Open Call: The Shock of Victory Forum

  • CCA 350 Sauchiehall St Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom

The Centre for Contemporary Arts is currently seeking proposals from artists, curators, writers, filmmakers and political activists based in Scotland who wish to publicly explore ideas in a dedicated forum space within the galleries during The Shock of Victory (19 September – 1 November).

The Shock of Victory is a curated programme consisting of an exhibition, symposium and digital publication conceived and produced by CCA. Taking place exactly one year after the Scottish Independence Referendum of 18 September 2014, the project speculates on possible artistic approaches, techniques and motivations in a post-referendum reality in Scotland and beyond.

The forum hopes to become an active space enabling speculation as to what the 2014 Referendum means, not strictly as a political moment but also as a shift within the practice of artists, curators, writers, activists, organisations and individuals. It offers the opportunity not only to express and reflect on what happened, but also to contribute to new and as yet non-existing forms and ideas around the role that artistic work can play in proximity and response to, as well as in the imagination of, a political reality.

The forum can become a space for expression, but also hopes to make relevant historical, archival links to other examples around the world, to challenge curatorial and funding realities and to produce statements, performative acts and uncertainty on how independent we really might be or become.

We seek proposals that align with the notion of a forum as an open place to speak from and within, which adhere to the objectives below. We will not be considering static presentations of work or one-way expressions or political rhetoric which do not provide the opportunity for audiences to question them.

Examples of activities include:
Film screenings
Open discussion groups, debates and reading groups
Public meetings of organisations/agencies
Writing sessions

To provide a public working space that has a close relation to the exhibition, functioning as an active resource space
To provide the opportunity to share investigations and concerns with the public and peers for feedback
To provide networking opportunities with other users of the building, including artists, cultural tenants and CCA curatorial staff
To trace artistic and non-artistic production

CCA can offer content, technical and infrastructural support, and promotion through CCA's channels. There is a small budget available, to a maximum of £250, for fees which will be discussed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the need of the proposals.


Dates available range from one day/evening to maximum of one week per proposal, during the six weeks of The Shock of Victory (19 September – 1 November 2015).

Closing date: 17 August 2015

Email submissions to Catherine