal, sexual); animal cruelty or animal death; blood; child abuse / pedophilia / incest; classism; death or dying; depiction of pornography (including child pornography); eating disorders, body hatred, and fatphobia; excessive or gratuitous violence; homophobia and heterosexism; incest (including any and all elements of romantic or sexual relationships between family, tonal in theme, though, or activity); Islamophobia; kidnapping and abduction (forceful deprivation of / disregard for personal autonomy); mental illness and ableism; miscarriages / abortion; needles; pornographic content; pregnancy / childbirth; racism and racial slurs; rape and sexual assault; self-harm, and self-injurious behavior (self-harm, eating disorders, etc.); sexism and misogyny; sexual assault; suicide; transphobia and transmisogyny; violence; …
Exhibitions on tour through Portugal are ALREADY confirmed. We'll keep you updated by email. There will be a digital book as well as a physical printed one to be shared and spread around free of charge to all artists and partners.
The Postman on the Postal Route
Communication is the fundamental tool that tells the story of humanity.
Our homages to the POSTMAN, that for long distances and times is our messenger, Mercury of the Gods.
For more than 100 years, great artists already communicated informally by the Post Office. Normatized in the sixties, Mail Art / Postal Art, is a pioneer of the exchanges of the current SOCIAL NETWORKS.
The Courier is a Cultural Heritage, for its seal, its history, for the memory and affection stamped in the hearts of men. It must be preserved even in times of virtual connections, for correspondence is a basic necessity for the development of civilizations.
All the collaborations received will be photographed and published in the ALBUM of the page MARIA FLOR Mail Art, giving visibility to the work of the correspondent.
Exhibition of the postal arts to be held in the first half of 2019.
The exhibition will later be incorporated into the ARCHIVES of Mailartist Maria Claudia (Maria Flor in the postal arts) and will be available to curators and exhibit projects on the theme POSTAL ART, PAPER ART, POSTAL ROUTE when requested.
Real or imagined, scary or fairy tale, monster or mouse? What does dragon look like?
All sales will support the 2019 St. George Day Festival.
1st Edition Commemorative Mail Art / 10th Anniversary
theme tribute to Xaime Quesada Blanco and Xaime Quessada Porto
8th Egg Project 2019
theme egg as a form, shape or pattern
Similarly to the previous years, the entire collection will be donated to the Budapest Stamp Museum where – by the way – you can find the most stamps in the world. Since they just established their mail art section therefore these mails and postcards will be kept for the after-world and can be seen any time during opening hours.
email only mail art show
one file per email sent
IS THERE A MONK IN YOU?
In our municipality of Alphen-Chaam still exists the remains of an old and the only Commandery in the Netherlands of the Knights Templars, a monks order dating back to the Middle Ages; they were crusaders. The inhabitants of our region were liable to a monastery of yet another monks order, 50 kilometers away. The monks had a predominant role in life in the past times. They managed the lands, they built the monasteries, the churches and the hospitals, protected the pilgrims, farmers and the citizens. They made the rules, wrote the books. They preceded in the rituals of spiritual life and were the guards of civilization and morality. Throughout the world and in all religions and civilizations are people like our monks. Both men and women. Even in each human being lurks a monk, a moralist, a dedicated person and with the desire to live in peace and regularity, occasionally in the seclusion of the surrounding world. There is also being mocked with this misunderstood eccentrics. For example, in the works of Hieronymus Bosch many a monk and saint are represented, for good and for evil. Antony in temptation, John as a scholar and writer, a flying monk, a drunken monk, etc. Not every monk was a good guy, not every bad guy was a monk.
Pequeña Convocatoria de Poesía Visual 2019
To be used on the book "Babilonia Happening" by Paco Pérez Belda.
Open only to submissions sent from Spain. Each participant will receive a copy of the book. Everyone else can buy it for 5€.
The open call ends at the promoted date or when 30 artworks are received.
GIANT KITTY SAVES THE DAY!
Cat by Kat!
This kitty may have claws…. or not. We love cats and kats and kitties, and, well, you get the idea.
But wait! There’s more!
