Upcoming Exhibit:

July 27 - August 1, 2021 | BLOC15 Oakland

252 2nd Street. Oakland, CA

BLOC15 is a premiere Oakland event venue with two levels, multiple environments, and over 10,000 square feet of event and exhibition space. During one of the weekend days during the exhibit, we will produce a permitted outdoor community event with music, food, and arts and crafts.

BLOC15 Website Venue Walkthrough
Bloc15 Interior Photo

Call for Artists

The exhibition program at BLOC15 in Oakland is open to any artist or group working in any medium who currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area is defined as these nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Submissions:

We are looking for installations, sculptures, murals, light, sound, video, and photography installations. We are leaning towards larger exhibits and immersive installations, but we are open to any ideas from the community.

Insurance:

Due to the number of artists and other factors, we will not be able to provide insurance for individual artworks. The exhibition locations are secure with alarm systems and video cameras. Staff and security will be present during the exhibits and events.

Deadline for Submissions:

Friday, July 2nd, 2021 for the Exhibit artists. Vendor artists can submit through July 23rd..
Artists are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. Early selections will be rewarded with more exposure as we will use your work in promotions.

Installation / Exhibition Dates:

July 25-26 (Install) July 27 - August 1, 2021 (Exhibit) BLOC15, Oakland

Submission Info:

Please email events@musepop.io with the title Local Love Festival Submission and provide the following information:

1) Your name or group name (If group, please provide the names of all persons in your group).
2) The city in which you live.
3) Your email and phone number.
4) Your proposal idea and/or photos of your existing installation.
5) The amount of space required for your installation.
6) Approximation of how much time you will need to install your project.
7) Any support you will need for the installation. Transportation, monetary, materials, build support etc. Let us know your plan and how we can help you make it happen.
8) Please provide a link to your website and/or other online presence like Instagram so we can get an idea of your work.

Installation Support:

We have a limited budget to support installation needs. We are hoping participating artists and groups can be as self sufficient as possible. We have some material donations and free warehouse space for pre-installation build needs that can be scheduled by appointment. We will also have a build team on-site to support you. We have a 44” wide large format printer which can help some artists with large image printing if needed. We will also have some free trucking options for artists that need transportation during the installation windows. In other words, we are going to do our best to support you! Please let us know how we can help in your proposal.

Payment to Participating Artists:

For the exhibit artists the payment structure is as follows:

Tickets will be $20 for the Oakland exhibit.

1/2 of all ticket sales go to the participating exhibition artists fund. We will also have donation tickets for those who cannot attend the event, but want to support the artists. 100% of the donation ticket goes to the artist fund.
1/2 goes to the production costs, music, event staffing, promotions, installation, general liability insurance, and web development.

How the Payment Structure Works:

For each ticket sold, 1/2 of the money goes into the general artist fund. Each artist or group will receive a unique ticket link and they will receive 50% of 1/2 of the ticket price attributed to their ticket link. The other half will go into the general artist fund. We think this is the most democratic way of handling sales and promotions attributed to each artist or group. Also for groups that have more than one member, we will explore giving them more shares for larger installations built by more than one person. This seems to make sense for installations that say are a single artist who provides a mural and a team of 4 people that install something larger or more complex. All artists and groups will receive one unique ticket link for their promotions. We will review the exact payment structure in a community meeting with all the participating artists. All ticketing and economic data will be published post event for all to see.

At one of our previous meetings an artist asked this question: "Are artists required to sell a certain amount of tickets?" The answer is no! We believe organizations that require artists to sell tickets to exhibit are a scam. That being said, this is a project to benefit the community and the participating artists. We do hope that all artists make an effort to publicize the exhibit to their networks. We will help and provide you content.

What is the Event Capacity?

BLOC 15 capacity will be around 500 with all of the art installed. Currently we plan on being open 5 hours per afternoon/evening on the weekdays and 8+ hours per day on the weekends. Our goal is to sell at least 1000 tickets over the 6 days, which would raise $10,000 to be divided among the participating exhibition artists.

Online Platform:

We will have an online exhibition platform for artists to showcase their projects and link to sell additional works beyond what they are showing in the exhibit. Here is a sample site.

Art Sales:

Artists will be responsible for their own sales. We do not take a commission. We will help facilitate any sales requests at the exhibit by directing them to you. We will also have all of your contact info available at your project with a QR code that leads to your project page.

About Local Love

Local Love started in March 2020 as a weekly online exhibition platform to provide community building and emergency Covid funding for Bay Area artists working in any medium. We worked with over 60 artists and groups during 8 weeks of online exhibits, produced a live webcast series with a dozen artists exploring different themes, and also had a gallery to support local organizations. You can view Local Love 1.0 here. Local Love is about coming together as a community and supporting each other. We have a unique profit sharing model with participating artists and an online exhibition platform for artists to accept donations and sell additional works with portions of sales benefiting local organizations. Local Love is coordinated and curated by Justin Young and the team at MUSEPOP.

Spring Festival Exhibit Review

Local Love Online Gallery Photo

Vendor Opportunities:

Each weekend day, we will have space for local fashion or craft vendors outside. The spaces would be provided free of charge with no vendor fee to participate. Vendors will need to be self sufficient. Please email events@musepop.io if you would like to participate in the food or vendor program or explore the button link below for full details and sample vendor gallery.

Vendor Details Page
vendor photo

Sponsor and Partnerships:

Bay Area companies interested in exploring Local Love sponsor or partner opportunities can contact: events@musepop.io Thank you!

Local Love Online Gallery Photo