Plymouth Contemporary 2021 Guidelines & Application Form

Plymouth Contemporary 2021 Guidelines & Application Form

Plymouth Contemporary: Making It 

The Levinsky Gallery: Friday 19 March – Sunday 23 May 2021 

KARST: Thursday 13 May - Saturday 3 July 2021 

The Plymouth Contemporary 2021 

The exhibition will run across two of Plymouth’s prestigious galleries: The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth, from Friday 19 March – Sunday 23 May 2021, and KARST from Thursday 13 May – Saturday 3 July 2021. Plymouth Contemporary is open to all contemporary visual artists, national and international, working in any medium. The selection panel will be particularly looking for submissions that clearly reflect this year’s theme.  

Submission Guidelines 

Artists can submit a maximum of 2 artworks. Submissions should be artworks produced within the past two years, and reflect the artist’s current practice. Furthermore, the work must be completed at the time of submission.  

Images must be submitted as JPEG files: recommended size 1-5MB, 300dpi. All image files must be saved with your name and title of your work (for example, JSmith_picture1.jpg). Do not embed any watermarks or copyright symbols within the submitted image. 

Video, animation and performance work must be submitted as a Vimeo or YouTube link. Please note that for the selection process, the selection panel will only watch the first two minutes of the work (though the finished work may be longer).  

Please name all links to include the artist’s name and title of artwork/s.  

If your work is selected for the exhibition, we will feature your work in an online catalogue. Please ensure the submitted image presents your work at the highest quality.  

Please include a short artist’s statement (100 words) about your submitted work and broader practice. You may also add an appropriate weblink. Statements and website contents may be taken into consideration during the selection process and are particularly helpful when the effect, purpose or intent of your work may be unclear from the image/s supplied alone.  

Please also supply a 50-word biography. 

Your statement and biography should be written in the third person:  these texts will be published alongside the successful entries in the exhibition’s online catalogue. 

Due to the expected high volume of submissions, unfortunately we are unable to offer individual feedback if unsuccessful.  

Application submission closes Thursday 12 November 2020, 12 Midnight.  


Selection Process  

Judging commences: Week beginning Monday 30 November 2020 
Successful applicants informed: Friday 11 December 2020  

Sale of Artworks  

Artists may choose to offer their work for sale during the duration of the exhibition. Artwork must be priced at a reasonable market price.  

Artwork must remain on display during the duration of the exhibition, even if sold.  

The Arts Institute will administer the sale and delivery of artworks sold. There will be a 25% commission charge to The Arts Institute on the sale of any work. Please ensure you price your work to include this percentage. 

Terms and Conditions of Entry  

Online submissions only, we do not accept postal entries.  

No late submissions will be accepted after midnight on Thursday 12 November 2020.  

All entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of the application.  

To be eligible for the New Artist award the artist must be a current student (2020), or new graduate (2019, 2018 only)  

A maximum of 2 works per artist can be submitted. Multiple applications will not be permitted. All submitted artworks may be chosen for display, so your entries must be available from Monday 8 March to Tuesday 13 July 2021, which includes transport, installation and exhibition dates. No substitutes will be accepted if the artwork is no longer available or sold.  

All work must be the artist’s own.  

Max. dimensions: 2D, wall-based work: 2.5 metre x 2.5 metre (incl. frame).  

3D, sculpture, floor-based work: 2.5 metre2 x 2.5 metre2.  

Total weight, including packing materials, must not exceed 100kg.  

Entries requiring special installation or equipment should include details in the ‘installation/technical/equipment requirements’ section on the Entry Form.  

The artist is responsible for packing or crating their work. 

The Arts Institute and KARST will co-ordinate and cover the cost of transport* of selected works to and from The Levinsky Gallery and KARST.   (*subject to negotiation in special cases).  

There will be a bursary available to artists towards travel costs to attend the exhibition, on application. 

All artworks are submitted at own risk. Artwork to be displayed in The Levinsky Gallery will be covered by The Arts Institute’s nail to nail insurance. 

Artwork for The Levinsky Gallery must be available for collection and return on the following specified dates:

Collection: Monday 8 / Tuesday 9 / Wednesday 10 March 2021

Delivery dates (for all artwork not sold): Wednesday 26 / Thursday 27 / Friday 28 May 2021.


Artwork for KARST must be available for collection and return on the following specified dates:

Collection: Week beginning 3 May 2021

Delivery dates (for all artwork not sold): Week beginning 6 July 2021

Declaration *

Plymouth Contemporary 2021 Guidelines & Application Form