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COMME CA ART x AWOL STUDIOS OPEN CALL

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Comme Ca Art and AWOL Studios invites submissions from artists living within the Greater Manchester area, working in any 2D & 3D media, video, sound or performance for the Open Call Exhibition.

The artists selected for the Comme Ca Art Exhibition will be judged by an expert panel with the following awards going to the chosen artists:

The 1st prize winner will receive £2,500.

The runner up will receive £500

Selected artists will be offered the opportunity to work with Comme Ca Art on future exhibitions.

Submissions will be shortlisted and presented to a panel of external judges from which the winner and runner up will be chosen.

The judging panel includes:


Zoe Watson: The Lowry
Sophie Helm: Manchester Art Fair

Jane Lawson: Castlefield Gallery

How to Enter

Each artist can submit up to TWO artworks, with an accompanying brief description of each piece. Please also include the following information per piece submitted:

Title of the artwork

Medium

Dimensions

Year

Selling Price (if for sale)

Artists Statement including a description of the work Submissions to be emailed to opencallawol22@gmail.com

All submissions to be made by Monday 28th February (midnight)
There is an entry fee for all artists of £5 per work payable via PayPal (paypal details will be sent after entry)


Additional Info:

If selected, please ensure all works come with hanging fixtures or clear instructions on how to display.

Artwork will be installed by our team of technicians; artists do not need to be present.

The Comme Ca/ AWOL Studios Open Call Exhibition Private View and winner announcement will take place on Thursday 28th April 2022.

The exhibition will continue to run until 31.05.22. During the exhibition people can view by appointment, Wednesday & Thursday and on Saturdays from 11am – 2pm.

Collection of work after the exhibition will be on Tuesday 07.06.22 – Thursday 09.06.22 between 11am – 3pm, or by arrangement with the Comme Ca Art Gallery.

Key Dates:

Submission deadline: Monday 28th February 2022 (midnight) 
Notification of selection: by Monday 28.03.22
Delivery of exhibiting art works: Tuesday 12.04.22 to Thursday 14.04.22 2022 between 11am – 4pm.  
Exhibition Private View and Winner Announced: Thursday 28.04.22 from 6pm – 8pm.

Exhibition: 29.04.22 to 31.05.22

Collection of art works: Tuesday 07.06.22 – Thursday 09.06.22 between 11am – 3pm, or by arrangement with the Comme Ca Art Gallery.

Terms & Conditions:

Any artist submitting work are agreeing to the following conditions of entry:
By entering the COMME CA ART x AWOL Open Call 2022 Artists are agreeing that their work will be available for the dates stated in the application form. Artists take full responsibility for the delivery, insurance and shipping of any selected work(s).

If artwork is for sale; we take 40% commission on a sale so please amend your priced prior to entering.

Submission does not guarantee selection.

Entry Fees are non refundable.
Artists agree to allow AWOL Studios / Comme Ca Art to use any images of their artwork on publicity associated with the Open Call 2022.
Artists must also guarantee that by submitting the work they own all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.
AWOL Studios / Comme Ca Art are not liable for any loss or damage incurred to the artwork if shortlisted and exhibited, and advises all artists to seek their own insurance.

Please view our Data Protection Policy Here.

AWOL Data Protection Policy

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Data Protection Policy

AWOL Studios Limited

Last updated 01/01/2022

Definitions

Company means AWOL Studios Limited.
GDPR means the General Data Protection Regulation.
Responsible Person means David French.
Register of Systems means a register of all systems or contexts in which personal data is processed by the Company.

1. Data protection principles

The Company is committed to processing data in accordance with its responsibilities under the GDPR.

Article 5 of the GDPR requires that personal data shall be:

  1. processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;
  2. collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
  3. adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;
  4. accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay;
  5. kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals; and
  6. processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.”

2. General provisions

  1. This policy applies to all personal data processed by the Company.
  2. The Responsible Person shall take responsibility for the Company’s ongoing compliance with this policy.
  3. This policy shall be reviewed at least annually.
  4. The Company shall register with the Information Commissioner’s Office as an organisation that processes personal data.

3. Lawful, fair and transparent processing

  1. To ensure its processing of data is lawful, fair and transparent, the Company shall maintain a Register of Systems.
  2. The Register of Systems shall be reviewed at least annually.
  3. Individuals have the right to access their personal data and any such requests made to the Company shall be dealt with in a timely manner.

4. Lawful purposes

  1. All data processed by the Company must be done on one of the following lawful bases: consent, contract, legal obligation, vital interests, public task or legitimate interests (see ICO guidance for more information).
  2. The Company shall note the appropriate lawful basis in the Register of Systems.
  3. Where consent is relied upon as a lawful basis for processing data, evidence of opt-in consent shall be kept with the personal data.
  4. Where communications are sent to individuals based on their consent, the option for the individual to revoke their consent should be clearly available and systems should be in place to ensure such revocation is reflected accurately in the Company’s systems.

