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Terms & Conditions

*Amendments have been made to the Queer Contemporaries T&C's in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Originally we sought to showcase work from artists based in North West England, but given the unprecedented circumstances and the uncertainty surrounding a physical show, we are opening up the call to be UK wide with a vision of a fully digital showcase across our platforms (website, instagram, facebook etc) alongside the postponed physical show. We are considering ways to deliver this outcome in a way that is personal and genuinely beneficial (although we are hoping we may continue with the physical show at AIR Gallery at a later date too). This could mean a virtual tour, artist features on social media, digital workshops from collaborating artists on ZOOM or other platforms and a specialised forum to introduce artists and encourage future collaborations. We hope to solidify these activities as soon as possible, but regardless of the outcome of a physical show, we will commit to quality digital coverage in whatever form that takes as the circumstances surrounding the Pandemic become clearer. Good luck and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions at shortsupplymcr@outlook.com. 


Open Call for artworks from LGBTQIA+ identifying artists *based in the UK. Work covering any subject or theme may be submitted, and we accept works of all media. This may include but is not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, live & performance art. The entry must be a recent work that reflects the artists current practice, and must be ready to exhibit at the time of submission deadline. We are not accepting proposals for new work as entries for this opportunity.

Shortlisted artists will be exhibited in a curated group show supported by Superbia at AIR Gallery in 2020. Please make sure you fully understand all of our Terms and Conditions before considering applying for this open call.

If you have a visual impairment or difficulty reading/understanding these terms and conditions, please contact us via shortsupplymcr@outlook.com for an audio version or to discuss an alternative arrangement.





1. Artists applying must be LGBTQIA+ identifying, but work submitted may cover any subject matter. You will be asked in the application form to state how you identify, but this is not a compulsory question, and all information collected will only be seen by our selection panel. We like to see who and where our opportunities reach, but these details are kept private, and will not affect your submission in any way.

2. *Artists applying must be from or currently based in the UK.

3. Artwork submitted must be high quality and gallery ready, with install method clear on the work or with clear hanging instructions provided by the artist if selected to be in the exhibition.

4. Artists may enter up to five works, with a maximum of 2 images/media per artwork and a limit of 2 MB each. If submitting a video, audio or documented performance piece, please ensure you send the full version of the content in your submission. Please ensure you send the best quality documentation possible, as this will be massively helpful to our assessment of your submission. All images must be titled appropriately with your full name, work title and year made.

5. An appropriate description alongside your visual documentation within your submission is not compulsory, but is recommended. This will help the judges to best understand your work which they may have no prior knowledge of, and help them to make the most informed decision possible.

6. Work will not be accepted if submitted outside of the given time frame – 5/03/20 – 31/05/20.

Please consider these guidelines carefully when making your submission, as applications found to not meet these terms will not progress to the selection process.

If you have any questions concerning these guidelines or your submission, do not hesitate to contact us via shortsupplymcr@outlook.com



1. To make an entry for Queer Contemporaries you must complete our online application form found on our website under ‘Opportunities’.

2. You will be asked for your full name, email, location and website or social media handles. Everything but the website and social media handles is compulsory, and you cannot move onto the next stage of the application without completing these details. While not compulsory, we would like to see some of your online presence if possible to help us get a more well-rounded understanding of you and your practice.

3. You will be asked how you identify and what your submission medium/s are, and you will be given an opportunity to explain in more detail about your submitted work/s and an overview of your practice. All of the questions in the second half of the form are not compulsory, but will be useful supporting information to help us review your application - so we recommend you answer as much of this part of the form in as much detail as possible.

3. Once you have completed all parts of the form, please ensure you have fully read and understand the terms and conditions. You will be required to validate your understanding through a check box at the end of the form, and amendments to the form cannot be made once submitted.

4. Once you have validated your understanding of the terms and clicked submit, the next page will contain a Drop Box link for you to upload your supporting images (maximum of 2 per artwork), and a PayPal link to make your application donation. It is crucial that after submitting the form you upload your images to the Drop Box, as without them we will not be able to take your application further and will not have time to chase this up during the selection process. It is your responsibility to ensure this is done. Please only send images of the submitted work. If you encounter any issues with this part of the application please contact us via our email straight away. All submitted images must be titled appropriately, with your full name, work title and year made.

