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“Impossible Sites,” a COVID-19 Artist Relief Award, Is Open for Submissions

The nomadic art museum Black Cube will select five sketch submissions from US-based artists, who will be included in an online zine and awarded $650 each. The deadline to apply is June 5.

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“Impossible Sites” invites American artists to submit sketches for impossible site-specific artworks for a cash award and inclusion in an online zine. This open call is intended to support artists living and working in the United States who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. 

While the pandemic has created many new limitations to daily life, this award asks artists to turn inward through exploring the creative space of ideas for nonviable (site-specific) artworks. This project endeavors to encourage dreaming of unfeasible or impractical possibilities as a way to open the door to bold ideas and new visions of our world. 

We are seeking sketches or renderings that depict an impossible artwork situated within a real, existing location (i.e. the Moon, the Grand Canyon, a grocery store). The artwork can be deemed impossible for any number of reasons identified by the artist. For example, the artwork could be impossible due to gravity or other natural phenomena, cost, scale, materials, timeframe, etc. The site or location the artwork is depicted within must somehow physically exist in reality at the current moment. Any medium is acceptable including drawing, video, performance, animation, painting, collage, digital, photography, etc. The awarded sketch submissions will be received and disseminated digitally, as well as included in an online zine. 

Black Cube, a nomadic art museum, will award 5 artists $650 each for selected sketch submissions. Submissions are reviewed and selected by the Chief Curator. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

To learn more and submit to “Impossible Sites,” visit blackcube.art.