Our bi-ennial Summer Open Exhibition is now closed for entries.
Thank you to all who entered, the shortlist will be announced soon!
The MADE Summer Open was established to bring attention and focus to professional artists in Wales, and Cardiff in particular through creating a winner as chosen by a jury of gallerists, curators and previous winners who will award a winner's prize of a solo show in MADE's gallery programme the following year. This raises the bar in several ways; it announces a dedicated period of intention to produce a new body of work, within a curatorial framework of development through conversation towards a show. It focuses promotional energies and press into creating audience interest and engagement, as well as a stated element of investment to draw other funding support for the artist from public bodies and private sponsors.
It has successfully helped to establish the careers of emerging artists such as Zena Blackwell and Lucia Jones, as well as creating attention and interest from the art viewing arena within Wales and beyond. It acknowledges that serious talent exists and can thrive outside London.
This year, there will also be a visitor's choice award of £100, for one of the exhibited artworks / artists, as championed by the audience.
Lucia Jones is a Welsh painter based in Cardiff. Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2014, she has exhibited throughout the UK in solo and group exhibitions including BEEP Painting Prize 2018. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Austria.
Drawing from the cinematic imagery of 90s romantic comedies and cult classics, Jones’ work continues her longstanding exploration of the materiality of paint in relation to memory through harnessing aspects of surface detail as a painterly vehicle to grasp at the intangible. Part scrapbook, part collage, these elements sit together having visibly but subtly shifted context. Some areas in high sharp focus, whilst faces are blurred, denied obvious recognition. We are unsettled in the familiar, something of the colour, a shard of detail jumps into focus, much in the same way we replay a scene in our memory. They offer the question of whose version this is. Does it belong to the figure in the image? Removed from the movie narrative – it is ultimately ourselves that we draw, as we fill in the gaps, we write the scene from the bits left behind, and we work with what remains - whilst the liminal line of something else, is overtly there to remind us of the other possibility we cannot see. Slivers of the imagined and real sit on the surface of the canvas serving as sifted remnants and artefacts of the seen and the experienced. Impersonal and personal all at once, they allude to fragmented space whilst conjuring an internalised or other world. The exhibition was supported by the Arts Council Wales.
As the recipient of the MADE Summer Open Exhibition in 2017, the prize helped in accelerating my practice in unimaginable ways and acted as the perfect catalyst for my career.
The amount of work that Zoë Gingell and the MADE Team put into the exhibition between my
winning of the prize and the show being taken down on the last day was monumental. Immediately after being announced the winner in 2017, there was a strong sense of professionalism and of being nurtured, setting the tone for the next 13 months. A plan of action for the year ahead was mapped out and monthly mentoring sessions with Zoe were arranged. This structure and support implemented from the get-go filled me with the confidence and encouragement I needed, from guiding me through my Arts Council application to the design of publicity material.
Zoë's expertise and constant advice and support were invaluable during the year. She was 100% dedicated to the exhibition, selflessly devoting her time and going beyond the call of duty to ensure that I felt fully supported. This all enabled me to believe in myself and my ability to produce an exhibition of the highest standard. Zoë's amazing insight into the themes within my paintings was also invaluable. By her locating and identifying of these themes, I was able develop and investigate them further than I ever would have on my own. The monthly mentoring sessions either took place in my studio or at MADE and it also gave Zoë and I the opportunity to assess works and ensure that everything was on schedule. I can categorically say that the solo show at MADE has raised my profile enormously. The attention that the exhibition garnered not only in Wales, but on a national level, led to sales, further exhibition offers and more press and reviews even after it had closed. I am under no illusion that I would not have received this attention had I not had the solo exhibition at MADE; galleries like MADE are vital to the development of early career artists.
Winning the Summer Art Prize came at a critical point for me; as a young emerging artist it provided the rare opportunity to completely immerse myself in painting with the affirmation that my career choice was a very real and achievable dream. To be able to have a solo exhibition with the support of a Gallery and the Arts Council of Wales at this juncture in my life has been truly career defining. MADE reinforced my confidence in my work, nurtured my practice and has placed me in great stead to continue to pursue my career as an artist.
The curatorial support from Zoë Gingell over the past year has been invaluable as it pushed the conceptual and material boundaries within my practice, developing and consolidating it into new and exciting places. As a result, my solo exhibition at MADE, 'Tales from the Cutting Room Floor', has become a cornerstone in my practice by providing new avenues to explore and a deeper pool of possibilities in paint to dive into for years to come. The prize also boosted my profile as an artist by forming new, and building upon existing, professional relationships with galleries, curators and collectors. MADE and the Solo Art Prize have been instrumental in propelling my career and further establishing my practice in the UK and on the international arts scene.
The commitment by Zoë and the team to my exhibition throughout the pandemic was exceptional, overcoming all challenges posed to the sector throughout the year, and stands testament to the fervent dedication and passion of the team for supporting emerging artists.
Prizes: In addition to the Solo Art Prize, for the first time, we will also be awarding a people's prize.
Winner - A solo show at Cardiff MADE in 2022 selected by Jury (to be announced).
People's prize £100 (as voted by audience poll, announced at the end of the exhibition).
Entries must be submitted in line with the following or they will not be considered.
Submitted work MUST be available for sale and to be sold exclusively via MADE for the duration of the exhibition. Any sales enquiries gained via the gallery exposure following the online exhibition will be respected on the same terms. By submitting your work, you agree to our submission guidelines. The prize is for mid-career and emerging artists with a professional practice, not intended for artists currently within education or recent graduates.
Submission email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected work must be available for exhibition.
Work must be ready to hang and/or framed if required.
Submission Deadline - 10.6.21
Shortlist Announcement - 14.6.21
Exhibition Opens - 10.7.21
Winners announcement - 23.7.21
What do I need to include in my submission email?
How many images can I submit?
We are asking for a maximum of 5 images for consideration.Works must have been completed in the last 18 months.
What is the format guidance for the images?
Are there any restrictions for the medium or dimensions of work?
Artwork can be in any medium, 2D, 3D or digital video with no restriction in size, the only requirement being good resolution digital images of the work must be supplied.
Is there a submission fee?
Yes, we charge a nominal fee for all our open calls to cover the administration costs of running the exhibition. It is £20 per artist for this exhibition. The exhibition fee is non-refundable and must be included with your submission.
How do I price my work?
Please supply guide prices which will then be discussed with the gallery team. Please include the gallery commission rate in your guide prices.
What is the commission rate?
Cardiff M.A.D.E has a commission rate of 40%, please include this in the pricing of your work.
How do I pay?
Please send via PayPal to email@example.com with the exhibition title as the reference or request details for a bank transfer.
Will I receive a confirmation of entry?
Yes, a confirmation email will be sent to mark receipt of entry.
When will I know if I have been selected?
Selected artists will be notified by 14th June.