5. Data minimisation

  1. The Company shall ensure that personal data are adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.
  2. [Add considerations relevant to the Company’s particular systems]

6. Accuracy

  1. The Company shall take reasonable steps to ensure personal data is accurate.
  2. Where necessary for the lawful basis on which data is processed, steps shall be put in place to ensure that personal data is kept up to date.

7. Archiving / removal

  1. To ensure that personal data is kept for no longer than necessary, the Company shall put in place an archiving policy for each area in which personal data is processed and review this process annually.
  2. The archiving policy shall consider what data should/must be retained, for how long, and why.

8. Security

  1. The Company shall ensure that personal data is stored securely using modern software that is kept-up-to-date.
  2. Access to personal data shall be limited to personnel who need access and appropriate security should be in place to avoid unauthorised sharing of information.
  3. When personal data is deleted this should be done safely such that the data is irrecoverable.
  4. Appropriate back-up and disaster recovery solutions shall be in place.

9. Breach

In the event of a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data, the Company shall promptly assess the risk to people’s rights and freedoms and if appropriate report this breach to the ICO (more information on the ICO website).

END OF POLICY

AWOL Studios are back in the building!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Welcome back one and all and for those who never stopped working, what a strange old year it’s been, eh?

We hope everyone’s safely retained an appropriate level of sanity to go out their usual business and that the juices are once again flowing. We’d really love to see / hear what you’ve been doing through lockdown to fill the time (how ever boring or bizarre!) and the ways you’ve found to pass the time.

With case numbers going down and a general feeling of positivity on the rise we thought it was about time to start looking ahead and as always, an AWOL Open Studios is on the horizon. This year we’re thinking November might be a good month for a pre-Winter warmer; giving everyone time to find their new groove and prepare. As always we rely on your networks to help us spread the word and we’ll be promoting from all our social media platforms news of your artistic endeavours.

As always there’ll be a Resident’s Exhibition (co-curated by that dastardly 5th floor duo Jude Wainwright and Sara Hindhaugh) and an independent showcase of Comme Ca Art creatives on the 5th floor (more details on themes to follow but if you’re struck with inspiration again, please get in touch!).

If anyone has any other ideas they’d like to contribute then we’re always open to discussion, just email david@awol-studios.co.uk (or grab him as you see him doing his rounds). Until then we’ll just say how grateful we are that this awesome community still remains and congratulate you all for weathering the biggest storm of the century.

See you all very soon!

Gaby Schofield

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Gaby Schofield’s paintings explore an area between femininity, nature and the human body. She takes inspiration from decorative pattern featuring naturalistic designs, using their flattened, sign-like imagery to construct spaces which advance and recede. Organic shapes climb and weave through these spaces, sometimes plantlike, and sometimes creating a sense of the feminine body. In these constructed spaces, Schofield aims to create an aesthetic that is both futuristic and feminine.

Website:
www.gabyschofield.com

Email:
gabriella_schofield@hotmail.com

Instagram:
@gabyschofield

Super Nature

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

A healing portal to nature in the middle of the city. Providing holistic therapies, meditation, events and retreats, and a range of flower and vibrational essence products and services. It is a space to relax, restore, release, rebalance and strengthen resilience. To find a connection to nature, both in the outer world, and your own inner nature. To help you create gentle transformation and support you in finding the path that can invite peace, joy, fulfilment, focus and balance into your life.

Super Nature has been created by Helen Scott, who is fully qualified and has been practicing professionally since 2012.

Super Nature Offerings:

·         Advanced Holistic Reflexology

·         Crystal Chakra Healing

·         Reiki

·         Tibetan Acupressure Head Massage

·         Bespoke Flower and Vibrational Essences

·         Meditation sessions

·         Bespoke personal retreat sessions

·         Events and Retreats

·         Therapeutic, healing products

Super Nature offers a holistic approach to managing the challenges of life. We can work together to provide you with the tools and techniques that can enhance your life to help you discover your own Super Nature. Whether you want to work on a specific issue, support your energy and body, or just take some time out and experience the luxury of a deep session, these sessions can work with what you need on many levels. Body, emotions, mind,  and spirit.

For more information visit the website below or contact Helen:

Studiosupernature.com

studiosupernature@gmail.com

07786446059

Facebook: @studiosupernature

Instagram: @studiosupernature

11th Open Evening Friday 11th November

Friday, October 21st, 2016

On Friday 11th November 2016, AWOL Studios invite you to come inside Hope Mill, a Grade II* listed old Georgian Textile Mill to meet the 84 residents and discover what is now being produced in this landmark building. With artists and small businesses working across a range of disciplines from photography to textile to tattooing, it is a vital and dynamic community hub for many creatives.

