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Posted by Philip on 23 August 2010, 4:59 pm in , , , , ,

Exhibition explores how diversity works…

Diversityworks Trust, in association with its Peer Support Network and the International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers, invite expressions of interest from artists to support a proposal for an exhibition at ARTstation, in Auckland, New Zealand, centred around the theme “How Diversity Works.”

Diversity is a complex concept that encompasses thoughts, emotions, experiences, social context, political process, identity and more.  The purpose of the exhibition will be to reflect both internal and external processes that promote or restrict human diversity, including but not limited to personal, psychological, social, cultural and political factors.   

The exhibition will aim to develop a more in-depth dialogue about diversity – moving beyond the usual characteristics of culture, race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality – to explore the idea that diversity exists in all people, in all places, at all times and that the challenge to humanity is to recognise it and respond appropriately.

We will favour works that represent the complex and interactive nature of diversity over and above usual one-dimensional articulations.

Expressions of interest are invited from anyone, anywhere in the world. Expressions should reflect the artist’s understanding of concepts of uniqueness, difference and abnormality in contrast to commonness, similarity and normality.  Artists are invited to use diverse mediums (eg. painting, sketch, photography, sculpture, installation, moving images, written/spoken word, film, multimedia), with the intent that the exhibition space will reflect the diversity theme.

Existing works will be considered as long as they match the exhibition criteria.

Please submit expressions of interest to Barbara Pike (barbara@diversitynz.com) by 10 September for consideration.

Expressions of Interest should not exceed 1000 words and include:

  • Artist name

  • Artistic statement

  • Location and contact details

  • Intended medium(s)

  • Brief outline of concept

  • Samples of previous work – image files should not exceed 2 MB.

Once we  know whether or not our proposal is accepted by ARTstation, we will be back in contact to ask for more detailed proposals for final assessment. There will be no fee for accepted works but artists will be required to cover production and shipping costs.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.