Open Call for Members’ Proposals for ESW Summer Commission 2025

Open Call for Members Proposals. 

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2024 at 5pm.
ESW is seeking proposals from our membership for the 2025 Summer Commission. The Summer Commission showcases the work of the artists working with us to an international audience during August. Over the last few years, we have presented work that has been produced through the Residency Programme, the work of invited artists and this year we will exhibit the work of our first ESW Fellow, Sequoia Danielle Barnes.

In 2025, one of our members will have the chance to develop new work to be exhibited in either The Courtyard or the North Labs. throughout August. Rather than select an artist from our membership we have decided to ask for proposals from which a panel of international selectors will choose the successful applicant.

We are looking for ambitious and innovative proposals that will provide audiences with an engaging and stimulating encounter with contemporary sculpture. The production of the work will be supported by the ESW staff team, access to our specialist facilities and a generous production budget. The resulting exhibition will be part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2025, an amazing platform to present your work to an international audience. There will be an 11-month development period, fully supported by the staff team at all stages of the production.

  • A production budget of up to £5000
  • A fee of £1000
  • Studio space at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, as required.
  • Production, support and training from our technical team.
  • Mentorship and support from our programme team.
  • Full access to the workshop equipment and facilities.
  • A publication to accompany the exhibition with a commissioned text.

There is also the potential to access accommodation at ESW at times throughout the project.

To Apply

  • You must hold an active membership of ESW prior to 1 July 2024.
  • Your application should be a PDF under 10MB and should include:
  • A proposal for an exhibition in either the Courtyard or the North Labs of not more than 750 words.
  • Up to 500 words articulating your artistic practice.
  • 8-10 supporting images with details of the proposed work (You can include links to your website and other works online).
  • No budget is required at this stage.

Unfortunately, we will not accept proposals from staff members.

Download a plan of the spaces here: North Labs and Courtyard

If you have any questions about the application or want to meet to discuss your proposal please email: dan@edinburghsculpture.org

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2024 at 5pm.

Email your application to dan@edinburghsculpture.org

Timeline

  • 31 August 2024 – Application Deadline
  • September 2024 – Selection panel Possible: Ashanti Harris, Kenny Hunter, EtchingRoom1, Milly Alexandra Dery. TBC
  • October 2024 – Artist announced. Initial planning meetings with staff.
  • November – December 2024 – Project development.
  • February – July 2025 – Production
  • August 2025 – Exhibition

If you have any questions about the application or want to meet to discuss your proposal please email: dan@edinburghsculpture.org