ALL2016 Callout for Proposals

Click here for ALL2016 Callout in pdf format

Click here for ALL2016 Application Form


Artists from across the UK and beyond working in any media with an interest in art, text and place.


Proposals are invited for this year’s Art Language Location (ALL2016), the fifth festival of art, text and place being staged in locations at Anglia Ruskin University and across Cambridge, punctuating the city with contemporary, exciting and innovative visual encounters. ALL2016 will also include a one-day symposium featuring talks, discussions and performances.


Exhibition: 10 – 29 October 2016.

Symposium: Saturday 15 October 2016 (tbc) 12.00 – 17.00.


Each artist will receive £200, subject to successful grant application.


No charge to apply or to participate.



All work must incorporate some link to language and must be situated in a location appropriate to the work. The link to language may be freely interpreted and may be taken to mean text, speech, lettering or any other verbal or linguistic reference point. The link to location must be relevant and appropriate.

For examples from last year see


Artists are responsible for securing their location and for any costs and liabilities incurred. Artists should specify two potential locations for their work (first and second choice); however, artists are not expected to have secured their location at the time of submission. Organisers will provide support and advice to artists in their search for a location.

For city-wide exhibits: proposals with unusual and original venues from the broad spectrum of opportunities across the city are strongly encouraged. Previous successful locations include libraries, shops, colleges and the Cambridge nuclear bunker.

For ARU campus exhibits: proposals must be able to hold their own in a busy and sometimes visually distracting environment. Available spaces include: corridors, balcony, exhibition space, video bar and courtyard. Artists are encouraged to consider large scale works and interventions. See also below for details of Ruskin Gallery.

Performance Work

Proposals are also invited for performances, talks, workshops, interventions, film and other content for our Symposium.

Public Engagement

ALL is keen to increase its commitment to public engagement and dialogue around the Festival. Proposals are encouraged from artists who wish to include some aspect of public engagement and/or outreach in their work.


Successful applicants will be invited to Cambridge for an ALL Artists day on Saturday 23rd April to discuss ideas further and view locations. Locations must be secured by the end of June.


ALL is delighted to be continuing its partnerships with both Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Cambridge School of Art and Cambridge Festival of Ideas (


£2000 for an artist to produce a significant new artwork on the theme of ‘Language and Light’ to be displayed at an appropriate location in Cambridge. This award is part of the Cambridge Assessment redevelopment project which features a major new public artwork by artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, who will be involved in the selection of this award. Proposals to include budget summary stating how the award will be used to successfully deliver the artwork.

£500 for an artist to work with a researcher at the University of Cambridge to produce a significant new work to be displayed on a University or College site and presented as part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The University can facilitate identifying and meeting with an appropriate researcher if an area or subject of interest is specified. A list of Departments and subjects may be found here:

£500 for an artist to produce an exhibition of work to be displayed in the Ruskin Gallery at ARU. In keeping with the ethos of ALL, the work should specifically respond in some way to some aspect of the gallery, its history and/or location within the art school.


Apply via our application form, or in a single PDF, to include a description of proposed work and 2x preferred locations, plus short Artist Statement (200 words), up to 6 images and web link where applicable. Please state if you would like to be considered for one of the three awards.


Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel chaired by artist and ARU MA Fine Art course leader Dr Veronique Chance consisting of members of the ALL committee, previous ALL artists plus invited independent artists and art professionals.


ALL would love to hear from artists who:

  • provide engaging, innovative and alternative ideas both for the work and its placement
  • create significant interventions that are accessible and visually engaging
  • demonstrate a commitment to work of a high standard
  • have a clear and compelling link between artwork and its location.

Proposals requiring multiple locations are not encouraged due to the additional overheads incurred in gaining multiple permissions.


ALL reserve the right to amend the terms of this Callout and/or the Awards offered without notice in exceptional circumstances. Artists participating in ALL2016 are required to sign an Artists Agreement.


Sandra Martins, ALL Artist Liaison Officer


Sunday 20 March 2016


Robert Good, ALL Festival Director