Call for works / proposals for KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 launching exhibition about MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, EXHIBITIONS

Call for works / proposals for KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 launching exhibition about MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, EXHIBITIONS

Save the date!

The 11th edition of KAUNAS PHOTO festival will be launched on May 23, 2014, while the main program of the festival will run from September 4 to October 12, 2014.

DEADLINE to submit proposals:  March 21, 2014, Midnight – Sender’s Time

DEADLINE to submit proposals:  March 21, 2014, Midnight – Sender’s Time

The call highlighted by with samples of submitted work >>>


The 11th edition of the longest-running photo art festival in the Baltic countries, KAUNAS PHOTO festival, in 2014 will be launched on the day of celebration of the international day of museums, more precisely, during the Museum Night on May 23, 2014.

Exhibition about exhibitions?… YES!

A collective exhibition and a public projection event of photography on the subject of MUSEUMS, GALLERIES and EXHIBITIONS will be in the centre of nocturne museum program at the most important venue for contemporary art in Kaunas, M.Zilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Ciurlionis Art Museum. This venue has hosted a number of KAUNAS PHOTO main exhibitions since 2010.

SUBJECT OF THE WANTED WORKS: “Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions”

Since the dawn of humanity, artistic creation and its production has always been at the service of the main cults, deities and religions.

Today, relics of all kind, art objects, memorabilia, artefacts of scientific progress, historical valuables have taken the position of the cult. Museums, galleries, festivals, fairs have become the stages of celebration of the cult of valuable priceless and useless objects.

In different countries of the world the art institutions and events reach the attendance of tens, hundreds of thousands and even millions. Spaces, places, contexts, where artistic, historical, scientific, or other valuables are displayed, play a role of an oasis for those exhausted by the speedy routine.

This phenomenon does not escape the eyes of artists, including photographers.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival is calling for photographers / visual artists to submit series of photographs, photography-related videos or installation projects on the theme of MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, EXHIBITIONS, art fairs, festivals, etc. Among the interesting subjects could be: process of installation of exhibitions, backstage of museum / gallery / fair life, audience, empty halls and lines to enter museums, openings of exhibitions and launching events, etc.

The exhibition will be based on series of photographs (not single images), but photography-related video or installations are also accepted. The works submitted should be created in the 21st century, but works that reveal the layers of time and contain or depart from older visual material are welcome.

The call is open to photographers / artists of all ages, nationalities, countries of residence and to all creative methods: from reportage to conceptual works.

About earlier KAUNAS PHOTO exhibitions @ this museum space:

KAUNAS PHOTO 2012 exhibition “About Photography” at M.Zilinskas Art Gallery


Any photographer / visual artist regardless of their age, nationality can propose works and eventually be a part of KAUNAS PHOTO festival program.

Proposals must be sent by e-mail only.

A proposal can present a series of images or individual images (not only photographs), descriptions or documentations of installations or performances. The e-mail must contain:
1) A title / Subject / Theme “Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions”
2) one of the following, several or all
a) up to 12 images in JPG files; file size 1200 px on the longer side, 80% jpg quality, RGBs.
b) if photos need description and/or captions, send an additional DOC file;
c) links to videos, if such. No videos should be attached to the email itself.
3)  Creator’s CV with the record of artistic practice (max 1 page).
Loose files of ZIP archives should be sent as attachments. Please do not embed images into email content.

The only email address for sending proposals:
Max weight per email: 5 MB
Each proposal must be accompanied by a submission fee payment.

DEADLINE: March 21, 2014.

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Martin Parr discovering the work of Australian artist Richard Simpkin “Richard and Famous” in KAUNAS PHOTO exhibition “Duets & Duels” at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery in 2010. Consequently, he curated Simpkin’s exhibition at “Open Eye” gallery in Liverpool in 2012.


KAUNAS PHOTO festival provides real opportunities for the artists to be seen, encountered, discovered by exhibiting their works in a respectable way, publishing interviews with artists, inviting the artists to take part in the openings, etc.

On the way to that, there is a huge amount of work for the festival team to process several hundreds of proposals and study them thoroughly in order to prepare a quality programming. Besides the central aim of selecting work of the exhibition, the submitting artists get their works reviewed by the festival’s curatorial team, which this might result in promotion of the artist’s work beyond the current project.

A non-refundable submission fee per submitted series / body of work is 13 EUR (if paid to the bank account) or 15 EUR, if paid via PayPal.

The submissions are finalized with an entry fee, payable via
1) PayPal transfer of 15 EUR (fifteen Eur) to
2) bank transfer of 13 EUR (thirteen Eur) to VsI Sviesos rastas; enterprise code – 236029130;
Bank name -Swedbank, AB; bank address – Konstitucijos pr. 20A, 03502 Vilnius, Lithuania; bank code – 73000; SWIFT – HABALT22, IBAN (account number) – LT397300010079629079.



While submitting works the artists / photographers confirm that they are the only copyright owners of the images they propose or, if applicable, they indicate the parties that are involved in the rights management of the submitted images.

While submitting works, the artists / photographers agree that their works (with names and titles of works indicated) can be featured in the communication of “Kaunas Photo” festival such as but not limited to print matter, Internet publications, multimedia presentations in unlimited territory and unlimited time-framework. Example, why it is important: “Kaunas Photo” presentation movie will be shown in “Encuentros Abiertos” festival in Argentina in August / September 2014.


We kindly ask photographers / artists not do delay to submit works. If the works match perfectly the expectations, artists will be contacted for arrangements before the call deadline.

6 – 8 photographic series / bodies of work will be selected for the exhibition;
20 – 25 photographic series / bodies of work will be selected for the projection that will take place during the opening night.

The festival’s policy is strict about the artistic and visual quality of the exhibitions, but it is also oriented towards exchange between the artists and the audience, aiming at having the artists present in Kaunas at the opening events or, if it is not possible, during the time frame of the exhibition. When works / artists selected, the festival will cover the hotel accommodation for selected artists in Kaunas for at least 2 nights around the night of the opening event (May 23) and contribute to their travel costs. Transportation or production of works is discussed with every artist individually and result in at least partial support from KAUNAS PHOTO. Production of works with costs covered by KAUNAS PHOTO takes place in Lithuania, managed by festival’s exhibition building team.

Authors of selected woks will be contacted privately as soon as their work will be decided as fit for the exhibition or projections. The list of selected & confirmed participants will be available on the festival web site before March 31.

DEADLINE to submit proposals:  March 21, 2014, Midnight – Sender’s Time

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