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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

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