For The Shed, an early-career artist is one who has not yet received major support to create new work. We define major support as a range of opportunities, from the receipt of substantial institutional funding to presenting and/or producing opportunities at large-scale cultural organizations.
By decentralizing the curatorial voice within the selection process, which challenges the gatekeeping tendencies common to arts institutions, "Open Call" realizes The Shed’s civic mission to be truly of, by, and for New York City. As in the two previous iterations, participants for "Open Call’s" third edition will be selected by more than 50 independent leaders across all artistic fields, including artists, cultural programmers, curators, producers, academics, and members of The Shed’s program team. The selection will take place in summer 2022.
The Shed will support selected projects with a commissioning fee of up to $15,000 of producing stewardship per artist or collective, paid in installments associated with specified milestones. Over the course of the "Open Call" program, each commission will be produced and designed in collaboration with The Shed’s artistic and production teams, who will work closely with each artist or collective throughout critical moments of the project’s development. This collaboration will include the creation of a customized plan that integrates accessibility into each piece. Additionally, in-kind presenting support managed by The Shed will go toward the implementation and installation of the work on-site, including artistic and production support outlined in detail on the application.
The selected projects will be presented between the summers 2023 and 2024 in various spaces at The Shed, including our outdoor Plaza and one of our galleries as part of a group exhibition in 2023 and the Overlook and The Griffin Theater in 2024. All tickets to "Open Call" will be offered to the public for free. Along with the points of access created for each piece, these free tickets make the program accessible, welcoming, and inviting for all New Yorkers.
Applications to "Open Call" will be accepted via Submittable between Wednesday, December 15, 2021, and Monday, February 21, 2022, at 6 pm EST. There is no processing fee for The Shed’s "Open Call" application. Artists or collectives whose projects have been selected will be notified by August 2022 and will be publicly announced in October 2022.
As per New York City guidelines, applicants and all associated collaborators accepted to who will be on-site at The Shed must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.