Above and Below – Open Call

Part of Devon Open Studios 2022

An open call for new works that respond to the Time and Tide Bell project and their warning about the risks affecting coastal communities. Part of Devon Open Studios 2022: The Time and Tide Bell Project.

The Time and Bell Project was first conceived in 2008 by Marcus Vergette (artist, sculptor, bell-maker) and now includes 7 completed and 6 in progress bells along the UK coastline. The bells are public artworks, gifted to reinforce connections in local communities, between different parts of the country, between the land and the sea, between ourselves and our environment.

The bells, which toll at high tides, remind us of the material and intangible relationships we have with each other and the world around us, and in doing so draw our attention to the fragility of our environment and the impact we inevitably have through our irrevocable connection to it.

As part of Devon Open Studios 2022, we are delighted to host castings and other artefacts from the Time and Tide Bell initiative and to host a programme of performances, readings, and workshops, in partnership with Prof Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter) on a project supported by the UK Climate Resilience Programme and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Alongside this, we are running an open call for new works that respond to the themes celebrated by the bells, as well as their warning about rising sea levels, flooding and coastal erosion:

  • Interconnectedness
  • Our relationship with the sea
  • Coastal communities
  • A fragile world
  • Floods, ruins, erosion
  • Disappearing infrastructure and communities

Artist Brief

Interested applicants are invited to submit works that engage with the core themes of the Time and Tide Bell Project listed above. Qualifying works may include:

  • Individual 2D works for wall display
  • Individual 3D works (sculpture) for plinth/floor/shelf display
  • Works in series (either 2D, 3D or mixed)

Whilst not compulsory, works that additionally reflect on the locality of Torbay, its unique marine environment, seagrass beds, geology and UNESCO Global Geopark status are welcomed.

This is an unpaid, commercial exhibition opportunity. Submissions are juried, entries are free.


There are no strict criteria for submissions other than the remit expressed in the core themes. The venue has a range of display opportunities for traditional 2D and 3D work (i.e. framed paintings or plinth display sculptures).

Applicants proposing larger works, series, or pieces that may require specific or involved installation are encouraged to contact the gallery in advance of making a submission to confirm the viability for the venue. Such applications are welcomed, and the gallery is open to working with artists wishing to submit artworks on this basis.

Full terms and conditions can be viewed here art-hub.co.uk/exhibitorsterms


Applications can be made by submitting the below details:

  • Contact name
  • Contact email
  • Contact number
  • Artist website (if applicable)
  • Artist statement (maximum 250 words)
  • Full artwork description

For each work this should include: Title, dimensions, medium, price, along with further supporting description and details that focuses on specific installation requirements if applicable.

Alongside this, you should submit sufficient images of the work, clearly identifying files as they are titled in your work description.


  • Deadline for entries: midnight 7 August
  • Confirmation of entries: midnight 14 August
  • Start date 10 September
  • End date 16 October
  • Launch date 9 September 6 to 8pm
  • Delivery week 28 August to 4 September
  • Hang week 5 September to 8 September
  • Delivery deadline 4 September 4pm

Opening hours: it may be necessary for our opening hours to adjust between now and the exhibition, but we intend to open weekends and 3 week days (5 days/week) 11am to 4pm


Submissions are free, commission 40% taken on all sales.

Organiser Details

Main Contact: Julie Brandon

Venue Address

Artizan Collective Gallery

Unit 5 Fleet Walk

74 Fleet Street



Local Context
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark

Torbay is a UNESCO designated Global Geopark. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection with all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our Earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the impact of natural disasters.

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark takes in the whole of the unitary authority of Torbay, along with its unique marine environment, recognising 32 geosites that cover 3 geological time periods. As well as being internationally significant, the sites tell a story about unique local heritage and history of the area and map the human connection to the land and sea that has existed for millennia. connected to their environment

To read more about the Geopark, visit here: http://www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk/section_main.cfm?section=101