5. Once you have made your submission, you will receive an email confirmation via the email provided in the application form. We have tried to make each part of the application as clear and simple to complete as possible, but as ever, if you have any questions or need any help with any part of this process we are happy to provide it!



The suggested donation per entry is displayed after submission of Short Supply’s application form for Queer Contemporaries. Although voluntary, we strongly encourage those able to pay to consider directly supporting those who do not have the necessary funds. We typically set our open call fee at £5 per person, and our recommended donation for application to Queer Contemporaries is £10 – value of one application for yourself, and one to support an artist who is not able to make this donation.

As a non-profit initiative, we rely on the generosity of our supporters and collaborators to help us bring our projects to life, and continue offering and facilitating opportunities for artists across the North West. This opportunity is kindly supported in part thanks to Superbia by Manchester Pride, however, Short Supply as a group receives no long-term funding and not all costs of hosting this opportunity are covered by this grant. We do not wish to exclude any marginalised artists without the necessary funds to get involved in this project, so we feel it is important that the opportunity remains free for those who cannot afford it - but we urge those who can do so to make a donation.

We want Short Supply to remain an inclusive and accessible platform for all, and your support makes it possible for us to continue doing what we do, ensuring we keep our collaborations diverse and our events free. Hosting quality events and providing quality opportunities requires funding, and when it gets down to it, we’re just two working class artists trying to do our bit and be the change we want to see. If you can chuck us a few quid to help us do that, we will be immensely grateful, and hope in turn we can continue providing valuable experiences for our arts community.

Please note: You will not receive a refund of your donation if you submit work/s but then decide to later withdraw your application, for entries that do not expressly meet the criteria listed above in ‘Submitting Artwork’ or for entries that do not make it through the selection process. The suggested donation is non-refundable.


Your payment is processed through PayPal, and Short Supply does not retain your details after processing your payment.



Work will be put forward to a professional judging panel including Matt Retallick (Curator & Writer, PINK) Rosanne Robertson (Artist & Curator, The Penthouse) and Chester Tenneson (Artist & Lecturer, Manchester School of Art) who will review the submitted work. We have the right to refuse work if it does not meet the terms and conditions. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we will not be able to provide feedback on your application. The decision of the judging panel is final. Artists will be notified of the outcome of their submission shortly after selection process whether selected or not.


1. Selected artists will be notified shortly after the selection process and given options for delivery of artwork, whether in person or via post.

2. Artwork must include a suitable hanging system or display for example – mirror plates, plinth etc unless an alternative hang has been discussed and accepted in the selection process.

3. Display options will be discussed with curators for digital, audio and sculptural work – artist may be asked to provide plinths or digital display units etc.

4. Artists will be given a time slot in which they can deliver the work to the gallery, work must be delivered in person, or by an arranged courier discussed with the curators at an earlier date.

5. All works will be condition checked upon arrival. Any works that arrive damaged will need to be removed by the artist.

6. All work delivered must be properly packaged and have a tag with the artists name and title of the work on the packaging. We ask all artists to label the work with ‘Artists Name, Title and Medium’. This can be attached via a luggage tag or adhesive label.

7. Artists must provide the same artwork/s as submitted to the open call; any other work presented which has not been confirmed by the judging panel must be collected by the artist.



All costs of delivery when returning artwork will be the artists responsibility, funding and costs must be covered by the artist. No funding is available towards transportation.

Artists will be given an allocated time slot to collect the work from the gallery, any artwork being taken by courier must be arranged prior to the collection date with curators.

Condition of the artwork will be checked and logged before collection.


AIR Gallery shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any loss, damage, destruction, deterioration or wear, including damage to frames caused to a work submitted for or exhibited during the exhibition. Insurance of the artwork during transportation and hanging is the responsibility of the artist and we advise all artists have relevant insurance when exhibiting at the gallery. Please see A-N for optional payment of public liability insurance.

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