Call for Artists

Wed 21 Mar 2012 by Emma_McCann


Within the framework of the 1st Santorini Biennale of Arts in 2012, illustration artists are invited to send in their artworks for consideration for this international exhibition at which a ‘meeting of artists’ from all over the world will present their latest achievements.

The 2012 theme, ‘The Past: Memory and Nostalgia’, will examine intrinsic experiences and social relationships, inspired by how humanity accumulates a catalogue of our personal fabric and how these collected manifestations shape the patterns of our lives. How do you define your relationship with The Past? How do the people you have met, all of your experiences and your memories affect you in the present? Might they subconsciously or even explicitly influence your future? We as individuals each carry forward our own past as ‘vessels’. If everything about the present moment is determined by the past, then when collectively imagining our future we ignore the lessons of the past at our peril.

As the Curator for Illustration, I hope the overall theme of the Biennale will be adhered to but interpreted imaginatively

I am also keen to draw your attention to the subcategories within the theme which special attention will be paid to: Character Study and Personal History, Music, Literature,The Cult of Fashion, Natural & Botanical, Magic & the Metaphysical

The mission of the Biennale is to promote both emerging and established artists through a wide variety of disciplines; from Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Collage and Comics, through Paper, Painting, Glass, Sculpture and Ceramics, to Photography, Short Film, Video Art, Installation and Industrial Design.

By means of an advanced framework of outreach activities the Biennale will also seek to cultivate the emerging spirit of the island, inviting all participants into an open dialogue concerning new ideas for social change.

The Curatorial Team

Dimitra Bratika and Michael Vlavianos (Photography), Sara Falanga (Glass Art and Graphic Art), iLya (Comics), Rajesh Punj (Sculpture and Installation), Alexa Kusber (Industrial Design), Tracey Holt Walkden (Ceramic Art), Tomas Poblete (Collage), Paola Gentili (Paper), Nicky Peacock (Illustration), Simon Tarrant (Painting), Anneca York (Drawing) and Holly Bynoe (Video Art and Short Film).

The open call for artist submissions is from 6 March through 19 May 2012.

About the Santorini Biennale of the Arts
The Santorini Biennale of Arts is a non-profit organisation that presents Greece’s latest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale will host a three-month long exhibition, plus a program of artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings, guided tours and other special events.

The inaugural Santorini Biennale of Arts will be presented from 1st July to the 30th September 2012.

The Santorini Biennale of the Arts is founded by Kikos Papadopoulos and Dimitra Trogaidou and is supported by the Municipality of Thira, The Estia of Pyrgos Cultural Association and the Museum of Pyrgos.

The Biennale gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the many organisations and individuals that make the exhibitions and the extended programme possible.

Kikos Papadopoulos, Founding Director
Ph.D Cultural Diplomacy. Professor of Cultural & Social Economics

For further information and a detailed programme, please contact:
Dimitra Trogaidou, Head Co-coordinator & Secretariat
T ­­+30 6934 681459
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For discussions with Nicky Peacock, Curator of Illustration

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