A group of people, all dressed in green items of clothing, sit in a circle in a small white room that is filled with green items such as; a large green rug, lit candles standing in green beer bottles, and green artworks drawn on and pinned to the walls.
Oreet Ashery, The Saints Of Whitstable, Whitstable Biennale 2008. Photo: Simon Steven

Whitstable Biennale 2022 Open Call

We are inviting proposals for two new works to be part of the next festival, which will be held in June 2022.

There are two commissions available; the Town Commission, for a work that will take audiences on a journey through Whitstable town, and the Boat Commission, for a work to be experienced by passengers on-board boat trips from Whitstable harbour.

We’re looking for proposals from artists who are in the early stages of their career. Broadly, this means artists who are in the first 10 years of establishing their practice, who have reached an important phase in their development, and for whom this opportunity would represent a significant step in their career.

There is no fixed format for proposals, they can be for fully developed projects that haven’t been shown before, but we are also keen to see early ideas, still in development. 

Our curators will select one work for each commission, and the selected artists will each receive a budget of £2,000, inclusive of fees and materials. We will provide equipment and installation support (within reason), but proposals must realistically reflect this budget.

The festival will take place over nine consecutive days from 11-19 June 2022, with the programme including one-off performances and screenings, together with installations and exhibitions that are open throughout the festival. 

We encourage you to have a look at our online archive to see the type of work we have commissioned in the past. Artists previously selected from the open call include; Sophie Lee, Sarah Wood, Louisa Martin, Rachel Reupke, Oreet Ashery, and Mike Chavez-Dawson.

For full details on both commissions, please download the full Whitstable Biennale 2022 Open Call brief →

Deadline for submissions: 9am, Monday 10 January 2022

If you have any questions, would prefer to apply via a format not listed above, or have any other access requirements, please contact us at info@cementfields.org.