Nothing is Square, the open call element, new blood is important…


CURRENT OPEN CALLS:  But please do read the policy on open calls on the open call  page

OPEN CALL: Nothing Is Square is mostly a group show featuring invited artists, but Cultivate is also about new blood and opening doors, we are very very picky, but it is important that new artists or artists we don’t know yet or artists we maybe haven’t considered get to feature on our walls and in our shows alongside the names that might be familiar to those who follow Cultivate and come to our shows. Nothing is Square will mostly feature artists we already know but we would like to maybe have four or five artists that we haven’t worked with before or haven’t worked with for a while. If you would like to be involved please do drop us an e.mail with a link to your website via info at and we’ll get back to you the details and the information about the show. The show happens in East London in November, but don’t be leaving things to the last minute, make contact now please…

NOTHING IS SQUARE will be a group show from Cultivate, Nothing is Square will happen in November as part of the next Cultivate Columbia Road Takeover at Shipton Street Gallery here in East London. Everything will be square, all about squares, squares of art, all uniform. What you invited artists do within that square is really up to you. The square will be a canvas, 20cm x 20cm x 1cm, we want every canvas to be EXACTLY the same in terms of dimensions

THEME: There is no theme besides the square, the square is the theme, the squares will unite the art in the show, besides the square and everyone working on the same size canvas, there are no restrictions and once you’re invited you can do whatever the hell you want within your square. We will be very very (very) picky in terms of the artists we invite to take part, this isn’t a free for all, we are very selective, but once you are invited what you do with 20cm square is really up to you (we will ask you to consider that the space is a very public one and that we get a lot of families and such, especially on the Sundays when the very busy flower market is happening), We anticipate a healthy mix of contemporary painting, abstract goodness, figurative warmth, a touch of forward looking pop, a street art flavour or two (carefully avoiding the street art cliches).

ONLINE: We will also run the show on line and make work available for sale on line. The show will run via the Organ website at as well as via the Cultivate website, I shall work this out later    .

COSTS: Each invited artist can show up to five pieces.  We will ask for a contribution towards the costs, the rent and such,  one piece £5, two pieces £10, three £15, five £20.  Po;icy with all Cultivate shows is to NEVER charge people a fee just to submit work to an e.mail selection process, (indeed we strongly object to the practice and refuse to work with people of galleries that do do this or with artists who knowing take part in such shows)  but we do ask artists who are ACTUALLY TAKING PART and actually physically involved in a show to share the costs with us. Cultivate is an artist-run thing. Emma and I put a lot of time and effort into Cultivate, we are working artists first though, we’re not gallery people (we have nothing against the more reasonable gallery people out there) but we’re artists, we like to treat our fellow artists in a way that we would like to be treated ourselves . We share costs of events we’re actually talking part in TOGETHER, we make no profit from te share of costs asked for, we just cover the costs of rent and such (this does not include covering ALL time spent pulling the show together, doing the publicity, hanging the show, looking after the show during the opening hours and the rest, it just covers the cost of renting a space)     .

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