Alongside AWOL Open Studios there will be a resident’s exhibition curated by AWOL’s community, an exhibition of archival material of the industrial history of the Mill and Ancoats curated by Ancoats Dispensary Trust and an independent exhibition hosted by curator Claire Turner of Comme Ca Art on the 5th floor of the Mill.

Afternoon Tea @ Three

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

On Thursday 29th September the Fifth Floor hosted “Afternoon Tea @ Three” extending an invite to our friends (aka fierce rivals) on the Fourth Floor.

As it turned out we’re a secretly competitive bunch here on the 5th Floor and in true creative spirit we set out to be afternoon tea entrepreneurs by opting to make as much as we possibly could ourselves, rather than unwrapping some ready-made stuff from ASDA down the road.

After a quick skills recce, we allocated roles: bakers, sandwich makers, booze buyers and a resident bossy boots.

Despite a house move at the weekend John at 632Design – whose bag designs are to die for – said he’d join the ranks of bakers to whip up a Guinness and Chocolate cake.

This instantly set the barometer pretty high.

Beth at BOBO1325 – who has recently been in the glossy magazines for her intrepid wallpaper designs – promised bacon and blue cheese scones –that’s right bacon and blue cheese – along with a vegetarian option of sundried tomatoes and basil. Martyn at Candoo Creative joined the ranks of baker with his lemon drizzle cake and role as artistic director of sandwich platters. Photos of baking disasters circulated on the internet as the sandwich maker got merry on red wine with her feet up and publicly laughed at the one burnt disaster (no names mentioned).

Grizzly Bear bought the essential booze stock and International Arts Manager’s Maria tried her best not to micro-manage with her demands for allotment grown melons from Comma Press editor, Jim, and a soundtrack by Martyn, who joined Maria to create this slick sandwich menu:

Smoked salmon and cream cheese with cracked black pepper and fresh dill
Locally sourced egg mayonnaise with watercress, garden-grown chives and smoked paprika
Turkey and stuffing
Ham, tomato and mustard mayo
Beef and tomato
Tuna mayonnaise
Cheese with a greek yoghurt and garden-grown chives dressing

All served on a rustic wooden Harrods platter accompanied by some vintage plates, plastic champagne flutes, and a massive green origami swan.

Carving knife in hand, we were set to go.

Of course, being a bunch of business folk and creatives we had a secondary agenda: we’d been invited down to lunch on the Fourth Floor over summer and impressed by the delicacies on offer we intended to wipe the floor with them.

We’re happy to say we succeeded. John’s cake was divine. Beth’s scones were from another world. Martyn’s lemon drizzle cake was a naughty sweet treat with the tea. Alex at Grizzly Bear was the perfect barman, using his special powers to stretch two bottles of bubbles around 20 people (who said artists drink too much?). We were slumped on the sofas in a cakey-coma by five.

The Fourth Floor readily accepted defeat  – and offered to upstage us at Christmas.

We’ll see.

Rainbow Studios joins the AWOL Community

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Please welcome Gary McIver to AWOL, a photographer offering the following courses and workshops :

Basic introduction to Photography

Intermediate Practical Photography for everyday use

Natural Light Photography

introduction to Studio Photography, Lighting and Organisation

Working with Models, Studio and Natural Light

 

Individual and group Model Shoots

Portraits Individual and Family

Corporate Images

Product Photography

 

Contact – garymciverphotography@gmail.com for more information!

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Laura McGee and Stefanie Elrick perform at HOME Mcr

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

AWOL residents Laura McGee and Stefanie Elrick are performing in a special one night only pop-up exhibition curated by Instigate Arts at HOMEmcr. Having worked together for over a decade this duo are renowned for their abstract dance performances and immersive theatre experiences all over the world.

ambition-image-credit-maria-orengo-ambition stefanie elrick laura mcgee instigate arts

The upcoming exhibition centers around the theme of ‘Ambition’ and will also showcase new artwork by  Bartosz Beda, Kevin Burke, Michelle Hannah, Richard Hughes, Sara Minelli & Hyunjoo Kim, Emily Mulenga, Maria Orengo, Greg Thorpe, Angela Readman, Louise Woodcont.

Laura and Stefanie have devised a 2hr dance piece called compenSATE which “looks at the way we consciously and subconsciously compete with each through the way we look. Beautification rituals are often designed to make us stand out or attract the attention of others, but they more often than not remove us from our true beauty.”

You can read the full interview with Stefanie Elrick here.

9th July – 6pm – 9pm – HOME Mcr Galleries.

FREE ENTRY

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Say Hello to Amy Lidgett Photography

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Amy Lidgett is a fashion photographer based in Manchester and London shooting on both digital and analogue. She is available for commissions worldwide and specialises in editorial, lookbook & portfolio sessions.

You can see more of her work here : www.amylidgett.com

Welcome Amy!

 

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