Josh Rodenberg and Russell White, TechnoCosmica, InLight 2017, photo by Zephyr Sheedy
InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability
HOW TO APPLY
1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight Richmond will take place from November 12th - 16th, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability.
InLight is a public exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks—multimedia and interactive projects, video, projection, sculpture, installation, performance, community-based work, digital and virtual projects—and has historically taken place in a singular location each November. Past sites include Chimborazo Park, the streets, facades and alleyways of the downtown Arts District and the sculpture garden and grounds of the VMFA.
In response to COVID-19, InLight’s multi-site platform will allow for socially distanced and virtual viewing. Further inspired by the ongoing community dialogues surrounding the unjust and inequitable treatment of Black lives and by Richmond’s coming together in support and aid during these crises, this year is focused on Safety and Accountability.
1708 invites artists, community groups, and stewards of spaces in Richmond to propose projects that can illuminate issues of Safety and Accountability. We seek proposals that respond to what these key terms mean spatially, historically, socially, and politically. We invite proposals that demonstrate profound consideration for designated sites and their communities.
We understand that there will be overlap and shared interests across these three categories, but we ask that proposals select only one for this application.
Artists and Collectives
1708 invites artists working in all media and disciplines to submit proposals. Digital and virtual proposals are also encouraged as InLight 2020 will feature expanded virtual and online components.
1708 invites community groups to submit proposals. Community groups include non-profits, arts organizations, classes, artist initiatives, movement organizations, a group of citizens, and more. For example, at InLight 2019, Girls for a Change created a light based sculpture that compiled the visual stories from girls of color using quilt pattern imagery from Underground Railroad communications. A community group will conceptualize, develop and realize a project from start to finish with support from the gallery.
Stewards of Sites
1708 invites individuals and groups to propose a site for a public art project. Examples include, but are not limited to, neighborhood associations and “friends of” groups. As a steward of a site you will be working directly with 1708 and artist(s) to bring an art installation to your space, neighborhood, park, building etc. You will be a resource to the artist(s) in relation to the site’s history, network, and community.
COVID-19 Care and Concerns:
1708 takes the health and safety of the artists, patrons, and audience seriously and so we have made some changes to the structure of InLight to ensure that the health and safety of all involved is maintained. Most importantly, InLight 2020 will take place over 4 days and be dispersed across the city as opposed to one or two nights at a single site, thus allowing for social distancing to be maintained. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to make decisions in accordance with CDC and VDH recommendations. At this time we ask for proposals from Richmond artists or artists who can travel safely to Richmond. Please consider social distancing regulations when drafting your proposal, especially for interactive works.
EXTENDED - DEADLINE TO APPLY: Midnight (EST), August 7, 2020
Artists will be notified of final decisions by late-August.
SELECTED PROPOSALS FROM ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS RECEIVE
- • An honorarium of $600 per project
- • Significant production and technical support
- • Support includes technical expertise and production equipment such as large format projectors and sound systems and/or fabrication or material assistance
- • Recognition and inclusion in all InLight Richmond media
- • Chance to win $500 People's Choice Award- to be selected by vote by InLight audience
SELECTED ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS GUIDELINES
Artists are responsible for the installation and removal of artwork before and after exhibition. Additional support can be provided upon request and communication with the gallery.
Additional insurance coverage (1708 will provide basic insurance) may be required, to be determined in consultation with 1708 Gallery.
All projects must be installed in a safe manner, and abide by all by-laws, laws, and safety standards, to be assessed and evaluated in consultation with 1708 Gallery (for example, electrical wiring must meet electrical safety standards).
Artists grant permission to 1708 Gallery to reproduce entries for the purposes of publicity and education unless otherwise noted on the entry form. Please include photo credit where it differs from the artist's name.
Please contact the 1708 Gallery staff by calling (804) 643-1708 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish Translation by Mariana Parisca