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Salisbury Arts Centre Open Exhibition 2011: Animation

Open exhibition 2011: Animation

28 September – 5 November, Salisbury Arts Centre


Artists and animators at all stages of their careers are invited to submit animation work for Salisbury Arts Centre’s 2011 Open Exhibition.  A panel of professionals in the field will select the most engaging, inventive and well executed of entries across the spectrum of animation techniques to be shown in the unique setting of Salisbury Arts Centre.  The most popular exhibited works (by public vote) will receive a cash prize.

All over the age of 16 are welcome to apply and multiple applications are accepted.  There are no geographical restrictions.  Individual and group applications are welcome and artists are encouraged to apply.  Entries could be drawn, stop motion, computer generated or even flick books - any medium you choose.  We are looking for recent work with a contemporary and informed approach; your ideas, aesthetic and your way of expressing them are key.


The theme is ‘animating me’; the animation as a way of expressing or representing yourself, as a self portrait, avatar, or simply your portal on the world – interpret the theme however you like.

What is animation?

The word ‘Animation’ broadly means life or the appearance of life.  It comes from the Latin ‘anima’ or vital force.  Within the context of making ‘an animation’, it is usually the illusion of movement, traditionally created from still images, due to the way the eye and the mind perceive images seen in rapid sequence.  Animations have existed in one form or another for centuries, from early zoetropes to CGI today.

How to apply:

For an application form, e-mail with ‘Animation Open’ in the subject line, or call 01722 343020.  The completed form should be sent along with your entry.

Digital / video entries should be no longer than 5 minutes in length (excerpts accepted) and submitted on DVD or pen drive in MP (Mpeg) 4 format.  If your final work is made of physical objects, such as a flick book, please send up to 5 Jpeg images or a physical prototype (with SAE if you’d like it returned).

Deadline for entries:  2nd September 2011

N.b. Applications must be received at Salisbury Arts Centre by this date.  We can take no responsibility for entries lost or held up in the post and late entries will not be considered.

Send your entries to:

Animation Open, Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3UT

T: 01722 343020 E:

To find out about opportunities for learning animation techniques, please contact us or go to

Salisbury Arts Centre reserves the right to retain and use images from work submitted for press and publicity purposes.  Whilst every effort will be made to observe special display requirements, Salisbury Arts Centre will have the final decision on how selected works are shown, which may include projection or monitor, solo display or compilation with other selected works.

ANIMATION OPEN – Submission Form

The information you provide on this form will be used for the labels and gallery sheet, please ensure you write clearly and that all spelling is correct.


Age if under 18

Title of the work 

Medium/technique of the work

Length (for time-based work)

Year work was made

Postal address

E-mail address

Website address if applicable

Telephone number(s)

A Jpeg image / still from the animationfor publicity purposes, up to 2 MB in size

Details of any special displayrequirements

A short biography (up to 150 words) ofyourself or your group for use in catalogue and website

Selling Price (commission of 35% will bededucted from this):


Work will be insured on Salisbury Arts Centre premises only. Insurance in transit will be the responsibility of the artist. 

While every care will be taken with photographs submitted, responsibility for loss or damage cannot be accepted.  Please do not send original/unique images as Salisbury Arts Centre cannot be responsible for any loss or damage.  Please supply a stamped address envelope clearly indicating if any material is to be returned

Your suggested sale price will act as the insurance value of your work. If your work is not for sale you must clearly state its insurance value and that the work is not for sale.


Salisbury Arts Centre reserves the right to use selected phrases from the artist’s statement for exhibition and marketing purposes.

Salisbury Arts Centre reserves the right to use images of submitted work to   

Animation Open.

I agree to abide by the decision of the judges. I understand that Salisbury Arts Centre will deduct 35% commission from any works sold


Submission Checklist (please tick);



Photos, CD or email

 Stamped address envelope with appropriatepostage, for the return of your photos and CDs

 This submission form completed, signed anddated

Please post your submission to Animation Open, Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT  

Please note

If you would like your images and digital media storage returned you will need to include a SAE with the correct postage.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 1:50pm to Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 1:50pm
Submission Deadline 
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 1:47pm
United Kingdom