Call for artists

Above and Below - Part of Devon Open Studios 2022

An open call for new works that respond to the Time & Tide Bell project and their warn­ing about the risks affect­ing coastal communities.

The Time and Bell Project was first conceived in 2008 by Marcus Vergette (artist, sculptor, bell-maker) and now includes 7 completed and 6 in progress bells along the UK coastline. The bells are public artworks, gifted to reinforce connections in local communities, between different parts of the country, between the land and the sea, between ourselves and our environment.

The bells, which toll at high tides, remind us of the material and intangible relationships we have with each other and the world around us, and in doing so draw our attention to the fragility of our environment and the impact we inevitably have through our irrevocable connection to it.

As part of Devon Open Studios 2022, we are delighted to host "Above and Beyond" an exhibition including castings and other artefacts from the Time and Tide Bell initiative alongside a programme of performances, readings, and workshops, in partnership with Prof Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter) on a project supported by the UK Climate Resilience Programme and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Alongside this, we are running an open call for new works that respond to the themes celebrated by the bells, as well as their warning about rising sea levels, flooding and coastal erosion:

- Interconnectedness
- Our relationship with the sea
- Coastal communities
- A fragile world
- Floods, ruins, erosion,
- Disappearing infrastructure and communities

Interested applicants are invited to submit works that engage with the core themes of the Time and Tide Bell Project listed above. Qualifying works may include:

- Individual 2D works for wall display
- Individual 3D works (sculpture) for plinth/floor/shelf display
- Works in series (either 2D, 3D or mixed)

Whilst not compulsory, works that additionally reflect on the locality of Torbay, its unique marine environment, seagrass beds, geology and UNESCO Global Geopark status are welcomed.

This is an unpaid, commercial exhibition opportunity. Submissions are juried, entries are free.

There are no strict criteria for submissions other than the remit expressed in the core themes. The venue has a range of display opportunities for traditional 2D and 3D work (i.e. framed paintings or plinth display sculptures).

Applicants proposing larger works, series, or pieces that may require specific or involved installation are encouraged to contact the gallery in advance of making a submission to confirm the viability for the venue. Such applications are welcomed, and the gallery is open to working with artists wishing to submit artworks on this basis.

Full Terms and Conditions can be viewed here:

Applications can be made by submitting a word document or PDF to the gallery with the below details:

- Contact Name
- Contact Email
- Contact Number
- Artist Website (if applicable)
- Artist Statement (maximum 250 words)
- Full artwork description - For each work this should include: Title, dimensions, medium, price, along with further supporting description and details that focuses on specific installation requirements if applicable

Alongside this, you should submit sufficient images of the work, clearly identifying files as they are titled in your work description.