AS A BIG OL’ BONUS, WE WILL REPLY WITH A LIMITED EDITION HAND-MADE LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTED POSTCARD OR OTHER MAIL ART.
Extra super bonus: Include/combine robots for more swag! Giant Robot Kitty?
IV International Avilés Mail Art Exhibition
A digital catalog will be made.
Habla mi Espejo
6x6x2019 - The International Small Art Phenomenon
Support Contemporary Art in Rochester, NY!
Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Your 6x6 purchases support our contemporary art programming throughout the year. Thank you!
La Saison 2018/2019
One postcard will be selected as Best in Show by the Anton Art Center Exhibition Committee, and will serve as the design for a collection of folded notecards available for purchase in our Gift Shop! The winning artist will be credited in the card design. This artist will receive 100 notecards of their winning design.
Can art save the world?
"Leonardo da Vinci 500 years after his death" for TRAXPO' 2019
TRAXPO' wants to be a translation / transliteration between different artistic fields and was born in 2014 from an idea by Giancarlo Padovani, completing with a collective exposition of visual languages in an artistic transpositions path.
An artistic call by invitation that in the last five editions has seen the alternation of national and international authors obtaining broad consideration from the mass media. It is set up every year in the month of May in a creative and dynamic space made available free of charge by the independent bookshop "Moby Dick" in Faenza.
For the sixth edition of May 2019 TRAXPO' opens to mail art for an intuition of Monalisa Valmori and the collaboration of Roberta Savolini with an invitation to transpose the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in a postcard drawing from every field of his vast production both artistic and engineering, inventions, aphorisms , quotes ...
14th Edición del "Salón Internacional de Arte Postal en Homenaje a El Libro 2019"®
1824: German Immigration in Brazil
Leonardo da Vinci
500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo (Archiano, 15 April 1452 - Amboise, 2 May 1519) was an Italian engineer, painter and scientist. A man of genius and universal talent of the Renaissance, he fully embodied the spirit of his era, bringing it to the greatest forms of expression in the most disparate fields of art and knowledge.
He dealt with architecture and sculpture, he was draftsman, treatise writer, set designer, anatomist, musician, designer and inventor.
He is considered one of the greatest geniuses of humanity.
Digital catalog will be made and exhibitions are to be set.
No to censorship of human body in social media
If you’ve ever were in situation, when your work was censored in any social media: facebook, Instagram, twitter, flickr, 500px, tumblr or any other social platform. If you’ve ever had your art removed because the content wasn’t ‘appropriate’, if an institution where you studied silenced your work for any reasons – then your work is worthy of being exhibited in our exhibition.
Oppression of Mapuche People
WE DADA WONDERFUL SHOZO
Documentation and zine to all participants.
Freedom is a great thing. In our society you can think, say, organize your personal life the way you want without being afraid of punishment. Because that freedom has become normal, you do not really think about it anymore. Yet it is something precious. You will notice that soon when you lose it. Once a year we celebrate Liberation Day in the Netherlands.
What is freedom for you? And why is it important? Do you have ideas, do you want to share that, send it to us.
Attic Zine - The International Book of Colour
theme colour PURPLE
ATTIC is an international assembling zine compiled by Nicola Winborn. It is also an international exploration of colour and each issue will be dedicated to a particular pigment.
All pages submitted to ATTIC ZINE must be handmade and original. This call is focused on the colour PURPLE: this means that your pages must make predominant use of purple in any shade or tone. This does not mean that you cannot use other colours too, but if you do introduce other pigments, purple must still be the most significant one. (If you have any questions around this, please do not hesitate to ask.)
Work from the following genres will be accepted for Attic Zine: Visual Poetry; Asemic Writing; Collage; Rubber Stamp Art; Dada; Fluxus; Mixed Media; Abstract/Experimental Comics; and Abstract/Non-Representational Art.
Once you are ready to post your pages to Nicola, please contact her through Messenger on Facebook and she will give you the full postage address for Attic Zine.
Each participant will receive their very own copy of the issue in which they are included. If you want to make a donation to cover the cost of return postage, this will be most gratefully received.
