Visual Arts Submissions

Visual Arts Programme

Over the last editions we have focused on different key themes that were relevant to the current situation of the world, and would open a space for new ways of seeing and debate. Themes such as Currency, Democracy and Physical & Imaginary borders.

This year our chosen theme is archive and memory, we have invited artists to reflect on the processes we humans use to shape the past; to interrogate the narratives of our collective memory that create our stories and shape our histories.

We are now living unprecent times after facing many changes in the last decade that will have an uncertain impact in our every day life and in our future.

We believe Art offers a possibility to tell our stories, to unveil the unspoken and rethink  the future looking retrospectively. Combining the individual memory, the social memory and the collective memory, to make sense of these things to help understand where we are now.

BE FESTIVAL is Birmingham’s annual summer festival of international arts. It aims to uncover exciting artists, theatre makers and companies making work across Europe and bring them together for a week-long celebration of theatre, dance, circus, site-specific and visual arts.

The visual arts programme at BE dedicates a two-year cycle to exploring a particular theme and open submissions bi-annually. We see visual arts as an essential tool to inspire alternative answers to socio-political challenges. We believe that art practice must always question the world we live in. We facilitate a working arts laboratory that explores the conjunction of arts, politics and economics in an attempt to uncover and proffer innovative and experimental responses.

Who can apply?

Any visual artists from different cultures, backgrounds and practices from UK and Europe can apply. BE FESTIVAL’s visual arts programme can support three visual artists based in the UK and one visual artist based anywhere in Europe.

The visual artists will be selected from different visual arts disciplines (digital, performance, video, installation, etc) and will exhibit their work during the festival to international audiences.



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