Organized by Creature Comforts’ Get Artistic program, The Broadside Exhibition Project is an annual show of curated collaborations between poets and artists. The project’s first iteration, Verse 1, will be displayed across multiple locations around Athens, GA beginning in March 2018. Up to 20 pairs of poets and visual artists will be selected to collaborate and create original broadsides together, which will be displayed in the mini-exhibits around town. This is an exciting opportunity for artists to work across mediums—from visual to writing and back—and grow with their community into new creative territory.
So what is a broadside? At first glance, a broadside reads as a poster: a large print featuring a combination of text and images that is, significantly, displayed in a public space. However, broadsides serve an artistic purpose beyond the didactic utility of posters. Broadsides provide a uniquely communal experience of a form of art that is typically enjoyed privately and intellectually, as in a book of poetry.
The Get Artistic program aims to create opportunities for Creature Comforts’ community and consumers to connect with art in dynamic ways. Get Artistic brings people together, with art and with beer, in order to strengthen our community bonds and enliven our creative spirit. This is why The Broadside Exhibition Project: Verse 1 is one part gallery show, one part public art project.
The online application for poets and visual artists will be open through January 7, 2018. Collaborations may be assigned on a rolling basis or. Design collaboration and printing will take place in February. Because of the time-sensitive nature of the collaboration project, only submissions by poets and artists local to the Athens area will be accepted.
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