Upcoming Exhibit:

June 15-20, 2021 | BLOC15 Oakland

BLOC15 - 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
Bloc15 Interior Photo

Call for Artists

The festival exhibition programs 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 only other requirement is that this will be a touch-less exhibit for Covid safety. The Bay Area is defined as these nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. To review the venues: BLOC15 Venue

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:

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 for Oakland Exhibit.
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:

June 13-14 (Install) June 15-20, 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 in-person exhibit the payment structure is as follows:

Tickets will be $20 for the Oakland exhibit.

1/3 of all ticket sales go to the participating 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.
1/3 goes to the production costs, event staffing, promotions, installation, general liability insurance, and web development.
1/3 goes to the venue.

How the Payment Structure Works:

For each ticket sold, 1/3 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 1/3 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?

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.

Online Platform & Sharing the Love:

We will have a new Local Love online exhibition platform for artists to showcase and sell additional works beyond what they are showing in the exhibit. (You can view Local Love 1.0 here). You are not required to use this system to sell additional works, but we will be featuring all artists on this platform to further promote the exhibit. We will gladly link to your existing online gallery if you have one.

We do ask that all artists choose a local non-profit organization and commit to donating at least 10% of anything sold on the platform to the organization of their choice. This will help further spread the Local Love and we will also help you promote your benefitting organization. The Local Love platform will take 5.5% of anything sold on the platform as a fee for organizing each online artist gallery. The credit card processing fees are 3% and we are using Stripe as our payment platform. This means that artists will receive 81.5% of sales on the online exhibit platform. Your artist pages will also have a direct donation link and you will get 100% of any donations made to you by patrons.

We will encourage patrons to make donations and sales to individual artists and groups during the exhibition and everyone will get a QR code next to their installations for a quick and touch-less way to explore additional works per artist.

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 sell additional works and accept donations from patrons.

Local Love Online Gallery Photo

Vendor Opportunities:

Each event day we will have a space for a local food truck, and we will have spots for local fashion or craft vendors outside in the gated area during friday and weekend days. The spaces would be provided free of charge with no vendor fee to participate. For the food vendors, we will be providing all of the compostable food items, plates, cups and utensils. 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
Terra Gallery Exterior 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