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The SXSW Art Program’s Open Call is Accepting Applications!


The SXSW Art Program’s Open Call is Accepting Applications!
All images courtesy of SXSW

Most of us know SXSW (pronounced South by Southwest) as a multi-faceted festival that brings together music, film, comedy conferences, and even gaming. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW has been known for celebrating creatives across many genres of the arts and culture. Every year, celebrities, artists, and people from all walks of life flock to Austin to engage in topics on climate and social action, discuss the future of creative industries, participate in gaming expos, and dance around to the great headlining acts at their music festival. Taking place over the course of two weeks in March 2020, there is truly something for everyone at this incredibly well-rounded event. 

The SXSW Art Program goes the step further for visual artists, connecting them to leaders in other fields such as music, film, and technology. They seek to showcase experiential and conceptual visual artworks, sparking discussion, discovery, inspiration, and connection through immersive environments. 

The SXSW Art Program’s open call is now accepting applications! Selected creatives will have their works exhibited at SXSW Austin in 2020. Studios, designers, collectives and individual artists are all eligible. Works that are at the intersection of art and technology and create an experience through immersion or social engagement will be considered, regardless of medium or concept. 

Artist Ronen Sharabani stands with his SXSW Art Program installation, Conductors and Resistance, at SXSW 2018. 

To qualify for the SXSW Art Program, applicants must: 

  • Have fully completed an application via the SXSW Cart
  • Produce an installation that fits within one of the designated SXSW Art Locations:
    • Indoor - 20’ x 20’ 9”
    • Outdoor - 20’ x 20’
  • Provide a visual representation of the installation
  • Provide a detailed budget breakdown
  • Take all basic safety considerations into account — no flames or flammable materials/gases, dangerous materials. 

An internal SXSW team will review each application and a group of finalists will be selected. Finalists will be reviewed by the SXSW Art Program Advisory Board, who will select the final participants. All applicants will be informed of their status by January 2020. 

For the most up to date information, visit the SXSW Art Program page.
To find out more about how you can apply for the SXSW Art Program, click here

Take a look at these eclectic and immersive works previously selected by the SXSW Art Program: 

The Future of Secrets by Sarah Newman

Optica Obscura by Raum Industries

TRIPH by Circus Family

Infinity Room by Refik Anadol

ANIMA by Nick Verstand


Semeion by Circuit Circus


For more information on the SXSW Art Program, click here

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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