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Open Call är ansökningsformuläret där yrkesverksamma konstnärer kan ansöka om att delta i OpenArt. Ansökan inför OpenArt 2024 är öppen till och med 28 februari 2023.

Flicka går bredvid konstverk som består av ett hus uppbyggt av aluminiumkuddar. Konstverket står utomhus under träd.

Foto: Sofie Isaksson

Open Call opens January 31

Open Call is the application form where professional artists from all over the world can apply to participate in the exhibition in 2024. It will be open until February 28th. See the link above to get to the application at konstpool.se.

What is OpenArt

OpenArt is an exhibition that takes place in the city center of Örebro every second summer. Contemporary artworks are displayed outdoors and available for public interaction day and night during the exhibition period. For each edition the festival presents a large number of artists working in a wide variety of art mediums and techniques. The majority of the artworks are sculpture and installations but we welcome artists working in all disciplines, interested in the intersection between art and the public.

OpenArt is primarily an outdoor exhibition, which is promoted in this year's selection of artworks. Artists who intend to apply to OpenArt 2024 should primarily apply with artwork that can be placed outdoors. There will be an opportunity for applicants to add a portfolio with more ideas or existing artworks if indoor areas arise later in the planning.

See previous exhibitions in the archives 2008 - 2022

Sustainability in mind

OpenArt is run by a small team working in a warm hearted manner, able to offer technical advise and some assistance during the production process in the workshop space at our facilities. As most of the projects exhibited at OpenArt are of temporary character we aim to use material carefully and in a sustainable and cautios way when producing.

It is important to have an overall plan of the material used before, during and after the exhibition. For example, can materials be collected for a project and then recycled after the exhibition?

The artists

We require the artist to have the knowledge to manage their chosen materials and production themselves. Each artist is expected to lead the technical work installing the art work in a secure and responsible way. This also includes staying within the agreed budget and deadlines set in consultation with the team.

The selection process

After the Open Call has closed, the applications are analyzed and discussed by an invited jury that makes recommendations. It is then up to OpenArt to initiate conversations with the artists and decide on the selection.

By 2020, OpenArt used an art jury, the people's jury and the children's jury in the selection of artworks for the 2022 exhibition.

Budget

As participating artists:

  • Artist fee of SEK 10,000.
  • When creating a new artwork, OpenArt provides production support according to an agreed production budget.
  • OpenArt books and pays for the transport of artworks to and from the exhibition.
  • OpenArt books and pays for travel and accommodation during installation.
  • OpenArt covers costs related to the installation period such as permits, cranes, wheel loaders, lifts, electricity and technical staff.

The budget for projects is limited, so it is welcome if the artist can seek external funding for production, travel, accommodation or transport.

Ett stort konstverk, uppbyggt som en stor kuliss med berg och höga träd. Konstnären går mitt i kulissen.

Foto: Sofie Isaksson

Open Call öppnar 31 januari

Open Call är ansökningsformuläret där yrkesverksamma konstnärer från hela världen kan ansöka om att delta i utställningen 2024. Ansökningen är digital och länk finns här ovan till konstpool.se. Sista ansökningsdag är den 28 februari.


Vad är OpenArt?

OpenArt är en utställning som äger rum i centrala Örebro varannan sommar. Samtida konstverk visas i första hand utomhus och är tillgängliga för allmänheten både dag och natt under utställningsperioden. För varje upplaga presenterar OpenArt ett stort antal konstnärer som arbetar inom en mängd olika konstmedier och tekniker. Majoriteten av konstverken är skulpturer och installationer men vi välkomnar konstnärer som arbetar inom alla discipliner, intresserade av mötet mellan konst och publik.

OpenArt är främst en utomhusutställning vilket prioriteras i årets urval av konstverk. Konstnärer som tänker söka till OpenArt 2024 bör i första hand ansöka med konstverk som kan placeras utomhus. Det kommer finnas möjlighet för ansökande att lägga till en portfölj med fler idéer eller befintliga konstverk om det uppkommer inomhusytor längre fram i planeringen.

Se tidigare utställningar i arkivet 2008 - 2022

Hur går urvalet till?

Efter att Open Call har stängt analyseras och diskuteras ansökningarna av en inbjuden jury som kommer med rekommendationer. Det är sedan upp till OpenArt att inleda samtal med konstnärerna och besluta om urvalet.

