44AD is delighted to be collaborating with curator Nina Jesih throughout eighthwonder 2017.
The theme for this year's exhibition is Identity
I am not one and simple, but complex and many. Virginia Woolf, The Waves
The world is full of people, who channel their own identity into everyday life.
Be it is as individual expressions of character; through spirituality, culture, intellect and materialism. As a group through nationality, religion and politics. Or perhaps via object and industry - directing the veneer of corporate branding.
However, what do we actually mean, when we classify something as identity? What does this broad concept of existing as someone or something in particular, mean to you?
This open call invites you to respond to the theme of identity. Please feel free to take inspiration from the mind-map.
Artwork submission criteria:
The theme for eighthwonder 2017 is: Identity
All artwork mediums are accepted including video and sound installation.
All 2D artwork submissions are to be A2 format (42 cms x 59.4 cms). Painting, photography, printing... all mediums are accepted.
If the artwork is framed, the size of the frame must be the A2 size requirement, (therefore the artwork itself can be smaller). All artwork accepted must be ready to hang on submission.
All 3D work submissions are to work around the volume of A2 x A2 x A2.
Please include a sentence/paragraph (or a mind-map) that describes your interpretation of the theme/the background story within your work.
Please email a digital image of your entry (accompanied with your explanation text or mind-map) to
It is important that you include your full name and medium of the work/s with your email.
The entry limit for eighth wonder 2017 is four works per individual.
Please note that there is no fee to submit entries, but there will be a gallery fee for each artwork accepted into the show.
1 x artwork = £10. 2 x artworks = £15. 3 x artworks = £20. 4 x artworks = £25.
This is to be payable by cash or cheque to 44AD when accepted work is brought to the gallery for hand in.
Work can be made available for sale, with 20% sales commission going towards 44AD artspace.
There will be a gallery supervision rota drawn up and it would be helpful if exhibiting artists could volunteer a 3 hour shift during the exhibition (Wifi is available in the gallery).
Some dates to remember...
Deadline for all submissions is Thurs 20th July 2017.
Accepted exhibitors will be contacted by Sat 22nd July 2017.
Accepted artwork is to be brought to 44AD artspace on Sun 30th July 2017 (4pm-5pm).
eighthwonder 2017 Private View will be held on Tues 8th Aug 2017 (6pm - 8pm).
Expect music, entertainment and more!
eighthwonder 2017 will run from 3rd - 13th Aug 2017, and your work will be available to pick up on the last day, Sun 13th Aug at 4pm.
eighthwonder 2017 art prize
Following previous year’s successes, 44AD artspace will again be awarding the eighthwonder art prize, which is voted for by the visiting public.
Prizes will include a one week solo show at 44AD artspace and Freedom of the City (in art-form)!!
'For emerging artists an experience like this is to be cherished. The eighthwonder prize provided me with the support and opportunity to successfully show and sell my work, in a unique space, to a larger audience - at a time when this option simply wasn't available for me.’
Daniel Rushforth, eighthwonder 2013
‘My submission was lucky enough to be voted the public’s favourite in 2014 so winning me ‘the artistic freedom of the city’ and a solo exhibition in the Basement Gallery. This gave me an opportunity to show a wider range of my work and helped gain me commissions.’
Jeni Wood, eighthwonder 2014