Art/ Value/ Currency: Call for submissions

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Art/ Value/ Currency

In association with The Pigeon Wing, TheBunkerGallery and This Is Publishing, artist/curator Isobel Shirley is calling for submissions for a forthcoming project,

Art/ Value/ Currency.


noun 1 the expression of creative skill through a visual medium such as painting or sculpture. 2 the product of such a process; paintings, drawings, and sculpture collectively. 3 (the arts) the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, and drama. 4 (arts) subjects of study primarily concerned with human culture (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects). 5 a skill: the art of conversation.

ORIGIN Latin ars.


noun 1 the regard that something is held to deserve; importance or worth. 2 material or monetary worth. 3 (values) principles or standards of behaviour. 4 the numerical amount denoted by an algebraic term; a magnitude, quantity, or number. 5 Music the relative duration of the sound signified by a note.

verb (values, valued, valuing) 1 estimate the value of. 2 consider to be important or beneficial.

DERIVATIVES valueless adjective valuer noun.

ORIGIN Old French, from Latin valere.


noun (pl. currencies) 1 a system of money in general use in a particular country. 2 the quality or period of being current.

Art/ Value/ Currency will explore the intertwining roles of trade, value systems and networking within the art world, highlighting their importance in relation to creating exposure for artists and their working practice. In removing monetary motivations, the project also repositions the role of art dealer/gallerists to intermediate presences which foster these exchanges.

The project will begin by exhibiting a collection of works by UK-based artists, to be held in South London’s The Pigeon Wing gallery. All the work will have been made to fit within a uniform size for ease of transportation and cataloguing during the second stage of the project.

Following The Pigeon Wing’s exhibition, the collection will be taken to New York by Shirley, who will visit local artists, galleries, curators and collectors to showcase this collection of British art. During these meetings the works will be offered in exchange for another artwork of the same uniform size, from then on replacing that work within the collection. All of these meetings and exchanges will be documented through the Art/ Value/ Currency’s online space hosted by TheBunkerGallery.

Once all the artworks have been exchanged for new work, the collection will return to London and be re-exhibited at The Pigeon Wing. These new works will then become the possession of the artist whose work they were exchanged for.

Documentation of the process and outcomes during the project will be released through This Is Publishing.

To submit work for this project please send the following to by October 10th 2009:

-   Application Form

-   Artist CV

-   Image of work (300dpi)

-   £3 administration fee per submitted work, payable via PayPal

Whilst we aim to include as many UK artists’ work as possible within the collection, due to the fact that this project crucially involves a large element of travel, we may not be able to include all submitted work.

Selected artists will be notified by October 15th.

Artworks must be received by October 25th (delivery instructions on acceptance)

All work must be 4” x 6” in size (or easily folded down into 4” x 6” exactly)