WALLSTREET CALLING

WALLSTREET festival OPEN CALL

EXISTING ART & NEW MINIATURE ART always wanted all year round

Are you a professional artist and have existing public art works in your studio or storage? Or do you have great ideas for *miniature art? WALLSTREET CALLING is an Open Call that is always open and includes:

  • Already existing public art of all sizes
  • New ideas for *miniature art

We are looking for works of all kinds and artistic expressions for rent and purchase, for temporary and permanent placement. All works must be able to handle the outdoor environment as WALLSTREET is a outdoor public art festival. We will show a total of up to 1000 public works during the art festival WALLSTREET 2025 – sculptures, temporary architecture, *miniature art, mural painting etc. – of which up to half are expected to be added via this Open Call.

Some of the works will create sculpture parks and sculpture promenades in various locations in Sweden during the festival. Some of the works may become permanent after the festival.

The festival also includes other art disciplines such as mural paintings and performances curated by the festival’s curators. This Open Call covers existing art and miniature art only, not murals.

* By miniature art we mean works of art in the size of 10 x 10 x 10 cm, for example “Digital dreams” by Ebba Bohlin, “Fountain” by Magnus Thierfielders, “The Mouse Hotel” by Anonymous or “Politicians discussing global warming” by Isaac Cordal.

BACKGROUND

The climate crisis affects our entire society, which does not affect only our lives but how our future is shaped and also changes. WALLSTREET festival therefore collects a bank of already existing art. On the same note, we are also looking for new ideas for miniature art. Big stories can be contained in small matter.

Instead of trying to push WALLSTREET in the traditional art festival format, we want to take public art in to a new era – post pandemic and in the midst of a global climate crisis and ongoing war. The proposals must have a high artistic quality and challenge what public art can do in our common public spaces – and not least how they come about.

SELECTION PROCESS

  1. Artists submit an expression of interest by filling in the form further down the page.
  2. The art council assesses received proposals and start matching them with the partners and places.
  3. The artworks that are matched with partner and location are meant to be shown temporarily during the festival. Exhibition fee is paid to the artist. Some of the temporary works may become permanent after the festival depending on interest of the financial partner. Additional compensation is then paid to the artists whose work is made permanent.
  4. All proposals received are of course handled confidentially. The proposals that are not selected for further commissions will not be used in any other context by the festival and return to the artist.

FINANCE & COMPENSATION

  1. WALLSTREET with partners pays exhibition fee according to the Swedish standard agreements for rented existing public art, as well as shipping costs – in total between EURO 1.000 – 5,000 + VAT per artwork depending on the need for renovation etc.
  2. WALLSTREET with partners pays production costs, exhibition fee according to the Swedish standard agreements and shipping costs for new production of miniature art – a total of between EURO 2.000 – 5,000 + VAT per miniature depending on material etc.
  3. A more detailed budget is drawn up in dialogue with the artist.

The festival runs June-August 2025.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Professional artists can submit an expression of interest at any time from now until December 2024. The chance of being included is increased if you submit in good time. Artists can participate individually or in groups of several. For the expression of interest to be valid, the WALLSTREET web form must be used and a PDF must be uploaded according to the information below (requirements).

Fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

Upload 1 (one) pdf in A4 format of a total of maximum 5 pages and 20 MB which includes:

a) image and description of your work and thoughts on how you see it best placed (required)

b) description of 1 reference project (required)

c) CV of max. 1 page (required)

d) your idea for new miniature art with a maximum of 2 images/sketch/text (optional)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

  • High artistic quality
  • Relevance in relation to current social issues and the opportunities and challenges they bring
  • Innovative approach to temporary art projects
  • How well the artwork relates to the chosen platform and the surrounding location
  • Potential to engage as well as wider and professional audiences
  • Practical and economic feasibility

ART COUNCIL

The artistic council consists of one representative from each participating municipality – an official who is responsible for public art in that municipality, and also a number of external artists and art consultants.

PROCESS AND TIME SCHEDULE

  1. The open call for applications is already open
  2. 31:th of December 2024: Application deadline
  3. Running until 31 December 2024: The Arts Council discusses incoming proposals and decides which may be relevant for the festival
  4. January-April 2025: Matching works of art with location and financial part, including final decisions on which works will be included in the festival5.
  5. April-May 2025: Renovations, adjustments and transports6.
  6. May-June 2025: Placement of works7. June-August: Festival months with sculpture parks and promenades etc

Fredrika Friberg, festival admiral

Get an idea about what WALLSTREET CALLING is all about.

The huge pencil is made by Håkan Sanchis after an idea by Fredrika Friberg.

In the background you can see artwork "Observatory" by artist Gunilla Bandolin, which is located in Hammarby Lake in the city of Stockholm.

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FAQ

We have chosen not to have a specific theme. However, we encourage participating artists to take into account the spirit of the place as input in the work. The world at large right now has several highly topical inevitable themes we all have to deal with, such as the climate crisis, the pandemic and Agenda 2030. We believe that this is more than enough as a starting point for artists with the freedom to interpret, shape and contribute.

The WALLSTREET festival 2025 is a movement and an outdoor art exhibition in our common urban space. Through the creation of 1000 works of art with a variety of expressions, the festival contributes to the attractiveness, identification and orientation of places. WALLSTREET leads the way for the meaning and place of art and culture in a changing urban environment.

WALLSTREET

Connecting people and place through the power of public art.

A movement for happier communities and a kinder world.

Impacting humanity to become more aware.

This Open Call is only for professional artists. High artistic quality is a priority in the festival.

WALLSTREET work with different types of partners. The public sector (municipalities) and private sector (mostly property developers) are the most common one.

Participating municipalities use existing established municipal processes for the production of art where arm’s length distance applies (no politicians are allowed to be involved) and all art production is led by people with artistic competence.

Private business uses the art consultants who are connected to the festival, and who act as a link between private partners and the artist. Most art productions in the private sector follow a given process.

WALLSTREET festival wants to involve neighbors at the place where there will be art as much as possible (if there are any people living on the site, that is).

Connecting people and place through the power of public art.

A movement for happier communities and a kinder world.

Impacting humanity to become more aware.