Postmodern is the name given to the understanding that emerged as a criticism of modernism after 1960. The most important feature is the ”eclectic“ structure that we can describe as ”eclectic En. Postmodernism can be defined as an area of freedom that does not recognize rules and boundaries in art.
”Everything has a beauty but not everyone will see in
18 year old participants or older
the birds of the air
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns .... Sermon on the Mount
Visual Arts Center
Dimo Narednikot, 58
Republic of Macedonia
Arnolfini Mini[e]MailArt No46. Virágok / Flowers
1. Save the mma46 file into your computer.
2. Open it using a graphics program.
3. Place one or more machines on the surface.
4. Save changes.
5. Send your work by email.
LOVE, LIEBE, AMORE
Fluxus and Gay Pride
Censorship is anathema to the Fluxus spirit. However, exhibited works cannot violate Canadian law. Fortunately, the laws protecting artistic freedom of expression are relatively strong in Canada. Basically, anything goes, except child pornography and hate speech. Hate speech includes, "advocating genocide", "publicly inciting hatred", and "promoting hatred".
Given the history of persecution of sexual minorities, the curators are committed to including artworks that may depict or document manifestations of homophobia, provided that such works do not violate the law.
It is illegal to produce, distribute, or possess child pornography in Canada, as such work deemed to be such by the curators, will be destroyed upon receipt.
NOTICE: The curators reserve the right to refuse to exhibit and/or document any submission at their absolute and sole discretion.
The day goes by,
In the scent of new nets out of the sea.
This island, this island,
Pursuit of the birds soon.
There are worlds, you can not think;
Flowers open loudly;
Get out of the smoke smoke from the soil.
Seagulls, especially seagulls,
Every single feather ...
The day becomes blue, by myself;
The day becomes sun by myself;
Day is like crazy.
Mail Art: Enterramiento final
Durante los últimos años, y coincidiendo con la llegada del correo electrónico y los canales cibernéticos, el mail art ha sido sentenciado a muerte en múltiples ocasiones.
A partir de estas sentencias, y dado que no acaba de morir, pensamos que el Mausoleo de Morille podría ser un buen lugar para su enterramiento definitivo, confiando en la resurrección de las almas y el renacimiento posterior en la otra dimensión.
La exposición previa al enterramiento tendrá un formato atípico, con actos rituales, festejos y romería, finalizando con la introducción de las obras en el objeto volante no identificado (de la fotografía) y traslado al cementerio de arte, Museo Mausoleo Morille, perteneciente a Red Museion, plataforma transfronteriza de Museos.
Como acto final y previo al enterramiento se procederá, a través de conexiones del sistema UFO2x24, a agradecer a los habitantes de la galaxia , por los servicios prestados a través de la oficina postal interestelar y el sincero deseo de que en el futuro sigamos colaborando en la otra dimensión. ¡El Arte Postal ha muerto! ¡Viva el Arte Postal!
By submitting, you are agreeing to donate your mail-art to projetM@MottattoM as a fundraiser. Each artwork will be for sold during the exhibit for 20 CHF benefiting the programmation of the non profit
Any unsold pieces will not be returned following the exhibition. (unless you ask for it and cover the postage).
The three most impressive mail-art pieces receive a mystery prize.
SEA, FIRE & HUMAN / 3 STRONG ELEMENTS OF LIFE & DEATH
The sea, at the same time that it nourishes man, animals and fishes, swallows swimmers, seafarers and migrants who venture into freedom.
The sun, fire in the sky, gives life, but a fire in a tree, can become the hell itself.
Human can be the one who creates life, but with the war, fights and choices, takes it back.
exhibition to be set
fill up the agreement and put it inside the envelope
II International MailArt Open Call | Quinta da Cruz | PORTUGAL 2019
theme FOOD, WINE & CULTURE
Quinta da Cruz - Centro de Arte Contemporânea is located in Viseu, Portugal, and is a cultural space oriented to the exhibition of contemporary art and to the development of artistic practices. It’s a space destined to public enjoyment, culture and leisure, inserted in a green space of excellence and a remarkable biodiversity.
