[dropcap style=”font-size:100px;color:#992211;”]N[/dropcap]ow open to submissions is Isolation Mastered, a unique group exhibition from JD Malat Gallery featuring the work of artists who demonstrate a creative response to the isolation period during COVID-19.
From today until 15 June, applications are welcomed from all UK-based artists. All submissions will be carefully reviewed by an experienced committee, with members from curatorial, art collecting, art dealing and art advisory disciplines:
Simon de Pury (art dealer and auctioneer), Dylan Jones (GQ editor), Robert Montgomery (artist), David Bellingham (art historian, art market historian, author and programme director of the MA in art business, Sotheby’s Institute of Art London), Gavin Rossdale (musician and art collector), Jean-David Malat (founder, JD Malat Gallery) and special guests , Gavin Turk and Katrin Fridriks.
The committee will make their selections based on whose work presents an innovative dialogue with this isolation period and also demonstrates a masterful exploration of their chosen medium.
20 selected artists will be displayed in an exhibition during the first week of July. Members of the public will be invited to decide on their favourite artist through a series of online and in-person votes. The artist with the most votes will receive an exclusive solo show at JD Malat Gallery in 2021.
With all profits made from the exhibition directed at each artist and their practice, the goal of the initiative is to support artists during this difficult time. As a gallery that has inclusivity and diversity at the core of its programme, JD Malat recognises this unique artist-led initiative as an opportunity to foster connection and strengthen the art community despite this period of newfound distance caused by the global pandemic.
Founder Jean-David Malat says: “During this period of unprecedented uncertainty, art is one of the most important ways to foster positivity and connect our society. We hope that this initiative not only provides a platform for artistic expression during this challenging time, but also upholds a collective mission to support the art sector and give creative individuals of all backgrounds an opportunity to exhibit their work.”
Submissions for Isolation Mastered are open until 15 June. For further information and to apply, visit here.
Image: Hans Kotter, Big Bang, 2013, from Shifting Space, the upcoming Hans Kotter and Annett Zinsmeister exhibition at JD Malat Gallery
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.