#Unload: Pick Up the Pieces
A collaboration with Artspace and Unload Foundation
October 11 – November 11
#Unload: Pick Up the Pieces, an unjuried, inclusive, community-driven exhibition at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, explores issues surrounding gun control laws and the impact of guns on society. The show aims to raise questions regarding violence, safety, gender, equality, and the influence of media on violence and mental health stigmas.
Artists from diverse backgrounds and working across media will create material-driven and conceptually-charged works either from decommissioned gun parts from a Hartford buy-back program or works inspired by the theme. The gun parts can be selected from the Knolling Performance taking place at Artspace, July 12. The artwork can manifest in any medium, including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations, performance, and writing. The requirement is that the artwork reflects our culture’s divided attitudes towards gun control, gun safety, gun reform, the constitutional right to bear arms, as well as recent events relating to gun use, ownership, safety, and violence.
The exhibition will be a highlight of Artspace’s 20th annual City-Wide Open Studios festival. Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is no cost to be a part of this show, and artists and collectives and of all ages are encouraged to apply.
The exhibition, which runs from October 11 to November 11, will be complemented by artist talks, panel discussions, presentations by political candidates and other community notables and a voters registration table leading up to November 6 elections.
Two receptions will take place that are free and open to the public. The opening reception is Thursday, October 11 from 5–8 pm and the closing reception is Sunday, November 11, 1–3 pm.
Important Dates and Times
- Knolling Performance at Artspace :
July 12, 4:30–6:30 pm. Register here.
- Deadline for Application to Exhibit : Wednesday, October 2, 11:59 pm
- Artwork Drop-offs : Tuesday/Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 12–4 pm; Thursday, October 4, 5–8 pm
- Opening Reception : Thursday, October 11, 5–8 pm
- Closing Party : November 11, 1–3 pm
- Artwork Pick-ups : November 11, 3–5 pm and November 12, 12–4 pm
The requirement to be included in #Unload: Pick Up the Pieces is that the artwork you create reflects our culture’s divided attitudes towards gun control, gun safety, gun reform, the constitutional right to bear arms, as well as recent events relating to gun use, ownership, safety, and violence.
Your artwork can manifest in any medium, including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations, performance, and writing. Submitted work may or may not include gun parts from the Knolling Performance taking place at Artspace, July 12, 4:30–6:30 pm.
Artists may submit up to two works.
Fill out the on-line Application to Exhibit at right and submit the following:
- A high-quality, high-resolution jpg for each submission
- Your bio/resume
ECoCA will be publishing a catalog of the exhibition and information will be forthcoming.
Ely Center of Contemporary Art @ John Slade Ely House Galleries
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Application to Exhibit
We encourage you to register and attend the Knolling Performance at Artspace on July 12 here to select a decommissioned gun part to transform into an artwork.
Proceeds from the sale of artworks sold during #Unload: Pick Up the Pieces will be 70% artist/30% gallery. In addition, 6.35% of sales for Connecticut Sales Tax will be collected.
All work must be dropped off on the dates indicated above. We are unable to ship artwork.