Senast 2020 använde sig OpenArt av en konstjury, folkets jury och barnens jury i urvalet av konstverk till utställningen 2022.

Hållbar produktion

OpenArt drivs av ett litet team med stort hjärta som kan erbjuda teknisk rådgivning och viss assistans under produktionsprocessen i OpenArts verkstad. Eftersom de flesta konstverk som ställs ut på OpenArt är av tillfällig karaktär, strävar vi efter att använda material varsamt och på ett hållbart sätt vid produktion.

Det är viktigt att ha en helhetsplanering av materialet som används både innan, under och efter utställning. Kan material exempelvis samlas in till ett konstverk för att sedan återvinnas efter utställningen?

Konstnärerna projektleder

Vi kräver att konstnären har kunskap att hantera sitt valda material och produktionssätt. Varje konstnär förväntas leda det tekniska arbetet med att installera konstverket på ett säkert och ansvarsfullt sätt. I detta ingår också att hålla sig inom den överenskomna budgeten och deadlines som satts i samråd med teamet.

Budget

Som medverkande konstnärer:

  • Utställningsersättning på 10 000 sek.
  • Vid framtagning av nytt konstverk ger OpenArt produktionsstöd efter överenskommen produktionsbudget.
  • OpenArt bokar och bekostar transport av konstverk till och från utställning.
  • OpenArt bokar och bekostar resa och boende vid installation.
  • OpenArt står för kostnader som rör installationsperioden såsom tillstånd, kranbil, hjullastare, liftar, el samt teknisk personal.

Budgeten för projekt är begränsad, så det är välkommet om konstnären har möjlighet att söka extern finansiering för produktion, resa, boende eller transport.

Ett stort konstverk, uppbyggt som en stor kuliss med berg och höga träd. Konstnären går mitt i kulissen.

Foto: Sofie Isaksson

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to them. Please read through before contacting us. If you still can't find the information on your question, you may contact us: openart@orebro.se

The application period is between 31 January to 28 February 2023.
Opens 13:00 (1pm) CET UTC+1 (Swedish time) on January 31st
Closes 13:00 (1pm) CET UTC+1 (Swedish time) on February 28thxt

The exhibition period is June – September 2024. Exact dates will be set during autumn 2023.

You can make 2 applications in total. First you fill in the information form for the first artwork/project and click submit. Then it is possible to apply again with a second artwork/project by repeating the process again and filling out the information form.

Either you can enter 2 already existing artworks, or you can enter 2 ideas to develop or you can enter 1 existing artwork and 1 idea to develop.

You can submit your application until 28 February 2023 13:00 (1pm) CET UTC+1 (Swedish time)

OpenArt is open to all professional artists worldwide.

Our Open Call will be available at www.konstpool.se (Konstpool is a platform that assembles information about open calls in Sweden). A direct link to our Open Call is presented at this webpage (below the picture).

You start by registering as a user at Konstpool. Directly after registration a confirmation e-mail will be sent to your registered e-mail. You need to confirm your user by clicking on the link in the e-mail.

When you have confirmed your user, you can find our Open Call in the list of active Open Calls under the category Visual art.

In the application form you answer the questions asked and fill in the requested information before submitting.

You can make 2 applications in total. First you fill in the information form for the first artwork/project and click submit. Then it is possible to apply again with a second artwork/project by repeating the process again and filling out the information form.

In the application it is possible to add pictures (max 5) to each artwork you are applying with. Resumes and portfolios are not mandatory and can be added as complementary information.

Before you submit your application, make sure your profile and artwork details are accurate and complete.

OpenArt is a contemporary art biennial taking place every other summer in Örebro, Sweden where artworks displayed outdoors are available for public interaction day and night. For each edition the festival presents a large number of artists working in a wide variety of art mediums and techniques. Most of the artworks are sculptures and installations but we welcome artists working in all mediums.

Artworks can be presented on the ground, in air, on water (Svartån), around the castle, in parks, on facades and within the shopping malls or temporary indoor locations. You can see all previous artworks in our archive: Archive OpenArt - previous exhibitions 2008-2022

OpenArt is mainly an outdoor exhibition but artworks, fragile or not, can be displayed in various ways and we welcome innovative solutions on how to exhibit art in public spaces. It is good to bear in mind that artworks placed in public on ground level needs to be durable to withstand both wind, rain and curious hands. An artwork can for example be placed out of reach on a higher level but still visible for the audience. If you have an idea on how to display your artwork outdoors when the actual artwork is fragile you can still apply to OpenArt.

