Open call for submissions

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is delighted to announce BALTIC 39 | FIGURE THREE, an open submission exhibition to be held at BALTIC 39. The exhibition is an opportunity for artists working across all media to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context.

The exhibition will last for 5 weeks and will be made up of 10 projects by 10 artists, each lasting 5 days. Each artist will be assigned one of the two galleries at BALTIC 39. There will be a two day turnaround between each exhibition. Proposals that demonstrate an immediate benefit to the development of recent work or works in progress will be prioritised. Only work made during the past twelve months (November 2014 – present), currently in progress, or made for (or during) this exhibition will be considered. The exhibiting artists will be selected by Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator and Alessandro Vincentelli, BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions & Research.



A written proposal of no longer than 500 words, a budget breakdown, a curriculum vitae and visual material showing examples of recent work should be submitted through the online application form.

The deadline for submissions is 23.59, Monday 16 November 2015.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to attend an informal conversation to discuss projects further.




Your exhibition will be on view to the public for 5 consecutive days between the hours of 12.00-18.00, Wednesday-Sunday, during the period 18 January-21 February 2016.

Successful artists will be given an exhibitor’s fee of £400. A further amount of up to £200 will be provided to cover the cost of shipping, materials and other installation expenses.

Artists will be awarded an additional amount of up to £200 to pay for events during the exhibition which may include openings, discussions and screenings etc – we encourage an active environment.

Artists will install their exhibitions themselves with their own solicited support, but will each be provided with one BALTIC technician for assistance and advice. Some equipment, including that for presentation, may be available from BALTIC subject to advance request and availability. Technical requirements can only be discussed with those shortlisted.

You must be able to install your exhibition in one day (the Tuesday) between 9.00-18.00. If your project takes longer to set up, its installation will form part of your exhibition that is open to the public.

You must be able to deinstall your exhibition in one day (the following Monday) between 9.00-18.00. If your project takes longer to deinstall, its removal will form part of your exhibition that is open to the public and must begin sooner.

The timings of the exhibition and changeovers mean it will not be possible to make specific lighting arrangements for each exhibition. Loading access to BALTIC 39 is limited.

Due to the high number of applications we regret that we will be unable to contact artists who are not shortlisted. We are enormously appreciative of the time and effort we know goes into every application and thank you for your interest in BALTIC.