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Open Call for Works: Submission to be Exhibited at the UK Dark Matters Label Showcase Event

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Published date 14 August 2015

Dark Matters

Update: Deadline extended to 30 September 2015

Want to exhibit your work in a creative and collaborative environment?

Dark Matters (a record label and visual project founded by Amirali) is providing the opportunity for current UAL students, and UAL alumni who graduated in the last three years to exhibit their work in a gallery in East London, as part of a series of events which will fuse live performances and art that express the dark and psychedelic concept behind the label.

With the aim of releasing original material from live acts and Amirali’s own productions, the scope of Dark Matters is broad, ranging from techno to abstract pop and ambient.  Dark Matter’s ethos is to develop unique fledgling artists in an attempt to introduce new perspectives and ideas in the music/performance world, and so the label is offering this great opportunity to all UAL recent graduates (within three years) of any discipline to exhibit works that capture the conceptual theme of the label and event, creating a synergy between musical performances and mixed-media artworks.

The label will consider all forms of works- installations, interactive media, projections, photography, sculpture and paintings; the only consideration is that the works will be in a gallery setting during live musical performances. A particular interest will be placed on works which may interact with the musicians on the night in some way, but this is by no means essential. If you feel that two or three of your works as a series would be suitable then feel free to suggest this too.

Open Call for works- Dark Maters Label UK showcase updated Final 15-09-15 (PDF 401KB)

Areas of interest include:

  • Black Holes
  • Galaxies and distant nebulae
  • The invisible; you can’t see but you can feel.
  • Mysterious
  • The exciting unknown
  • Psychedelic
  • Abstract thoughts
  • Existentialism

The selected works will be exhibited in a beautiful venue with full artist credit including contact details for selling works, and will be published on our website and social media. Selected artists and works will also be included in press coverage.

For the most exiting works chosen for this event, costs will be reimbursed and we shall be awarding up to £500 in commissions. Works will not be retained by Dark Matters- the commissions awarded will be only for the use of content at this event. With your additional permission we also are looking to retain unsuccessful works to be placed into a pool with the option that we may request to exhibit again at future global events, so even if you’re unsuccessful, you may be contacted regarding future global events and opportunities, such a Vinyl Record design and inlays.

Dark Matters


How to Apply:

To apply please email a proposal that includes all of the following:

  • Your name, contact details and website address.
  • A short statement explaining what you propose in this commission and how it fits in with the label/events’ theme (300 words max). If you want to propose existing completed works, please provide examples/photos/videos.
  • Provide examples of two pieces of your recent work that you are most proud of (200 words max).
  • Provide evidence of your current work/portfolio in the following form: 2 x links to your work uploaded to You Tube/Vimeo or website/blog.
  • Summary of cost (if any) to install works.
  • Please submit a PDF or .doc file no larger than 20MB.

Works will be selected by a Panel containing label employees and industry professionals.

Send applications to with ‘Dark Matters Label Event Artist proposal’ as the subject line.

Application is by email only. If you have any additional questions please get in touch.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been chosen no later than week commencing 9th Oct 2015. Due to the expected high volume of applications, we may not be able to provide feedback for all applications.

Applications open to alumni who graduated in 2012 and onwards.

Open Call for works- Dark Maters Label UK showcase updated Final 15-09-15 (PDF 401KB)