POP City For Artists

Open Call to Artists and Curators

Norwalk 2.0 is offering you the opportunity to showcase your work in exciting, unique new exhibition sites in the heart of Norwalk’s (and some other exciting) Downtown(s). We are currently seeking proposals from artists and curators for our 2013 Pop City locations.

How it Works

Unlike traditional galleries, Norwalk 2.0 does not own or rent gallery space. Instead, we secure temporary exhibition sites inside vacant storefronts and public spaces. The locations range from windows that may be viewed 24/7 to storefront and interior spaces. For 2013 our plan is to add new exhibition sites throughout the summer. There is no entry fee or rental fee to the artist, but a percentage of any sales may be requested. Each space is available thanks to the generosity of local property owners and Norwalk 2.0.

Norwalk 2.0 is looking for artwork in a variety of media from individuals and groups:

  • 2D visual art
  • sculpture
  • video or new media
  • installations
  • live art

Every exhibit-site relationship has its own set of guidelines in terms of size, visibility, and other physical requirements. Typically you will supply all the materials as well as hardware for mounting your exhibit. You should be prepared to remove your work within 30 days should the space be rented. You must agree to leave each location in the same or better condition than you found it. This means that Norwalk 2.0 or the property owner will not sustain costs to restore the location to an acceptable condition as a result of the installation.

Every installation is a one-of-a-kind experience that requires all parties to communicate about appropriate and inappropriate content for a specific gallery space. Norwalk 2.0 doesn’t censor any artist’s work, but is sensitive to the needs and limitations of the property owners and particular locations. Art that will be visible from the sidewalk should abide by the content restrictions that apply to public art.

If an artist’s work is not consistent with what had been discussed and agreed upon, the exhibition will be terminated at Norwalk 2.0’s sole discretion.

Application Procedure

To have artwork considered, please fill out the application form below and return it by email to popcity@norwalk2.org. Email is the preferred method.

For questions, email popcity@norwalk2.org.

Application Form

Complete the application form online:

Application Checklist

For all artists:

  • Completed online application form
  • A description of what your proposed exhibition  will look like
  • Resume or Bio (Please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background)
  • Please look at details below:

For 2D visual work and sculpture: Please include photographs or Web site links of your work. All JPGS must named with your name, and dimensions of the work. (your_name_10X20.jpg) All JPGS should be 72 dpi and no larger than 7” in either direction. Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 50 words for each image).

For installations: Please include diagrams and sufficient additional description to clearly convey your concept

For video work: Please include the title, credits, length, date, and format. For curatorial previewing, please a link (non-encoded). Video segment should be no longer than 5 minutes and cued to the appropriate segment for panel to view. Only moving images, ie. time-based media, video art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted. Please do not submit videos of documentation of artistic process.

For live art: Please include photographs or web site links that document previous work; title, credits, length, date, and format for proposed work), and a description of content and concept of proposed work.

For artists outside of Norwalk: Please include a brief statement showing your means to get to Norwalk and availability to assist with staffing of the gallery.

Acceptance

We will confirm the receipt of your proposal and contact you about installation dates and locations if accepted. Please be patient as a response may take several weeks and our need for artwork is ongoing as space becomes available.

Artists’ Responsibility

  • Design, install, maintain, and dismantle the installation
  • Provide installation materials
  • Provide a person to conduct art sales if appropriate
  • Upon notification by property owner, return vacant space to original condition within the time period requested
  • Coordinate all marketing efforts with Norwalk 2.0
  • Assist in staffing the gallery and/or developing a staffing plan (if appropriate) Wednesday-Saturday 11:30am – 7:30pm The expectation is for artists to provide staffing for three of the six days each install.

Norwalk 2.0’s Responsibility

  • Find and secure appropriate locations at no charge to the artist
  • Schedule and assist in installation and performances
  • Do publicity for galleries (media alerts, web site presence, links to artist sites, press release, signage, etc.)