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Open Call:
S.P.A.M. Spreads #2

Deadline: 19 January 2022

OPEN CALL: Contributions to a new printed publication S.P.A.M. Spreads #2

This is an open call to contribute visual or written work to a new issue of S.P.A.M. Spreads. Issue #2 will explore the politics and future of food production in relation to the climate emergency. It will look at ideas around hospitality, commensality and sharing and preserving cultures, stories and biodiversity through recipes and seeds.

Issue 2 will act as a companion reader to BALTIC’s B.US, a group exhibition which will tour from Gateshead and its surrounding area all the way to the Northumberland border, connecting urban, rural and remote communities with contemporary art.

Visitors can see the exhibition What's for Tea? featuring work by Cooking Sections, Kara Chin, Isabella Ca​rreras, Julia Heslop, David Lisser, Future Farmers and Asunción Molinos Gordo. Every visitor to the exhibition will leave with a copy of S.P.A.M Spreads #2.

We invite visual artists, writers, self-publishers, zine-makers, activists, collectives and community groups, to contribute new or existing work on the themes outlined above. Any 2D works that can be reproduced in print are eligible for submission, including text based or written contributions which have been designed and formatted as complete pages.

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 19 January 2022, 23:59

Digital file specifications and dimensions:

Please submit your work as a fully formatted A5 page (148 x 210 mm), as a high quality (150-300dpi) JPEG or PDF file in CMYK colour space. The panel will select 20 pages from the open call and a front cover.

The selection panel are: Sarah Bouttell, Producer (Documentation, Library and Archive), Elaine Robertson, Assistant Curator and guest artist Kara Chin.

Fee: Selected pages will receive a fee of £60 for new/unpublished and £30 for existing work/previously published work.

Anybody is eligible to enter. However, if your work is selected, you must have a National Insurance Number and bank account to be eligible for payment of the fee.


In 2020/21 BALTIC produced S.P.A.M. Spreads #1 in place of our annual Self-Publishing Artists’ Market (aka S.P.A.M.) whilst we were less able to gather. It featured the work of over 40 artists, made in direct response to living through the events of 2020. It can be viewed digitally here on BALTIC+.

Key Dates:

  • Submissions open: Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 19 January 2022, 23:59
  • Launch: Saturday 26 February 2022

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

BALTIC stands to denounce racism in all its forms and will not accept any works that communicate any form of racism. For further information please see here.

Making your submission:

Apply using the Submittable link here and follow the guidelines for uploading your page. Only one page per person will be considered. Pages that do not conform to the artwork guidelines may be discounted.