Throughout May, Platform Arts is handing over the control of their curated gallery program, inviting artists to direct the content of a new open call exhibition, After Walter Hopps. Operating in reverse from the standard exhibition format of fixed works and a preview, After Walter Hopps will open with an empty gallery space, and will culminate in one conclusive hang and exhibition presentation at the ‘final viewing’, silent auction and closing party on Friday, 03 June.
Over 22 days, artists will have the opportunity to bring in new and existing works which will be installed in the gallery space on a first-come, first-served basis in a challenging curatorial exercise. The overall aim is to fill the gallery from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, in a show that takes shape both cumulatively and expansively.
After Walter Hopps aims at removing the restrictions enforced in an institutional gallery setting – opening it up for civic reclamation through showcasing the works of all who dare to call themselves an artist, irrespective of profile or reputation. Platform Arts will accept anything that:
- the maker wishes to call art
- that can fit through the gallery doors
- that can be constructed in the space
- that happens or is performed in the space.
No pre-registration is required; just show up with your work during our opening hours (see our website)
- Upon arrival, artists will be asked to fill out a digital form to identify their work, set a price, provide contact details and confirm attendance at the closing party on 03 June.
- Platform Arts staff will be in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition (09 May – 03 June) assisting artists with their install needs. Some basic equipment will be provided for artists to use to install their works.
- All physical works installed in the exhibition will be for sale via silent auction at the closing party on 03 June. Platform takes a 20% commission on all artwork sales. It is condition of submitting work that artists must attend this event.
- Artists will need to install their work around the works that are already installed in the space. They are not allowed to obscure, cover or damage another person’s artwork when installing their work and can use any of the remaining available space (floor, wall, or ceiling).
For more information and opening hours for artwork drop-offs and performances, please visit Platform Arts’ website.