Expired: Open call: artist-run art fair: SUPERMARKET 2022

15.11.21 | Opslagstavle
NB: There is a fee to participate

Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair is an international artist-run art fair that provides a showcase of artists’ initiatives from all over the world. Supermarket’s aim is to display unique projects and ideas, create opportunities for new networks on Swedish and international art scene, and share the passion and vitality that are present in the independent the art world.

Supermarket has been arranged in Stockholm since 2007 by a small group of organisers most of whom are artists themselves. It is a development of Minimarket, which was held at Konstnärshuset (‘the artists’ house’) in 2006 in reaction to a new commercial art fair Market. The project has rapidly evolved from a modest group of local initiatives to an international art fair that has made its mark and helped firmly establish Stockholm on the art world map. Over the years it has featured exhibitors from more than 60 countries, all part of a growing international trend of artist-run galleries, project spaces, artist collectives and other artists’ initiatives

Supermarket is not just a regular art fair. In parallel to the main exhibition we have the Supermarket Talks & Performance programme, the Professional Networking Participants programme, Supermarket Meetings, Supermarket Forum and our internationally distributed Supermarket Art Magazine.

Applications: The applications to Supermarket 2022 are currently open. You can apply until 26 November 2021.

The costs of participation in Supermarket 2022 range from SEK 4375 to SEK 7500 including VAT. We have chosen to keep the participation fee at a low level in order to include interesting exhibitors who work on a not-for-profit basis and/or are unestablished.

Who can apply?

Any artist-run galleries that regularly stage public exhibitions in their own exhibition spaces and other artists’ initiatives that arrange exhibitions, projects or events with invited artists can apply to exhibit at Supermarket. Individual artists or artists’ groups founded only for applying to Supermarket will not be accepted. Each year we exhibit artist-run initiatives from more than twenty-five countries around the world.

Is it possible to choose from different sizes of exhibition booths? 

Yes, there are three options that you can choose from:

Large exhibition stand (approx. 12–13 sqm, for example 2×6 m or 2.5×5 m)

Small exhibition stand (approx. 6 sqm, for example 2×3 m)

Presentation stand (approx 2 sqm, for example 1×2 m)

You will be able to find the prices for the stands during the application process on our website. (See below ‘How do I apply?)

How do I apply? 

You apply online right here on our website. The application is done in four steps:

  • Sign up for a user account on our website and sign in. If you already have an account, then you only sign in.
  • Fill in the applications details; information about your space/initiative and information about your planned exhibition at Supermarket 2022.
  • Do not forget to enclose additional attachments, e.g. images, videos or other relevant information, since this allows us to make a better selection.
  • Submit your application.

Due to the high number of applications, we ask applicants to be as specific as possible when describing your space/initiative and exhibition proposal. You can apply for an exhibition booth primarily, and to be a PNP (see below) as a second option.

How does the selection process work? 

After the application deadline Supermarket’s project team gathers all the applications and materials and the selection process begins. The assessement period takes several weeks where we go through every application, check that you filled in all the compulsory information, go through your additional materials (images, links, project proposal etc.) and then individually comment on each application. After this there is a group assessement where we make the selection of usually about fifty to seventy galleries.

If you need a preliminary letter of invitation to support your funding application prior to the official announcement of the selected galleries, please contact us as this is possible.

What are the dates for Supermarket 2022? When do the exhibitors need to arrive and leave?

There are slightly different dates for the exhibitors and for the public. The exhibitor dates for Supermarket 2022 are 25–29 May 2022, public dates 256–29 May 2022. Wednesday 25 May is closed to the public, hosting the internal programme for art professionals, Supermarket Forum 2022, and VIP/Professional preview.

As an exhibitor you need to arrive several days in advance to be able to set up your booth and have it ready for the first day of the art fair. Generally we advise the exhibitors to arrive on the Sunday or Monday preceding the opening dates.

I am not part of an artist-run space. Can I apply as an individual?

As an individual you cannot apply as exhibitor but instead you can apply to the Professional Networking Participants programme (PNP). As a PNP you do not exhibit but take part in a special programme of talks, seminars and guided tours. You get invited to the Meetings programme, Exhibitor gatherings, Exhibitor party, Supermarket Forum and have access to the VIP Exhibitor lounge. The participation fee is SEK 2000 including VAT. An organisation can apply for 1–3 persons to participate in the PNP programme. The possibility for two people to share one PNP place can be given by prior arrangement. More information about the programme and previous attendees can be found here.

The applications to PNP at Supermarket 2022 are open until 31 December 2021.
Apply by sending your name, city and country of residence, professional role and your organisation/initiative (if affiliated with any) to pnp@supermarketartfair.com.
Add a short note of what you expect from the programme to help us tailor the experience for you.

For more information get in touch with the PNP coordinator Lucie Gottlieb at lucie@supermarketartfair.com.

I am a performance artist. Can I also take part in Supermarket? 

Yes, Supermarket Talks & Performance programme is just for you. Performance artists, audio-visual artists with a great proposal for an event, guest speakers with a topic to discuss or project to present – you are welcome to apply. More information and digital programme folders from previous editions can be found here.

The applications to Talks & Performance programme at Supermarket 2022 are currently open. (Please note the different date for the applications – not the same date as Exhibitors applications.)

For more information get in touch with the Talks & Performance coordinator Laura Tynan at performance@supermarketartfair.com.
Participating galleries who will show performances in their booth only have to inform us if they want us to include it in a daily programme.

I have many more questions regarding Supermarket and the application process. Who can I contact?

You can get in touch with us with questions by email at info@supermarketartfair.com.

More information here