In 2019, Viseu assumed the motto of “National Destination of Gastronomy” and that is why, for this challenge, the theme "Food, Wine & Culture" was selected.
We launch an invitation to artists and all interested in MailArt to send their works, through the Postal Service, and join the 2nd edition of this event. Only works received through traditional mail will be displayed. We look forward for your drawings, collages, stamps and visual poetry, among others, at Quinta da Cruz!
this event has the support of Monsenhor enVide neFelibata and www.mailart.yzonk.com
opening reception » 17.00 > 19.00 FRIDAY August 2nd, 2019
closing reception » 16.00 > 18.00 WEDNESDAY October 2nd, 2019
Only one side of the artwork will be displayed.
Artwork considered obscene or offensive will be excluded.
Submitted artwork will become part of Quinta da Cruz’s mailart collection and might be shown during other future mailart events.
All artists are kindly requested to provide, by email or traditional snail mail, the following information for means of public display: artist > profile picture | name | brief bio | email address | website | address // artwork > title | media details | brief text
All received content will also be displayed on a digital platform.
During the exhibition, there will be a workshop entitled “Dar e Receber” (Give and Receive) were, inspired by the works on display, participants will create objects to be randomly given to visitants.
Artists that do not wish to share their private information, such as name or address, must not include it on the mailart.
You may add to your work the words “SEM VALOR COMERCIAL” in order to avoid any customs delay.
No returns | No jury | Free technique
theme Detournement, Anti-Robot, Capitalism, Consumerism
DETOURNEMENT: turning expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture against itself —as when slogans and logos are turned against their advertisers or the political status quo.
…. a variation on previous work, in which the newly created work has a meaning that is antagonistic or antithetical to the original. The original media work that is détourned is somewhat familiar to the target audience, so that it can appreciate the opposition of the new message.
Send the Robot anti-corporate/anti-capitalist/anti-brand/anti-media (…. or whatever you are against) mail art.
All participants will receive an appropriately subversive linoleum block print from The Anti-Robot Inundation Army.
draw me your favorite book
Everybody (or almost everybody) has a favorite book. Or an author. Or a book character. Send us your mail art inspired by your literature favorites!
Multiple submissions may be subject to selection.
past, present and tomorrow
The artwork must include, something textile related, as for instance: tissues, buttons, thread , lace, embroidery, etc ...
The 10th Anniversary Edition of A BOOK ABOUT DEATH
theme AN UNBOUND BOOK ON THE SUBJECT OF DEATH
A BOOK ABOUT DEATH is an open, unbound book produced by artists worldwide. Artists are invited to create a “page” in the form of a postcard about death– any aspect about death. Works can be of any design, personal or conceptual, color or black and white.
The original work about death stays with you, the artist. The 500 postcards produced from the work is for the exhibition, and are sent to the museum.
Artists can include any information about themselves on the cards, front or back. There are no age limits, no areas or ideas that are prohibited. The exhibition organizers only ask that you submit good work, worthy of an interesting and exciting page in this global book.
A BOOK ABOUT DEATH takes its inspiration from the late, underground American artist Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995). Ray Johnson’s unbound “book” of the same title was mailed to his New York Correspondence School “students” and included pages in his idiosyncratic style that were funny, sad and ironic “one-page essays” on death. With the A BOOK ABOUT DEATH project, artists are invited to plunge into subject in creating their own pages that score the dramatic final dance of death.
Each artist 's contribution will be displayed at the Islip Art Museum in New York. Visitors will be free to take cards and create their own book about death. As the cards are removed, the exhibition will disappear.
HOW TO SUBMIT
1. Produce an artwork about death. Make 500 postcards and mail the package to Islip Art Museum. All submissions will be accepted if they arrive in time. Artists may produce more than one card design if they wish.
2. Once images are produced, a light-weight jpg should be e-mailed to LUANN PALAZZO, along with the artist’s name, country of origin, and URL (artist web site address) for publication on the blog. This will allow the organizers to archive the works and artist details. Other artists will also be able to visit the exhibition in progress.
