The Contraband Collection: Open Call

We want to smuggle Bristolian artworks across borders and YOUR participation in an exhibition at the Latch!

The Contraband Collection

TCC is a collection and network that connects bunches of art smugglers transnationally. We are now coming to England digging through Bristolians’ creative grounds.

We want you to help us shape our upcoming exhibition, not just by contributing your artwork, but also your ideas on alternative ways to exhibit and engage with audiences. We encourage emerging artists, working in any discipline to apply! You should be based in Bristol, available for a few days in July/August and open to collaborating.

TCC is building a transnational network, to facilitate creators across borders. So far featuring work from Austrian and Argentinian artists. Our aim is to expand our online and physical collection by including different voices, practices and artistic expressions, relevant to the spatial context.

Selected works will be shown in an exhibition hosted by Latch, an artist run studio and event space near Old Market. Over the course of a month selected artists will be co-creating the event through meetings, workshops and have the chance to collaborate and engage with our existing collection.  Details will be elaborated with the final participants.

Ultimately, we will print an image from one of your chosen works on silk, or save it as a digital file for the traveling Collection. From that point on the artis will be part of TCC's network. It connects different artists across borders and helps putting artwork out into different spatial contexts.


Show us what you do or simply tell us about your practice.

Send us a portfolio, website, text, voice message or video introducing your practice.

If you feel like a song, an inspiring article or a stupid youTube video informs your work, put the links in your application. Add a little note on how it connects to your artistic practice.

Send us a weTransfer link to

Remember to put in your contact details!

Deadline Friday 12 July 2019 


Come to our information event on the 1 July 2019, 6pm at the Latch.  We are going to introduce TCC and our plans for this upcoming exhibition. There you have the chance to ask us questions or directly apply with your work in person.

Old Malt House
Little Ann Street

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