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26 Aug 2009

'Open Call' to artists, a project by Brina Thurston for 'Impossible Exchange' at Frieze Projects

'Open Call' to artists, a project by Brina Thurston for 'Impossible Exchange' at Frieze Projects


Submissions are due by
September 20, 2009

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Within the framework of Frieze Projects at the 2009 edition of Frieze Art Fair, New York-based artist Brina Thurston is organizing 'Open Call', a work presented by the curatorial team Filipa Oliveira + Miguel Amado as part of the project 'Impossible Exchange'.

Brina Thurston's 'Open Call' considers the ostensibly democratic process by which art institutions invite artists to submit works to be considered for exhibition, but in which many factors other than quality and merit operate. Transporting what happens behind closed doors to a public arena, this project consists of an open call to artists that are not included in the 2009 Frieze Art Fair and the presentation in a booth of all the proposals submitted for one day. Brina Thurston queries the existing logic of open calls by providing exposure opportunities for a range of artists outside of the gallery system and shifting the power of selection to the artist.

If you are an artist not included in the 2009 edition of Frieze Art Fair, you are welcome to submit proposals for Brina Thurston's project. Submissions are due by September 20, 2009. All proposals will be presented at Frieze Projects as part of the project 'Impossible Exchange'. The presentation will take place at the booth of 'Impossible Exchange' at Frieze Art Fair. For further information, opening hours and admissions information see

Submission Guidelines

Please fill out the online submission form at
Installation shots, video stills, performance documentation and other media are welcome.
There is a limit of one submission per artist.

Image Guidelines
Image submissions must be in JPG format, no larger than 1MB.
Images should be labelled lastname_firstintial.jpg (i.e. Smith_J.jpeg).
The image you submit will be viewed in the booth at the art fair digitally and you may choose to put your name, title, year, medium, and dimensions.

Please e-mail one JPEG to and include your name.

On Site Review
There are a limited number of passes for artists who will be in London during the Frieze Art Fair. If you are available and can easily carry your work to Frieze Art Fair please indicate this on the online form. You will be contacted in advance to schedule your live onsite review in the style of 'Antiques Road Show'. Please note that the passes will be distributed on a first to apply basis.