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Open call. METALLOphone: BONDS

Open call  /  05 Oct 2016  -  26 Oct 2016
Published: 15.03.2016
Open call. METALLOphone: BONDS.
(AV17) gallery
Kristina Mizgiryte
DEADLINE: 25/06/2016

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The contemporary metal art biennial “METALLOphone”, which started five years ago, has become international and the only of its kind event in Lithuania dedicated only to metal art.
After the success of the biennial “METALLOphone: personally” 2014, where fifty artists from twenty countries (Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, USA, Columbia, Poland, Sweden, Greece, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Italy, (n.b. South) Korea, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina and Japan) have presented their works, this year the event returns with a new mission - to connect different artists around the world who speak one identical metal language.

The major factor in the biennial METALLOphone: Bonds 2016‘s program context becomes the metal bond that destroys big distances between different cultures, countries and people. Like a unifying language, metal not only connects the artists throughout the world, but at the same time, through creative process, peculiarly objectifies an intangible bond existing between the creator and the environment. Every person sees the world in their own way, describes different phenomena in their own words, so the bonds, which are given meaning by the metal with gathered medial qualities, become authentic, unique stories of the artists. The biennial invites the artists to capture their bond with metal and then through metal - with the world not only in the works, but also in a short following text.

The “METALLOphone: bonds" 2016 will include a new program - online international lecture cycle. Speakers from various countries around the globe and different schools will share their knowledge and observations about the contemporary metal art creation, movements and technologies as well as ancient traditions and conceptual perspective combined in art.


(AV17) gallery (Ausros Vartu st.17, Vilnius)
Lithuanian Artists Association gallery’s window display (Vokieciu st. 2, Vilnius).
Dates: 5th October to 26th October, 2016

Opening event: 5th October, 2016, 6.00 pm. at (AV17) gallery
Ausros Vartu st.17, Vilnius, Lithuania

Criteria of works:
- Contemporary approach to material
- Conceptuality
- Artistic quality
- Accordance to the technical requirements of exhibition

Selection and delivery of the works:
-Submitted works will be assessed and selected for the exhibition by the jury that will meet on 1st of July, 2016. Reflection of the theme and satisfaction of the requirements will be the main criteria for the jury to qualify works for the exhibition. Only artists of the selected works will be informed about their participation in the exhibition.
-Selected works must be sent or otherwise delivered (at the artist’s own expense) to (AV17) gallery by the deadline of 10th of August 2016.
-Selected works should be sent or delivered in an appropriate and secure packaging that will protect the objects from damage and can be re-used for returning them to the artist.

Conditions of participation:
- Each participant can present 1-3 works
- Works must contain at least 50 % of metal
- Works must be created in 2015 - 2016 period and not exhibited in Lithuania before
- Size of works cannot exceed folowing dimensions: 50x50 cm
- A non-refundable entry fee of 30 € is required for an application
The application fee can be paid by a bank transfer:
Bank: „Swedbank“, AB
Address: Konstitucijos pr. 20A, LT-03502 Vilnius, Lithuania
Bank Code: 73000,
Receiver: VSI AV17
Receivers registration address: Totoriu 5-5, Vilnius, Lithuania
IBAN: LT72 7300 0101 2903 4174
For those overseas (non-EU countries) we suggest using Paypal.
Account email:
Customs Duty (for overseas participants only):
Following Articles 23−27 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1186/2009 setting up a Community system of reliefs from customs duty:
Postal consignments sent from a third country by a private person to another private person living in the Community shall be admitted free of import duties, if these consignments are not of a commercial nature, and their value does not exceed 22 Euros (24 USD).
All parcels suspended at the local customs will be returned to the sender.

When shipping the parcels from non-EU country, please address the parcels to: Kristina Mizgiryte
(AV17) gallery
Ausros Vartu st. 17,
01304 Vilnius, Lithuania

-The organizers are liable for submitted works from the time of receiving them until they are returned to the artist in person at the gallery or dispatched via mail.
-In the case of any damage or loss of the work while in the organizer’s disposition or during the exhibition, the organizers will cover the cost of its restoration.
-In the case of any damage or loss of the package, post or Courier Company is responsible according to its rules.

Return of works:
The works will be sent back to the participants till the end of December 2016.

Shipping address:
(AV17) gallery
Ausros Vartu str. 17,
01304 Vilnius, Lithuania