A series of events is being planned in Nottingham this year for artist’s living and working in the East Midlands around the theme “2012; END OF TIME” to be held in Autumn 2012. Artists and arts professionals are being canvassed for interest. There are opportunities to show or present works at the Malt Cross exhibition space and other venues around the city centre. 

The year 2012 has been widely interpreted as signifying the “end of time”, according to some translations of the so-called “Long Count Calendar” of the Mayan culture, amidst suggestions that the Mayans could predict the future accurately.
It is hoped that the exhibitions can be mounted in the autumn of 2012 beginning in September through October, in a number of events outside the established gallery scene.
There are five subcategories to the proposed theme:
  • APOCALYPTIC VISIONS: Cataclysmic events, war, devastation, aftermath etc.
  • A NEW WORLD: Challenging the world order, utopian visions, social/philosophical debate etc.
  • WARNINGS FROM THE ANCIENTS: eg Atlantis myth, Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, ancient astronauts, Book of Revelation etc.
  • TIME AND SPACE: eg Black Holes, End of the Universe, Chaos theory etc.
  • SPIRITUAL CONCEPTS: New Age philosophy, transformative events, religious vision etc.
When we speak of the “end of time” do we mean the destruction of the planet or the universe, or the beginning of a new way of life? Do we long for change enough to want such an event to take place? 
End of Time invites professional and practicing  artists (with at least 12 months’ experience since leaving university) to respond to these questions with ambitious proposals in any medium including painting, sculpture, moving image, photography, mixed media installation, light shows, writing, performance, music, dance etc working individually or in collaboration.  
It is hoped that artists can be commissioned to create pieces especially for the exhibition. Works in the media of performance, storytelling, video, sound, poetry and music are particularly encouraged.
Funding is being applied for although at present the event is not funded. Therefore participating artists will be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of exhibiting but this will be kept as low as possible. There will be a selection process conducted by a panel of curators, and no contribution will be requested unless your work has been selected to appear in the event(s).
For further details and information about how to apply to the exhibition please email  apocalypticresponse2012@gmail.com with the subject heading “Applications”. Or visit our facebook page.
Or keep checking back here for further updates! 

Article by Lucy G / 10th April 2012


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