// regarding the current times some of the promoted submission deadlines may be postponed
// some curators may take more time than usual to give you heads notice on received artwork as they may be putting it under quarantine
due date 2021-02-28 // 1 day(s) left for submission
theme printing and reproduction techniques within mailart
show 2021-04-01 > 2021-04-30
show address FACE - Fórum de Arte e Cultura de Espinho
submission address MONSENHOR ENVIDE NEFELIBATA
| R DO FALCAO 369 3E
| 4300 181 PORTO PORTUGAL
Printing techniques were never far apart from the art world as some might think. Woodcut, typography, silkscreen, lithograph, stencil, rubber stamps, 3D printing, digital printing, ... are a short list of various means of reproduction within our reach that are also explored for their artistic expression. Although some of these media may have arisen purely for the sake of reproduction and others with marketing intentions ... others had arise with a purely artistic vision. However, none of these techniques, sooner or later, escaped artists who use them for creating multiples or for their material expressiveness.
It is therefore with this call and with this question in mind that we invite you to question multiples in artistic creation and printing techniques as expression, either through artworks or written statements.
On our previous curated mailart and artbymail open call and exhibition entitled "Hate Mail? for ya Fat F#uck", we've dealt with similar content as we've shown Claudio Parentela's artwork in the form of digital prints of his own digital collages... in a way raising the question: if physical prints of artwork meant to prevail only among the digital world may or not be considered art? We've also laid out a consonant scheme while presenting rough quality prints from scans of Rachelline Centomo's personal international mailart open call "La Muerte / Mientras la Vida nos Dure" that had happened at Mexico the previous year.
Exhibitions on tour through Portugal are ALREADY confirmed. We'll keep you updated by email. There will be a digital book to be shared and spread around free of charge to all artists and partners.
Refining is the cultivation of intent, sow a thought, agreeing to the natural rhythm of the season's cycle.
curator Free Lab Track
required dimensions 150 x 150 mm | 5.9 x 5.9 in
Estones del Migdia
due date 2021-03-21 // 22 day(s) left for submission
submission address Projecte 'Estones del Migdia'
| C/ Ritort i Faus 9, 4-2
| 43002 Tarragona
This project is coordinated by primary school students.
maximum dimensions 297 x 210 mm | 11.7 x 8.3 in
minimum dimensions 100 x 150 mm | 3.9 x 5.9 in
Burning Of Books
due date 2021-03-31 // 32 day(s) left for submission
theme Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
show 2021-05-16 > 2021-05-16
show address Lange Kunstnacht
| D-73342 Bad Ditzenbach
submission address Mail Art - Burning Of Books
| Schillerstraße 2
| D-73312 Geislingen/Steige
Call for mail art representing the Burning of Books by the Nazis in Germany during May 1933 and also all other demonstrative destruction of books, other writings or objects by fire from the early and middle ages until the 21st century. Never again.
Exhibition in May 2021 during "Long Art Night“ Bad Ditzenbach. Aabout 1500 visitors and later, more places to come.
due date 2021-04-04 // 36 day(s) left for submission
submission address J.L. Hernández Galán ( igakusei )
| PO Box 10026
| Zip Code 41002
Definition #1: Easter egg, is a gastronomic tradition of the Easter “festival”, where decorated chocolate eggs are given or exchanged.
Definition #2: Easter egg (media), is a term used to describe a message, image, or feature hidden in a video game, film, or other electronic médium. Some programmers have special motivation to leave a personal mark, as an artistic touch on their intellectual product.
due date 2021-07-25 // 148 day(s) left for submission
theme Emilio Carrasco
submission address In Memoriam Emilio Carrasco
| Constitución #20 Col, Centro
| Guadalupe CP 98600
Emilio Carrasco was a prolific Mexican artist recognized internationally for his long career, he was also an active and passionate promoter and participant of mail art for 40 years. This call is the initiative of his wife and children to honor his memory.
due date 2021-10-05 // 220 day(s) left for submission
show 2021-10-05 > 2021-10-21
show address AIRspace Projects
submission address Poste Restante C/O Airspace Projects 10 Junction Street
| Marrickville, NSW
| Australia 2204
Write a letter 'Poste Restante', to someone in your life that has passed, to the care of artist Ida Sophia and Airspace Projects (Australia). At the exhibition, the letters will be ritually delivered via live performance.
