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Impossible Sites // Artist Relief Award

Extended Deadline: Monday, June 8, 6:00 p.m. MT

Past Event

— Impossible Sites // Artist Relief Award

Impossible Sites invites American artists to submit sketches or renderings of impossible public artworks for a cash award and inclusion in an online zine. This open call is intended to support artists living and working in the United States who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

While the pandemic has created many new limitations to daily life, this award asks artists to turn inward through exploring the creative space of ideas for nonviable (site-specific) artworks. Throughout our past, artists have often veered towards the imaginary or nonsensical during extreme times. This project endeavors to encourage dreaming of unfeasible or impractical possibilities as a way to open the door to bold ideas and new visions of our world. Impossible Sites provides an opportunity for artists to experiment, imagine, and create, as well as viewers a chance to experience art during an extreme time of social isolation.

We are seeking sketches or renderings that depict an impossible artwork situated within a real, existing location (i.e. the Moon, the Grand Canyon, a grocery store). The artwork can be deemed impossible for any number of reasons identified by the artist. For example, the artwork could be impossible due to gravity or other natural phenomenon, cost, scale, materials, timeframe, etc. The site or location the artwork is depicted within must somehow physically exist in reality at the current moment. Any medium is acceptable including drawing, video, performance, animation, painting, collage, digital, photography, etc. The awarded sketch submissions will be received and disseminated digitally, as well as included in an online zine.

Black Cube will award 5 artists $650 each for selected sketch submissions. Submissions are reviewed and selected by Black Cube’s Chief Curator.

+ no submission fee
+ artist must be based in the United States
+ the site must physically exist in 2020
+ any medium format is acceptable  
+ must be a new, original artwork  
+ only 1 submission per artist  
+ 2d submissions must be a high resolution JPG or PNG (1 MB min, 300 dpi)
+ video submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes
+ awarded work will be disseminated digitally through Black Cube’s social media platforms and included in an online zine

Extended Deadline: Monday, June 8, 6:00 p.m. MT

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