As all our indoor spaces are lent to us, we don’t know how many indoor spaces we might have for the exhibition (if we have any at all). Therefore, we ask everyone to apply with artwork to be placed outdoors. However, we do ask all applying artists to add a portfolio of previous works in case we see possibilities to add more artworks to the exhibition.

No.

Your application can be modified until the last day of the Open Call.

OpenArt is an exhibition that takes place in the city center and the art will be placed outdoors available for public interaction day and night during the exhibition period. We see possibilities for a wide range of art mediums and techniques but are particularly looking for artworks for the open space and in particular new ideas on what public art can be.

Something that is also good to keep in mind is that OpenArt targets an audience which isn’t usually in contact with art and therefore has another curiosity and level of respect towards it. This requires the artwork to be made of durable materials, to be able to withstand wind, rain and curious hands.

Artists can apply as solo, duo or group. Accepted groups or duos share the artist fee of 10.000 SEK.

You can submit your application in English. Due to an international staff we appreciate if also Swedish artists apply in English. But it is of course ok to apply in Swedish if that is preferred.

If you are among the selected artists, you will be contacted by the curatorial team at OpenArt, who will provide you with all the necessary information for the next step.

OpenArt will contact all applicants by e-mail sometime during late spring 2023 (approximately May). You are officially a participating artist when a contract is signed between you and OpenArt.

Confirmed artists will receive an artist fee of 10.000 SEK (a confirmed group will share 10.000 SEK).

When creating new artworks, OpenArt provides production support according to an agreed production budget. OpenArt in dialogue with the artist should find the most appropriate, time-efficient, and cost-effective solutions.

OpenArt books and pays for the transport of artworks to and from the exhibition.

OpenArt books and pays for travel and accommodation during installation.

OpenArt covers costs related to the installation period such as permits, cranes, wheel loaders, lifts, electricity, and technical staff.

The budget for projects is limited, so it is welcome if the artist can seek external funding for production, travel, accommodation, or transport as OpenArt tries to do the same.

When producing an artwork, we encourage the artist to use materials that are less permanent or may be reusable and here OpenArt can be supportive in looking for this kind of material. OpenArt has a large network of local partners to collaborate with when it comes to production efficiency such as cutting costs on materials and manufacturing. This also applies for already existing artwork that might need alteration when being placed in public space.

OpenArt can offer technical guidance, support and some assistance throughout the process. At the OpenArt office we have a wood workshop, metal workshop, printers and other facilities such as kitchen and social spaces. The OpenArt team work hard and expect the artist to work hard as well and to be a project leader of their own work with us as support. Artists are expected to participate in the installation of their own artwork and OpenArt will do a safety inspection of the artwork before opening.

It is entirely up to the artist to decide if the artwork is for sale. The purpose of the biennial is not to sell artwork and for a lot of the artworks it is not possible to sell as they are site-specific and meant to last only during the exhibition time. The normal procedure is that the artwork produced for the exhibition is demolished afterwards and the artwork lent to the exhibition is sent back to the artist. If something is sold during the exhibition OpenArts commission is 30%.

OpenArt bears the cost for the transportation of lent artwork to and from the exhibition. Artists are responsible for the packing and packing materials for their works. Taking photos of how the artwork is packed is a part of the routine. The artist is obliged to give OpenArt packing instructions when it is time to send the artwork back. The packing materials should be adapted to the method of transport. Wooden packaging is recommended as OpenArt normally doesn’t use art shippers.

Yes, the artworks are insured throughout the exhibition period and during transport to and from the exhibition.

Please send your inquiries to openart@orebro.se.

If you have lent an artwork for the exhibition, OpenArt will book and pay for transport back to where it came from.

If you have produced a temporary artwork for OpenArt they are usually demolished after exhibition and materials are recycled.

It is important to have an overall plan of the material used before, during and after the exhibition. For example, can materials be collected for a project and then recycled after the exhibition?

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Telefon: 019-21 10 00 

Öppettider: Vardagar kl. 8-16.30

Besöksadress: Näbbtorgsgatan 10

Öppettider: Vardagar kl. 10-16

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