126 Artist-Run Gallery invite submissions of works in any medium by artists within our membership for the 10th Annual 126 members’ show, which will be held in both 126 Gallery in Galway and The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum, USA. This open call is particularly exciting as we will also offer one of our members a month-long residency opportunity at WCU in October of this year.

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BACKGROUND: Our annual member’s show celebrates our members, without whom we could not operate. The 126 team are delighted to offer our membership the chance to exhibit internationally in an award winning the architecturally designed centre. The museum is known for its strong academic and contemporary art exhibition program. Its mission is to serve as a cultural catalyst, showcasing innovation. The facility, situated in the lush Cullowhee Valley, the site of several early Cherokee settlements, features numerous Cherokee inspired design elements and Bilingual signage throughout the facility. ‘It uses English and the Cherokee syllabary, developed in 1809 by Sequoyah to give his people their first written language´. Galway (aka The ‘City of Tribes’) is also known for its scenery and history and ‘Tribes’ and was designated Ireland’s first Bilingual city in May 2015. As part of 126 Gallery’s wider project, ‘Blow-Ins’, we seek to make connections through collaborative efforts and will be exhibiting WCU members’ show in 126 later this year as well as paying host to one of their artists for a residency at the gallery.

DETAILS: This year ‘innovation’ will be the basis for selection: some of the most respected artists in history were innovators and through developing new techniques and new styles, they were able to enhance art by making the expression easier, clearer, or more recognizable. The starting point, the ‘brainchild’, is the product of one’s creative effort and this year we simply ask that work is new, experimental, fresh, and innovative with the intention of pushing boundaries within the art world.

From the members selected for Brainchild we will then choose one artist to spend a month-long residency in WCU to develop their ideas further. 126 will cover travel, accommodation, and will offer a small stipend to cover some additional costs. Please specify in your application if the residency is NOT of interest to you (this will not affect your submission).

PROCEDURE: Applications are accepted from artists with active 126 membership. Membership can be purchased/renewed at or contact us at the gallery. To apply: please send a statement of intent (approx 300 words), artist CV, and relevant links/images of your work (up to 10 images), in one PDF to before 5 pm on 15th April 2017. Selected work must be delivered to the gallery on or before the 20th April 2017.