Open Call group exhibition opportunity

Vague but Exciting ...

12 – 31 March 2019

Vivid Projects is pleased to invite artist proposals to exhibit new or existing works in response to the 30th anniversary of a revolutionary concept: the World Wide Web.

In 1989, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee conceptualised the World Wide Web (WWW) whilst working at CERN. His paper ’Information Management: A Proposal’, noted  as ‘vague but exciting’ by his manager, initially sought to create a distributed information system for scientists. The proposal to use the internet to link one document directly to another expanded to become a universal and free ‘information space’ to share, communicate and collaborate: the World Wide Web.

Berners-Lee’s invention came during a revolutionary wave of successful civil resistance across Europe. Thirty years on, the web’s inventor has called for the fight to create a better web.

This call is open to individuals or groups working across digital art, live performance, experimental audio, film and video, animation and computer-generated art. The proposed work can be online and/or offline. If online only, please consider how it could be translated for exhibition in a physical space. We are interested in seeing work-in-progress and audio/visual experiments in addition to completed works.

The exhibition ‘Vague but Exciting …’ will take place at Vivid Projects, Birmingham in June 2019.


Please send one PDF including:

Your CV – including links to examples of previous work and contact information, maximum 2 A4 pages

Artist statement – detailing the work you are proposing to exhibit (or your project proposal if a new work) maximum 2 A4 pages

Supporting Visual Material – Include up to six images or urls of the work proposed for exhibition


The artist exhibition fee for an existing work is £150 and for a new work, £250. The fee is per work, therefore in the case of collaborating artists, will be shared.

Support offered

Successful proposals will receive tailored support based on their individual needs including presentation, access to technical equipment and advice.

Vivid Projects has access to equipment including video projectors, audio equipment, lighting, and more. Requests for equipment should be detailed in the proposal. Where possible we will accommodate the needs of each artist. Where equipment is not available from us we will aid you in finding other sources.

Send applications to: with the subject line ‘Web 30”.

Application deadline: midnight Sunday 31 March 2019


Featured images: Do Not Power Down, Keith Dodds, after Tim Berners Lee. Kate Pemberton, part of Vivid Projects, Dirty New Media, 2013. Photo by Pete Ashton

Do Not Power Down note, Keith Dodds after Tim Berners Lee Vivid Projects, Dirty New Media, 2013