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You will have noticed that what makes us different from other call for entry websites, is that we are selective. There are several reasons for this, the first being that the founder of Staam up is an artist himself, and particularly mindful of the respect that events owe to artists. We also believe that an artistic event worthy of that name, does not simply mean hanging paintings on four walls. Which is why we require organisers to send us information about their event (exact location, names of jury members, legal protection of artists’ rights, etc.).

At Staam up, we favour quality over quantity.

Yes, for one simple reason – by refusing them it would come to "boycotting" calls for entries, which are opportunities for artists to exhibit and make themselves known. It is not our intention to prevent organizers from offering open calls, nor to prevent artists from applying for events that interest them. 

However we hope that organizers who charge admission fees will give a chance as many artists as possible by asking a reasonable amount.

We only decline calls for entries whose entry fees increase with the number of works submitted .


 

Plastic artists! Whatever their level, from beginner to experienced.

That being said, you may be wondering what exactly we mean by “plastic artists”. It includes artists who specialise in painting, collage, sculpture, photography, mixed media, installations, or drawing.

In other words - plastic artists, whatever their level of experience, origin, gender, religion, skin colour, favourite dish, height, preferred sleeping position…

Each and every plastic artist is welcome on Staam up!

No, we designed Staam up to make it easier to publish, search for, and apply to calls for entries across Europe and the world. It is not an online gallery. 

We do, however, have an art dealer on our team, whose work at Staam up consists in finding artwork (maybe yours), that seems particularly worthy of interest, and to buy it directly from the artist, for both our pleasure and the collectors who trust us.

We have devised the best possible ways to meet organisers’ needs. Which is you! Publishing your call for entries on Staam up means  : 

- massive visibility, perfected by our developers and marketing team: your calls for entries are seen by hundreds of artists, but also artists who are a perfect fit for your event.-

- features developed especially for youFor example, you can measure the impact of your ad, find out how many artists have seen it, clicked on it and applied. You can also communicate directly with our team or any artist via the internal messaging system…

All your event applications processed together : we take care of gathering the applications, files and everything needed for your event to run smoothly. All you have to think about is the organisation itself, we’ll handle the back office.

As a new customer, you benefit from a free trial for the publication of your first call for applications, based on our Comfort Formula (except Staam up fee : 9% of entry fees, if any, that we collect for you).

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OPEN CALL FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM 2021 - FIRST ROUND "POST HOMO SAPIENS"
Schiedam
Du 18/06/2021 au 04/07/2021

For the 2021 edition of FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM we will be reflecting on the meaning of conflict while focusing the festival’s theme on its aftermath, the consequences caused by it and the reconstruction of dialogues in post-conflict period. We would like to explore the emergence of new situations, ideas, relationships, struggles and tensions which reframe a broken discourse giving way of new possibilities.

We are aiming to explore not just the external post conflict struggles between characters and characters with nature and society, but also looking into internal conflicts affecting peoples within themselves and their surroundings. The conflicting needs and principles within or among organisations, the impacts emerging from the technologies, structures of power and beliefs, conflicts of the natural world and with other species, ideologies and lifestyles, the misunderstanding within generations, traditions colluding with the modern world or gender conflicts.

FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM  is open to visual representations using different mediums, photography, archive, installation, performance, intervention, digital art, fictional narratives and documentary works. We are looking for works which challenge the way we think and questions established ideas of engagement.

In the end, it will be a new edition following the discursive line of the theme Transitions, which was started last year with great shows from Magnum photographers, Sarah Maple and many more. It will tackle key contemporary issues through the narrations of visual storytellers from all over the world.

Introduction

In june 2021, Foto Festival Schiedam will take us on a journey of contemporary photography. With its theme Transitions ll , the festival presents a wide range of perceptive photographers who observe and question our constantly changing visual culture. The 8th edition of the festival is characterized by the refreshing combination of various genres within photography. The photos are shown at a special location in the historic city center and presented in spatial installations that ignore the typical one-dimensional photo on a wall.

About our Open Call

We invite our applicants to present one image within the context of our theme. We invite any artist that works in the realm of visual culture to apply for the upcoming edition of the festival. We welcome manifold interpretations and opinions that express all the different shades of grey that exist within the theme.You can apply in one of our subthemes or in all 3 of them if your fits within this them!

If you want to join our growing community, please submit your images inspired by the theme 'Transitions ll' Our committee will make a selection of participating photographers and invite them to showcase their work at Foto Festival Schiedam. If you are selected we will offer a professional print a blow up (1,5 x 1,0m) of your photo on forex and present the photo within our exhibition. After the event you can take this print back home.

We want to give the independent photography community an opportunity to exhibit during our festival As a small independent organization that consists of passionate photography freelancers, we want to create a platform that caters to a wide spectrum of photographers. However, we cannot make it work without your financial contribution as we are only partially funded. With your contribution, we cover organizational, productional and promotional costs to make sure your work is facilitated and promoted in the best way possible. For each submission we ask a €19 fee.

We will launch 3 open call all reflecting on a sub theme of Transitions. You can submit your work to all 3 subthemes if you think your work fits the subtheme.