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Call for Proposals from now until Monday 23 July 2018

Thursday, 5 July 2018 3:10:05 p.m.





Artspace Aotearoa is looking for submissions for the project No Fingerlicking, a mentored exhibition project for artists to run from 20 August - 15 October 2018.


As part of Artspace’s commitment to the promotion, engaging, supporting and critical understanding of young artists, curators, writers or cultural agents, we are seeking proposals from recent graduates looking to collectively and supportively work towards an exhibition at Artspace Aotearoa.


No Fingerlicking advocates for turning pages slowly. Stimulating the potential role that artists

and cultural actors have in changing the institutes that organise our lives so profoundly, it addresses governance, political structures, social relationship and community building in an era that seemingly becomes more disruptive, nervous and harder to understand through simple means. No Fingerlicking asks for proposals that offer imaginative analogies, suggestions that think about both the rules that govern us and the perspective we can have on the future horizon, take comfort that it exists and to be able to turn the page to something else.  


No Fingerlicking points at the old rule of many libraries where you are not allowed to use saliva to turn the pages of the books, mainly for health reasons. But how to wet our fingers once again, take bodily ownership of our future and turn the page?


Applications open from now until Monday 23 July with selections made the week thereafter for the project to commence on the 20 August, the start of the studio and production period at Artspace. The proposals will be read by Artspace NZ staff and five participants will be chosen to participate.


Artists will receive:


  • Artist fee of $1000
  • Studio space at Artspace
  • Production budget, the amount will be negotiated within the requirements and nature of the work
  • Mentorship and production support from Artspace director and team, as well as people suggested by the artists themselves
  • An exhibition at Artspace NZ


Application requirements:


  • 500 word imaginative proposal
  • One image for the purpose of illustration, clarity or inspiration, does not have to be of  the proposed work itself
  • Recent graduate
  • Must be available for mentor sessions in Auckland from 20 August - 15 October


Important dates:  


  • Now - 23 July applications open
  • 30 July participants announced
  • 20 August - 15 September Mentor Sessions and production time   
  • 15 September Exhibition opens
  • 11 October Finissage
  • 15 October Exhibition closes to the public


Send proposals to by 5pm Monday July 23rd

For further information please contact  


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