// regarding the current times some of the promoted submission deadlines may be postponed
// some curators may take more time than usual to give you heads notice on received artwork as they may be putting it under quarantine
Caught in a second confinement that plunges us more and more into isolation and face to face with societal dysfunctions we invite you to take part into a mail art project: “Words against system headaches / Words for new utopias”.
Indeed words are not innocent. Words are not neutral, they are socially situated and criticism of their use, of their meaning should be part of the political struggle.
This mail art proposal is part of the CEPAG’s campaign “Social struggles pass also through words” which looks into the misuse of words, their impact on the surrounding culture, and their political evolution.
Economic, political, class, gender, age, ethnic origin… Words and their use participate in the reproduction of bonds of subordination and in the social positioning of the speaker.
This mail art proposal is the opportunity to give free rein to your imagination, to re-appropriate words, and give them their meaning back.
Speaking out through mail art to denounce the system’s headaches.
Speaking through mail art to affirm new utopias, new imaginations, new cultural and political identities.
curator Anne Gilis and Laurent Wilmet (AFICo asbl)
due date 2021-07-25 // 32 day(s) left for submission
theme Emilio Carrasco
submission address In Memoriam Emilio Carrasco
| Constitución #20 Col, Centro
| Guadalupe CP 98600
Emilio Carrasco was a prolific Mexican artist recognized internationally for his long career, he was also an active and passionate promoter and participant of mail art for 40 years. This call is the initiative of his wife and children to honor his memory.
due date 2021-09-01 // 70 day(s) left for submission
submission address Pandemic Dream Project
| PO Box 39031 James Bay
| Victoria, B.C V8V2G0
Have your dreams changed during the pandemic? Perhaps a recurring dream theme? Or a stand-alone pandemic dream that you just cannot forget? The Pandemic Dream Project seeks submissions that illustrate a significant dream you have had since the COVID 19 pandemic began.
submissions will be displayed both digitally and in a local art exhibition
maximum submissions 1
required dimensions 102 x 152 mm | 4 x 6 in
Dante: ...a riveder le stelle
due date 2021-09-05 // 74 day(s) left for submission
show 2021-09-14 > 2021-12-31
show address Italian Post Office
| Monza (Lombardy)
submission address Claudio Romeo
| Viale j. e R. Kennedy 144
| 20840 Villa Raverio
| (Monza e Brianza) - ITALIA
In 2021 we remember the 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri, a character who does not need any introduction due to his universal greatness. Even though his times may be long gone, the message he left us is still current and alive. With this thought we invite all those who want to participate in this Mail Art Call: Dante citizen and contemporary witness of the world.
due date 2021-09-30 // 99 day(s) left for submission
submission address The Corona Postcard Project
| Karin Sumpf
| Zum Großen Zernsee 5L
| 14542 Werder (Havel)
I collect personal Covid-19 stories on each kind of postcard and share them on my Instagram account, to connect the people and their experiences in covid-19 digital. It can be stories about life, work, family, quarantine, illness, and health... anything is welcome.
due date 2021-10-05 // 104 day(s) left for submission
show 2021-10-05 > 2021-10-21
show address AIRspace Projects
submission address Poste Restante C/O Airspace Projects 10 Junction Street
| Marrickville, NSW
| Australia 2204
Write a letter 'Poste Restante', to someone in your life that has passed, to the care of artist Ida Sophia and Airspace Projects (Australia). At the exhibition, the letters will be ritually delivered via live performance.
This call is for the second Paint-Your-Own Masterpieces video, to be posted on the project's blog. Submissions are due on December 31 2021, or before, for inclusion in the video. You must start or include the original image of the Mona Lisa paint-by-number in some way - the video experience is meant to be an evolving image so consistency is needed. Pieces that do not include the Mona Lisa paint-by-number will not be included in the video but will appear on the blog, as well as any late arrivals.
due date 2021-12-31 // 191 day(s) left for submission
show address Museu Quinta da Cruz
| Estrada de São Salvador
| 3510-784 São Salvador
| Viseu PORTUGAL
submission address Museu Quinta da Cruz
| Estrada de São Salvador
| 3510-784 São Salvador
| Viseu PORTUGAL
Quinta da Cruz - Centro de Arte Contemporânea is located at Viseu – Portugal, and was created as a dynamic center for art, culture, and identity. It is a cultural space oriented towards the exhibition of contemporary art, to the development of artistic practices, and is perceived as an engine of local artistic promotion. Intended for public enjoyment, culture, and leisure, it is integrated into a wide green space of excellence and remarkable biodiversity.
The Mail Art project promotes the democratic participation of artistic practices, through the reactivation of an expression that had its peak, in an alternative way to the conventional means of art exhibitions, in the 60s / 70s. Annually, an international open call is created and an exhibition is held with the received artwork.
It furthermore legitimates, that artistic production is a preponderant expression for the creation of dialogue spaces, places of "rupture", reinvention and boldness. Through this call, the transformative, inclusive and participatory role of art is implicit. The route of these works is interpreted and intervened throughout this postal journey. More than an annual call, this project claims a model of collaborative work with the goal of constituting and giving visibility to collections of this nature.
In 2021, VISEU values natural attributes and the relationship with the “environment”. The IV OPEN CALL is directed to the theme VISEU Garden - City.
We launch an invitation to artists and to everyone else interested in Mail Art to send their artwork and join in the IV Edition of this open call. Only artwork received by traditional snail mail will be displayed. We hope to receive drawings, collages, stamps, visual poetry, among others, at Quinta da Cruz - Contemporary Art Center of Viseu.
• Only one side of the artwork will be displayed.
• Artwork considered obscene or offensive will be excluded.
• All artwork, even those received after the deadline, will integrate the Quinta da Cruz Museum collection and may be exhibited at future Mail Art events.
• Artwork received after the submission deadline will not be part of the current open call.
• All artists are kindly requested to provide, by email or traditional snail mail, the following information for means of public display: artist > profile picture | name | brief bio | email address | website | address // artwork > title | media details | brief text
• All received content will also be displayed online at the digital platform www.quintadacruz.yzonk.com.
• During the exhibition, we will promote workshops entitled "Give and Receive" where artistic objects inspired by the received artwork will be created, with the purpose of being randomly offered to the public that visits this exhibition and / or sent to participating artists.
• Artists who do not wish to disclose private information, such as name or postal address, should not include them in their correspondence.
• If sending from abroad we advise you to add the words "SEM VALOR COMERCIAL" to avoid customs delay.
• No return | No jury | Free technique
precise exhibition date to be set further on
this project has YZONK’s and Monsenhor enVide neFelibata’s support
curator QUINTA DA CRUZ - Museu de Arte Contemporânea
like it or not, www.mailart.pt lists active open calls sorted out by due date, as well as exhibitions, artists, links of interest, and so on ... but it may end up being much more
only after starting this listing, at 01_august_2018, we did realize the extraordinary amount of new open calls coming up all the time ... almost 20 new ones per month! and that's only those that we can grasp... from automatic bot searches, constant research, direct emailing, and from those special people that keep us updated on what is going on in the community
so, for all of those like us that enjoy stats and precise numbers ... since it began we're talking of around 500 open calls totaling around 1 new open call every other day
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