“The Waste Land” Open Competition Leamington Studio Artists

Call for entries!

Response to “The Waste Land” by TS Eliot

Journeys with “The Waste Land” is an innovative three year project, bringing together communities in Margate and in Coventry with curators at the local art galleries to develop a major exhibition. The starting point is T. S. Eliot’s famous poem, “The Waste Land”, written in 1922 in the aftermath of the Great War. The exhibition Journeys with “The Waste Land” includes significant loans from national museums and galleries and will be on show at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry from 15 September 2018 to 18 November 2018, in collaboration with the Mead Gallery.  The project is facilitated by external curator Professor Michael Tooby who was born and grew up in Coventry. The exhibition period includes the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War 1.

The project introduces local people as expert advisers, exploring the meanings of the poem and its relationship to place. In Coventry, the poem’s imagery of journeys and fragmentation, of redemption through fire and rebirth, connects with the histories and myths of our city. “The Waste Land” contains many different voices, and uses quotations and references from world religions and classical and popular culture. It takes a long view from the perspective of a society coming to terms with the aftermath of war.

LSA member and volunteer, Karen Parker, works at the Mead Gallery and is a member of the project team. In parallel with the Journeys with “The Waste Land” exhibition at the Herbert Museum, Karen is curating this one off exhibition at East Lodge. Entry is open to all artists working in any media who wish to develop their own response to “The Waste Land.”

Submission to the exhibition is free for members and costs £10 for non-members. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit, but the maximum size for a 2D artwork is 50cm x 70cm or equivalent. Larger pieces may be accepted following negotiation with the East Lodge Manager.  The price for a collection of art (items which form a group) may be negotiated.  A selection process will take place and the submission fee will be refunded to those not selected to exhibit.

The deadline for registration is 1st October 2018. Registration will include a short description, no more than 150 words, of how the piece was inspired by The Waste Land and which aspect of the poem was chosen. Registration can be completed online or via form, which will be available from East Lodge.

Submission of work should be made to East Lodge on Monday 29th October.

The exhibition will make use of plinths, tables, wall space, floor space and glass cabinets. Multi-media submissions may be negotiated with the East Lodge Manager. There is some, limited, lockable display space.

There will be no commission fee charged on sales, but a 3% charge will be made for any purchases made by credit/debit card.

There will be a Judge’s Prize of £100 awarded to the artwork which Professor Tooby  feels provides the best response to The Waste Land. A £50 People’s Choice Award will also be made.

The exhibition will be open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm (subject to park opening times), from 31st October to 25th November.

The East Lodge Manager may be contacted via eastlodgemanager@lsa-artists.org.

To register for the exhibition, please follow this link.

Inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land” an exhibition at the
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry,
15 September – 18 November 2018

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