Open Call for submissions: What's That Thing?

The first AF/RCA Late is seeking contributions from individuals or groups interested in questioning public art and civic space through installations and performance

On Thursday the 23rd of March, The Architecture Foundation and Royal College of Art are creating What's That Thing? a late night event exploring bad and brilliant public art in partnership with the Spectator Magazine. This free event will bring together artists, art critics, comissioners, curators and the public for an evening of thinking and drinking in and around the RCA's famous Senior Common Room.

We are seeking contributions from artists, students, indiviudals and collectives who are interested in the subject of public art (including art which hijacks, occupies or performs within public space) and would like to exhibit at this one-off extravaganza. We are especially interested in the subject of bad public art – whether unpopular, ugly, confusing or otherwise perceived to be flawed.

The open call invites, but is not limited to: live performances, film, sculpture and projects addressing the civic realm. The RCA has various spaces and services available to make use of depending on the requirements of your proposal.

Submissions should sent by email to programme curators, Ellie Connolly and Ellie Howard at including your name, a paragraph of explanatory text about your proposal and some attached images where necessary. The deadline for submissions is Thursday the 9th of March at midnight. 

An full abstract framing the event is on the event's main homepage.


Image: Into the Glorious Wildness by Lucy Gregory