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Call for Submissions – Shape Open Exhibition 2012

By Paul Cockburn

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Shape, in association with Westway Development Trust and our sponsors HSBC, would like to invite applications for the Shape Open Exhibition 2012 from artists who have work that comments or makes reference to issues surrounding disability.

This is an open call to all artists. The exhibition will feature work of disabled and non-disabled people chosen by the selection panel and will exhibit at the Portobello Gallery, Notting Hill.

The Shape Open Prize of £500 will be given to the artist with the best works in show as selected by the selection committee. The People’s Choice Award of £250 will go to the artist whose work has been most voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

Bringing together the work of both disabled and non-disabled artists, the exhibition includes two prizes; the £500 Shape Open Prize, chosen by the selection committee, and a £250 People’s Choice Award voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

Tony Heaton, Shape Chief Executive, said “The word disability holds so many connotations, this exhibition is ‘open’ in every sense of the word in that the word, disability, is open to interpretation and the exhibition is open to both disabled and non-disabled artists, as a result we expect to see some very interesting work.”

Deadline for entry is Monday 19th March 2012 and full details can be found at Shape’s website

Shape Open Exhibition 2012 is supported by the Arts Council England, Shape, Westway Development Trust and HSBC.

For more information contact Ben Fredericks on 020 7424 7352 or Deadline for entry is Monday 19 March 2012. 

Edinburgh-based freelance Paul F Cockburn specialises in arts & culture, disability issues, and military resettlement. Recent articles and reviews have appeared in regional and national publications including Able, Disability, The Herald,, and Scotland on Sunday.