Open Call for Artists

Contemporary Art + Ritual

The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London NW1 2BA

Exhibition Dates: 16-21 May 2019

Deadline for submissions: 21 January 2019


About the Exhibition:

Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. For some, rituals are inextricably associated with the practice of a religion; for others a ritual is an action performed on a regular basis – personal or cultural. This is an Open Call to participate in an experimental exhibition exploring how ritual in the broadest sense manifests itself in today’s society.

  • This is an artist-led opportunity. We are looking for 10 fellow contemporary artists to join us.

  • All mediums will be considered – painting, sculpture, film, sound, installation and performance.

  • The selection of the participating artists will be made by the organising artists/curators who will also be participating in the show.

Organising artists/curators:

Deborah Burnstone

Caro Williams


This is an opportunity to:

  • team up with ambitious artists

  • show high quality work in a beautiful atmospheric setting in central London

    connect with other artists

  • benefit from a marketing and media campaign

  • be a part of an experimental exhibition investigating an interesting and important facet of human life today.

  • feature in the exhibition catalogue / website

  • co-host a PV (drinks / wine included)

  • sell work with no commission taken on sales

Participation fee:

£120 payable only by selected artists plus the two organising artists. There will be 12 artists in total. All funds will be used to cover exhibition costs. No profit will be made by the organisers.

Key dates:

21 January 2019 All entries must be received by 6pm

4 February 2019 Artists informed of result of application

22 February 2019 Artists’ exhibition contribution payment received by 5pm

15 April 2019 Copy and pictures for catalogue and website received
15 May 2019
Delivery and set-up from 9am-9pm

16 May 2019 Exhibition opens from 10am | Private View 6-9pm

17-20 May 2019 Exhibition Opens Daily 10am-6pm *

21 May 2019 Exhibition Opens 10am-2pm

21 May 2019 2pm Take down work and tidy up work. All work must be removed by 6pm

*Invigilating shared among artists

Things to consider when applying:

  • Artwork will need to be installed by you over one day and taken down in one day. For performance works, participation can be for any duration: periodic or continuous.

  • This is a DIY event. All artists are expected to participate in a spirit of cooperation, installing their own work and clearing up after themselves and helping with invigilation and the PV. You will need to bring your own tools, helpers and all equipment necessary for installing the work e.g. cables, monitors, hanging hardware etc.

  • Artists need to be insured.

  • Venue environment – being underground the Crypt is relatively damp. Work using paper or any medium negatively affected by damp should be avoided.

  • The venue also has its own requirements – see below for details**

How to enter

Entry is by email application only to: All entries must be received by 6pm on 21 January 2019

Please submit the following on one PDF file (file no larger than 5mb, title your file CA-R-your name)

  1. A summary of your proposal (maximum 50 words).

  2. An outline of your proposal for new or existing work, including dimensions (maximum 200 words).

  3. Artist statement with links to website and social media (maximum 150 words).

  4. A maximum of 5 images related to your proposal. Current work or work in progress is fine.

  5. For film work: please only submit an extract or showreel (max. 5 minutes) via a link to Vimeo or Youtube. All screening / projection equipment including cables/extension leads during exhibition must be provided by the artist.

  6. A current CV (maximum 2 pages)

  7. Confirmation of insurance

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals and to a really fruitful collaboration with fellow artists on this project.


**Venue requirements:

  • St Pancras Church is a Grade 1 Listed Building. The crypt is also a consecrated burial site. Existing holes in the walls and ceiling can be used for hanging work but it is NOT permitted to make any new holes into the walls, ceiling or floor, or to paint onto the walls, ceiling or floor.

  • Artwork must not contain items containing human tissue or deemed by St Pancras Church to be pornographic, abusive or relating to the occult. If there is any doubt about any item of artwork, please contact us at least 2 weeks before the start date of your exhibition. You will be instructed to remove any artwork that falls into this category.

  • Smoking and naked flames are not permitted anywhere in the crypt.

  • Access to the crypt for exhibitors and the general public is via the gate into the car park from Dukes Road. Access to and from the crypt is not permitted via the crypt doors facing Euston Road, except in an emergency.

  • The church's insurance does not cover works of art temporarily on the premises and does not cover accidents caused by users' exhibits, equipment or other possessions. The church cannot be responsible for the security of works of art or other belongings left on the premises.

  • The crypt has a 30 amp fuse rating. If more power is required this must be by arrangement with the church staff and by a qualified electrician. No lights shall be removed from their tracks.