You can either produce the cards yourself or upload the file to any number of printers for delivery to the museum. You, as the artist are in complete control of your artwork and cards.
The organizers will not collect cards for the artists. We ask that those visiting the museum only take one set per person, leaving enough for others.
Institutions who wish to have a complete book will have to come to the museum space and get their own pages/cards or assign someone to do it for them. The organizers are not responsible for the cards, but will see to it that all cards received are displayed and available to visitors. The organizers are not responsible for the return of any remaining cards; should there be any remaining cards, these will become part of the Islip Art Museum archives.
WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR IMAGES IN JPG FORMAT, SEND LARGE IMAGES (about 300K each; 900 x 600 pixels). THIS WAY THEY WILL BE HIGHLY VISIBLE ON THE BLOG.
Fight your Windmills, Demons & Depressions
NO ESTAS SOLX, ESTOY CON VOS
Point a Book
Dare a Colour Square Dance
printed edition will be made
theme free interpretation of the word humans
Because life is a right and we all have to enjoy it.
Because every human being has the right to live.
Because we're all the same.
Because there must be no differences.
Because we have to stay human.
Postal Art Exhibition at Akane Workshop
As part of the reopening of the Atelier d'Akané and in the framework of the Open Days of Artists Workshops of Pas de Calais in October 2019, we propose an exhibition of letters in Postal Art.
These letters will be yours :) It's your turn to write to us in any form whatsoever. You will create the exhibition :)
What matters is the envelope that can take the most diverse and original forms :)
You do not have to write a text, or a word . It's really the "container" that counts :). But of course the texts will be read with great pleasure.
A venue is currently being sought where the works can be Exhibited. Details of this will be made available later.
Appetizers, first courses, second courses, pizzas, side dishes, desserts, ice creams, wines, beers, spirits, ... and drawings, colors, memories, signs, paper (any type), suggestions, emotions, fantasies, objects, illusions, thoughts, words...
Bauhaus 100 years (1919-2019)
6th AMANITA BUNKER
At this 2019’s edition, the Amanita Bunker exhibition returns to the streets of this small village reinforcing the artistic bombings of the previous 2018's edition. Authors are invited to create artwork regarding the requested theme and join the yearly Mushroom Festival.
Amanita Bunker, wears now robes of a fictional political party. The Amanites manifest themselves and demand distinction and promise improvements on the village. In the form of stickers, pins, posters, slogans, political propaganda and other equally ridiculous but serious paraphernalia ... artists are invited to participate by sending works that will eventually be scattered through the streets in the form of propaganda.
"Fires continue to plague the country and our memory is short. When we take down forests or take other actions that can deplete fungal populations, this does not only affect fungi - it ultimately affects Homo sapiens as well. Fungi is an ignored realm, but this kingdom is more important than many of us imagine." -- Nicholas Money
We do ask you to add somewhere on the artwork the hashtag #AMANITABUNKER.
playful agility is SUPER
... and my favourite sport
Tristan Da Cunha is an Island Far Far Away
Send some artwork to create a permanent exhibition on the Island for them and for all who will pass by to visit the Island.
2nd "Estoy acá para vos"
REVISTA URBANA 2020 "PATRIA SUEÑO"
It is a non-traditional magazine because of its size, its circulation and also because it is a traveling magazine given that each year we send the copies to different cities.
write on the package "revista cultural y sin valor comercial"
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
If you have heard of The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey and you have the mind for the weird, creepy, dark and disturbing things, than this open call is for you!!
I want to do a mail art exhibit of your take on his alphabet. Choose one or more letters and send as many pieces you wish to for each chosen letter.
Exhibit to be held next year. Date, time and place to be determined. Once the exhibit wraps up in Ontario Canada, all pieces will make their way to Portugal for another show.
IXª Biennale Internazionale Mail Art 2020
dogs in all forms
theme dogs in all forms
Works received will be exhibited progressively as an installation. A photo gallery is being created and will be visible on the Internet soon. A response with photos will be provided to each participant by postal mail.
MOTHER story in a box, a frame
The New International Mail Art-Call 2018/20