Visual Art – call for submissions for Hidden Door 2023

Hidden Door Festival is taking place from 31 May – 4 June 2023 and we are looking for visual artists who would like to contribute to this event and be part of our programme.

Deadline: Friday 2nd December 2022, midnight (EXTENDED DATE)

For our 2023 event, Hidden Door is planning something a little bit different…

We will be taking over a new space in Edinburgh which has never been used for the arts or creative events before, creating a five-day spectacular event that is even more immersive and atmospheric than any Hidden Door so far. 

As with every event we produce, we will be using this to present a multi art-form programme, featuring visual artists, live music, theatre, dance and spoken word embedded into the experience, with the intention of supporting and shining a spotlight on exciting new and emerging creative talent based in Scotland.

Through bringing a range of art forms together, Hidden Door aims to generate a wide audience for the arts and create high-impact events, providing the opportunity for contributors to reach new audiences and meet and work alongside a diverse range of artists. By bringing to life disused  buildings, we aim to create more space in the city for new things to happen providing an exciting way for audiences to access the  incredible creative talent emerging in Scotland.

We are looking for visual artists who would like to contribute to this event and be part of our programme.

There are 2 categories you can apply for:

Theme

We are working with the theme of ENVIRONMENTS, and will be commissioning a series of multi-art form collaborative projects to create environments within our venue. For our visual art programme we are looking for quality, innovative pieces that also explore or relate to that theme in some way and which will work alongside our commissioned projects creating a coherent event and experience for our audience.

Key Dates


How to submit

See below for how to submit either Pre-Existing 2D or 3D Works or as part of the New Graduate call.

Pre-Existing 2D or 3D Works: Submission Guidelines

We are looking for submissions of pieces of work that are already complete: these can be wall-based pieces, or free-standing sculptural pieces, or a series. 

We are not looking for installation work or projection-based work for these submissions.  

Eligibility

How To Apply

To submit, you must first complete our application form and select ‘Pre-Existing 2D or 3D works’. 

You will be asked to:

Once you have finished the form, we then ask that you email images of each work to visualartproposals@hiddendoorarts.org

All entries must be submitted through our online application process by midnight on 28th November 2022.  Works submitted late will not be considered.

Participation Fees

Each selected artist will receive a participation fee of £80 which is to assist in covering the cost of delivery of works. Artists are to invoice for this fee after the conclusion of the festival. payment will be made within 30 days.

Artists will also receive a free pass for all 5 nights of the Hidden Door festival.

Delivery and Presentation of Works

Selection 


New Graduates: Submission Guidelines

We are looking for installation, film and performance works which relate to the theme of ‘Environments’.  We encourage you to think about this theme broadly, whether this be responding to environmental issues, documenting the world, or creating new environments.

We are looking for works which already exist; either a degree show work, or another existing work which can be adapted and re-presented as part of Hidden Door Festival. 

We will also consider in-progress projects that are near completion.

Eligibility

How to Apply

To submit, you must first complete our application form and select ‘New Graduates’. 

You will be asked to:

Once you have finished the form, we then ask that you email up to 6 images to visualartproposals@hiddendoorarts.org

All entries must be submitted through our online application process by the stated deadline. Works submitted late will not be considered.

Fees & Materials

Installing Work and Take Down 

Selection


Hidden Door returns in 2023 from 31 May – 4 June. Early Bird tickets are still available here.

Photos on this page by Chris Scott, Dan Mosley and Iain Robinson. Used with kind permission.