This call is for the second Paint-Your-Own Masterpieces video, to be posted on the project's blog. Submissions are due on December 31 2021, or before, for inclusion in the video. You must start or include the original image of the Mona Lisa paint-by-number in some way - the video experience is meant to be an evolving image so consistency is needed. Pieces that do not include the Mona Lisa paint-by-number will not be included in the video but will appear on the blog, as well as any late arrivals.
due date 2021-12-31 // 307 day(s) left for submission
show address Museu Quinta da Cruz
| Estrada de São Salvador
| 3510-784 São Salvador
| Viseu PORTUGAL
submission address Museu Quinta da Cruz
| Estrada de São Salvador
| 3510-784 São Salvador
| Viseu PORTUGAL
Quinta da Cruz - Centro de Arte Contemporânea is located at Viseu – Portugal, and was created as a dynamic center for art, culture, and identity. It is a cultural space oriented towards the exhibition of contemporary art, to the development of artistic practices, and is perceived as an engine of local artistic promotion. Intended for public enjoyment, culture, and leisure, it is integrated into a wide green space of excellence and remarkable biodiversity.
The Mail Art project promotes the democratic participation of artistic practices, through the reactivation of an expression that had its peak, in an alternative way to the conventional means of art exhibitions, in the 60s / 70s. Annually, an international open call is created and an exhibition is held with the received artwork.
It furthermore legitimates, that artistic production is a preponderant expression for the creation of dialogue spaces, places of "rupture", reinvention and boldness. Through this call, the transformative, inclusive and participatory role of art is implicit. The route of these works is interpreted and intervened throughout this postal journey. More than an annual call, this project claims a model of collaborative work with the goal of constituting and giving visibility to collections of this nature.
In 2021, VISEU values natural attributes and the relationship with the “environment”. The IV OPEN CALL is directed to the theme VISEU Garden - City.
We launch an invitation to artists and to everyone else interested in Mail Art to send their artwork and join in the IV Edition of this open call. Only artwork received by traditional snail mail will be displayed. We hope to receive drawings, collages, stamps, visual poetry, among others, at Quinta da Cruz - Contemporary Art Center of Viseu.
• Only one side of the artwork will be displayed.
• Artwork considered obscene or offensive will be excluded.
• All artwork, even those received after the deadline, will integrate the Quinta da Cruz Museum collection and may be exhibited at future Mail Art events.
• Artwork received after the submission deadline will not be part of the current open call.
• All artists are kindly requested to provide, by email or traditional snail mail, the following information for means of public display: artist > profile picture | name | brief bio | email address | website | address // artwork > title | media details | brief text
• All received content will also be displayed online at the digital platform www.quintadacruz.yzonk.com.
• During the exhibition, we will promote workshops entitled "Give and Receive" where artistic objects inspired by the received artwork will be created, with the purpose of being randomly offered to the public that visits this exhibition and / or sent to participating artists.
• Artists who do not wish to disclose private information, such as name or postal address, should not include them in their correspondence.
• If sending from abroad we advise you to add the words "SEM VALOR COMERCIAL" to avoid customs delay.
• No return | No jury | Free technique
precise exhibition date to be set further on
this project has YZONK’s and Monsenhor enVide neFelibata’s support
curator QUINTA DA CRUZ - Museu de Arte Contemporânea
like it or not, www.mailart.pt lists active open calls sorted out by due date, as well as exhibitions, artists, links of interest, and so on ... but it may end up being much more
only after starting this listing, at 01_august_2018, i did realize the extraordinary amount of new open calls coming up all the time ... almost 20 new ones per month! and that's only those that i can grasp... from automatic bot searches, constant research, direct emailing, and from those special people that keep me updated on what is going on in the community
so, for all of those like me that enjoy stats and precise numbers ... since it began we're talking of around 500 open calls totaling around 1 new open call every other day
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