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Squeaky Wheel’s events are made possible with generous support by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Erie County Arts & Cultural Funding, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, individual members, businesses, and supporters.




Open Call

Call for Submissions: Shape of a Pocket

Deadline: April 8th, 2017, 11:59pm

The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the new world economic order. – John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket

Squeaky Wheel is now accepting submissions to a juried, thematic group exhibition inspired by the idea of “pockets of resistance.” Titled after John Berger’s book, The Shape of a Pocket, we invite artists in Western New York, working in all forms of media arts (from video, film, sound, emergent technologies, performance, and cross disciplinary platforms) to submit proposals engaging with the theme. How can the form of a work be a site of resistance? How can collaborative practices inform our ideas of activism in art? What does it mean for resistance to happen in an exhibition context? Work can address specific topics, or embody these ideas in broader ways; artists are invited to interpret this theme according their specific concerns and practices. Shape of a Pocket will open in July 2017 and will be comprised of a gallery exhibition, and a screening / performance section.

Submissions are open to artists and collectives residing in the 17 counties of Western New York that comprise: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates. We encourage artists at any stage of their career to apply.

Selected artists will receive:
Artist fees according to W.A.G.E. baselines when applicable.
A complimentary Squeaky Wheel membership (one year).
Proposed technical and installation support for the display of the work. See available presentation/installation equipment here (based on availability.)
A community feedback forum for their work.

Submission Process:
Include links to support material, as instructed in the form.
Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. Each submission requires a separate application.
Notifications about your submission will be sent out by April 30, 2017.
Incomplete applications will be disqualified; please check all links before submitting.
Contact ekrem@squeaky.org with any questions.
Submit by deadline: April 8th, 2017, 11:59pm.