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24 Apr 2024

Festivals InLight: Grounds for Clearing

1708 Gallery Richmond, Virginia, United States

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: May 22, 2024 – 1708 Gallery is pleased to announce its call for proposals for its 17th annual 2-night exhibition of contemporary art outside. InLight: Grounds for Clearing, will take place November 8 thru 9, 2024 at Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, located at 4901 Old Brook Road in Richmond, Virginia.

InLight features new media, sound art, light-based media, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based works, and interactive and virtual projects that are experienced in the dark, and moves to a new location each year. Every year, InLight examines the complex and sometimes conflicted histories of Richmond’s public spaces, reflecting community dialogues about which stories are shared and how they are told.

This year’s InLight curators are Tiffany E. Barber and Nicole Pollard.

The curatorial team is especially interested in proposals that address ideas around rest and healing, isolation and exile, preservation and reclamation, and fresh air and nature as forms of respite and remedy.

Taking Pine Camp’s history and topography as inspiration, InLight: Grounds for Clearing will explore the material and metaphorical facets of open space. The Oxford Dictionary defines a clearing as “an open space in a forest, especially one cleared for cultivation;” in Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, the clearing is a space for healing and for Black revival, a place for Black folks to love and care for themselves outside of the white gaze. When Pine Camp first came to be, it was a clearing – a space carved out of the pine woods, far outside of the city where people went to heal. A former farm and site of both a whites-only and separate Black Tuberculosis Hospital listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pine Camp today is a multidisciplinary, multiracial community space that offers a theater, dance studio, art classes, darkroom, playground, basketball court, soccer field, walking trails, nature reserves, and public artworks.

For this year’s exhibition, 1708 invites regional, national, and international artists, collectives, and community organizations working in all media and disciplines to submit entries that engage with and respond to the histories that comprise Pine Camp and its surrounding terrain.

For InLight: Grounds for Clearing, artists are invited to propose projects that engage with and expand upon Pine Camp’s histories as well as the site’s current activities and uses. Successful projects will incorporate the site’s topography; its history surrounding race and public health; its wildlife as well as its native flora and fauna; weather and climate patterns as well as ecological and environmental change in the U.S. upper south; and Pine Camp’s current significance to its surrounding communities. Artists are encouraged to consult and incorporate extant digital archival photographs, site maps, and other materials into their proposals.


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Founded by artists in 1978, 1708 Gallery is a nonprofit art space committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Our mission is to present exceptional new art.

1708 Gallery
319 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Opportunity Categories: + Open to All Media. Opportunity Types: Festivals. Opportunity Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 05 May thru June, and Open to Artists Worldwide. Benefits: *No Participation Fee and Exhibition - Group.

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