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Open Call: S.P.A.M. SPREADS

Deadline: 4 October

You're invited to submit contributions to a brand new printed publication, S.P.A.M. Spreads.

Our annual Self-Publishing Artists’ Market (aka S.P.A.M.) usually takes the form of a lively one day programme at BALTIC exploring print culture and practice through talks and workshops with over 50 stalls selling zines and artists’ books. It’s a space where a vibrant community of artists, activists, illustrators, zine-makers, small press publishers, distributors and collectors meet to exchange work, ideas and stories.

Whilst we are less able to gather, we still wanted to create a space where your practice and voices can come together and be amplified. Therefore this year we will be producing a publication, titled S.P.A.M. Spreads.

This is an open call to contribute your work as complete pages to this publication. We are looking for works by self-publishing artists which have been created in direct response to the major events of this year and your experiences of continuing to live with them. It’s your page and your space.

Deadline for submissions extended: Sunday 4 October at 23.59

Key Dates:

Submissions open: Friday 21 August
Deadline for submissions extended: Sunday 4 October 23.59
Selections made: by Friday 9 October
Launch: November 2020

Up to 40 pages will be selected by a panel of three. The panellists are: Sarah Bouttell, BALTIC Producer (Documentation, Library and Archive), Katharine Welsh, Curator at BALTIC and Okocha Obasi, Artist & Designer.

Selected pages will receive a fee of £60 for new/unpublished and £30 for existing work/previously published work.

The publication is expected to contain:

50% new or unpublished work, selected from open call
30% existing or published work, selected from open call
20% commissioned content, made by artists: Lily Arnold, Melody Sproates, Shy Bairns, Foundation Press in collaboration with The Comfrey Project.

We have invited these artists to contribute new work to the publication in lieu of the workshops they would have delivered at the cancelled 2020 event.

Selected participants will be notified by Friday 9 October 2020. Due to the expected high volume of submissions, we are unable to offer individual feedback if unsuccessful.

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.

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 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.