[Call to Artists] More Than XY: A Visual Tribute to Black Fathers and Positive Male Role Models

Thenublack and the forFATHERS project present MORE THAN XY – an exhibition that will celebrate the role of Fathers and positive role models in the Black community. The organisers of MORE THAN XY are mounting this show to increase the awareness of the fathers who are active parents in their children’s lives and to provide exposure for the artists expressing their views of fatherhood through visuals. The show is their way to challenge the often imbalanced portrayal of black men being absent fathers and negative role models. This exhibition celebrates not only the role of Black Fathers but also to highlight positive black male role models who play an integral part in the lives of young people growing up.

While realizing the importance of the individual voice, More Than XY will also encourage visitors to the exhbition to not only to view the works submitted by the Artists, but to be a part of the exhibition themselves by asking them to bring photographs of their fathers/positive role models to be placed on a message wall where they will also be able to write messages to and about their fathers.

Research shows that reading aloud to children is vital because it helps them acquire the information and skills they need in life. The More Than XY show will therefore include a Storytime section for young children attending the show which will include special guests reading some well loved children’s stories to a small group of children.

The first show will take place in London in June and then move to a gallery space in Brooklyn, NY in August.

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More Than XY




Deadline for submissions: 11th May 2012

Notification of acceptance: 14th May 2012

Exhibition dates: June 17th – 30th 2012

*Selected artists will be responsible for delivering and collecting their artwork. There will also be a £10 fee for chosen artists which will go towards the gallery space and exhibition materials.

+ Accepted forms of media: Graphic Design, Illustration, Paintings, Mixed Media, Photography, Short Essays
+ Up to 4 pieces of work per artist can be submitted
+ Please e-mail of your work (under 4MB or include any web links)
+ Include image title, dimensions, media, and year.

+ Bio (200 words or less)
+ Artist statement – 100 to 150 words (description of how your work ties in with the More Than XY ethos)
+ CV/Resume (optional)

For more information and to submit artworks please email: morethanxy@gmail.com
with ‘More Than XY London Submission’ in the subject title.