Posted on Leave a comment

Call for artists and artworks inspired by or depicting temperate Australian marine life

Totally Immersed - Call for entry 2021

Are you a visual artist? Is your work inspired by the temperate marine environment? Does it reflect the plants or animals that live there? If the answer is “yes” then we want to see it!

Force of Nature is thrilled to to be working with Experiencing Marine Sactuaries on two exciting projects in 2021. Both will help weave celebrations of creative expression into the not-for-profit organisation’s established marine environmental education program.

We’ll be hand-selecting artworks from anywhere in the world to present alongside online professional marine science presentations. The talks will be delivered via Zoom live, then republished on EMS’ Youtube channel. We’ll also be selecting some feature artists, and curating the “real life” return of Totally Immersed in December 2021. Totally Immersed debuted in 2019 as an art, underwater photography and video exhibition, held in the City of Marion, South Australia. We’ll be building on the success of the first edition and bringing it to a new venue, TBC.

These projects present several opportunities for visual artists working in any medium. A selection of works will be integrated into each of the online marine science talks. Some marine science talks may include a “feature artist” which presents an additional speaking opportunity. The December event, Totally Immersed, will be a showcase event for South Australian marine-themed art, where artists’ work will remain on display for several weeks and be available for purchase at the artist’s discretion.

The 2019 exhibition included work in a range of media by Frances Allan, Carl Charter, Helen Crawford, Stephen Johnson, Zinia King, Dan Monceaux, Emma Monceaux, Barbary O’Brien, Daryll Rivett, Allan Sumner and Julia Wakefield. Some of the work exhibited appears below.

The opportunity

If your artwork is selected for inclusion in the marine science talks program, a small fee will be offered as a gratuity for its use, along with on-screen attribution. Some talks may include a “feature artist” while others will include a collection of works from multiple artists. Selected feature artists will also be given an opportunity to talk about their work for roughly 10 minutes, preceding a science talk. Where artworks from multiple artists are shown, artists will instead be invited to provide a short artist statement that can be read by a live presenter in the context of the Zoom talk. Artists are also welcome to decline the usage fee and instead donate their work for inclusion in the talk and publication to video platforms and social networks, if they like. All the available opportunities and options are set out on the entry form below.

The marine science talk program is currently in preparation. Examples of short-listed subjects include sharks and rays, cryptic creatures, marine protected areas etc.

How to enter

Works and collections will be considered as they are received, with selected artists notified by email. Entries received later than August 31 may not be considered for these 2021 events. Force of Nature will also be actively scouting for artists and artworks.

To enter, download the .PDF entry form below, and email it to: dan@danimations.com.au

Links to PDF download
Download 2021 Artist Expression of Interest Form

Posted on Leave a comment

Call for entries: Underwater South Australia photography exhibition (Fleurieu Edition)

Following the success of Force of Nature’s first group underwater photography exhibition in 2018, Underwater South Australia is back… this time with a regional focus on Fleurieu Peninsula. Nature photographers and artists Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux (Force of Nature) are now seeking submissions of photographic and video works (from any year) showcasing underwater Fleurieu Peninsula and its offshore reefs and wrecks. Submissions will be considered for a forthcoming group exhibition to celebrate the region’s spectacular marine and aquatic biodiversity.

The exhibition will feature roughly 12 photographic works, plus video and will be installed at one of the region’s premiere art galleries. The exhibition will occur in April 2018, with further details to be announced.

Interested photographers of all experience levels are invited to provide a selection of up to 6 of their best qualifying photographic works for the curators’ consideration. The extent of the Fleurieu Peninsula includes all locations from Myponga Beach to Middleton, with some suggestions marked on the map below. Images from locations north of Myponga, or east of Middleton are not valid entries.

Submissions will be considered on their own merits and collectively against the exhibition’s objectives. They should reflect diversity of subjects (both common and rare), locations and artistic and technical merit. All images must have been captured or recorded in Fleurieu Peninsula waters (marine or fresh).

The exhibition is intended to serve as a celebration for those already exploring and photographing South Australia underwater, while introducing the wider public to the many destinations and subjects that make snorkeling and diving here such a pleasure.

DEADLINE: Submissions close midnight, March 8, 2019.

How to enter

Send an email with “Underwater South Australia” in the subject line to Dan Monceaux at dan@danimations.com.au . Your email should contain the following:

• Up to 6 low-resolution preview images or viewing links

• If submitting video, viewing links for 1 or 2 video clips (edited)

• Names of image/video locations (essential) and subjects (if known)

If your image is short-listed and has not been exhibited in a past Underwater South Australia exhibition, you will receive a follow-up email requesting a full resolution copy of your file. Force of Nature will then make arrangements to have your work professionally printed, framed and hung.

Works exhibited at a previous Underwater South Australia exhibition are eligible for re-entry.

Does it cost anything?

There is no entry fee to submit work for potential inclusion in this group exhibition. It is expected however, that artists will bear the cost of professional printing and framing of their works and that a standard will be set. The exhibition will be printed as a series, with consistent framing and print size (A3 images, with matte boards and black timber frames).

We will work with our existing printing and framing partners to offer selected artists a package that delivers a balance of print quality, image size and professional presentation. The costs are expected to be below $100 per work, including a handling fee for bringing your work from digital file to printed, framed and hung artwork.

Can I sell my work at the exhibition?

Artists can set a sale price for their work at their discretion. All unsold work will remain the property of the participating artist after the closing of the exhibition. Force of Nature reserves the right to reproduce the work in promotional and publicity materials only.