This is a dedicated site for Bureau’s exhibition We Are All In This Together. ‘Terms & Conditions’ listed below. Submission forms can be downloaded from Bureau’s website www.bureaugallery.com or email the gallery for a copy: info@bureaugallery.com

A curatorial experiment… A gallery gamble… An exhibition determined by you, the artist, and the public… Without agenda or bias, refuting government and funding criteria, and not driven by the market, current taste or trend in contemporary art. Open to all UK artists.

We Are All In This Together is a celebration of both Bureau’s fifth birthday and the current contemporary scene across the UK. It appears prescient in the face of the recent arts cuts, as Bureau extends an invitation to UK based artists to exhibit work at their Manchester gallery. The exhibition aims to feature new and existing works by as many artists as possible, as in a challenging curatorial exercise, Bureau relinquishes control of their curated gallery programme and issues a call out to artists to provide the exhibition content.

We Are All In This Together pays tribute to preeminent curator Walter Hopps’ seminal 36 Hours project at MOTA (The Museum of Temporary Art), Washington, USA in 1978. The concept for 36 Hours was for any artist to take a single work to the gallery, without any chance of rejection or censorship, and Hopps would personally hang the works as they arrived. The show was inclusive, making no distinction between artists or selection of works, the only limitation being a size restriction. Bureau will adhere to this framework in an attempt to explore curatorial models and boundaries, and experiment with exhibition formats, extending the timeframe from 36 hours to 36 days.

Hopps linked his curatorial practice to his earlier studies in natural sciences and bacteriology, making reference to 36 Hours as an innocent response to natural phenomena: “It’s a perception of all the sorts of things one studies in the natural sciences, where you immediately get a vast realm of phenomena thrown out in front of you. I remember when I studied bacteriology, I had a good professor who went out of his way to talk about both bacteriophages and viruses so we might get a better sense of the whole category. Somehow, early on I got used to the idea that these people who were exploring any given subject were constantly pushing out beyond the boundaries, in order to understand what the boundaries were in the first place.” 1 In a similar way Bureau hope to test curatorial practice, gain a wider perception of the current working practices of artists in the UK and identify emergent trends across works.

Through Bureau’s extended duration of the period for submissions from 36 hours to 36 days, it allows for the possibility of a number of different exhibitions to take place and for visitors to make return visits to view the altering dynamics of the gallery space. The exhibition will be documented on a dedicated website, evolving on a daily basis as and when works are delivered to the gallery. This will create shifting dialogues, relationships and tensions between the works as the exhibition expands. As works are added the show will be re-assessed and re-hung, based on both spatial and curatorial decisions and potential emergent themes.

Operating in reverse from the standard exhibition format of fixed works and a preview, We Are All In This Together will open with an empty gallery space. Almost construed as a series of exhibitions, it will culminate in one conclusive hang and exhibition presentation at the ‘final viewing’ and closing party.

We Are All In This Together questions curatorial strategy and whether a cohesive, or series of cohesive exhibitions can be created through an open call for submissions, with no prior knowledge of the works and no selection criteria, and where no work is turned away.


1 Artforum, Interview with Walter Hopps, February 1996




Terms & Conditions:

You must live or be professionally based in the United Kingdom.

You may enter one work only. The work submitted must be of your own origination, and you must hold all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.

The work can be existing or new. Existing works must be executed since 2009.

The work can be in any medium: work on paper, painting, photography, moving image etc.  Please provide moving image works on DVD only.

The work can be framed or unframed but the total size must not exceed 60cm (width) x 60cm (height).

There is a nominal fee for participation of £10 (to contribute to overheads involved).

The submission fee of £10 must be paid either in cash on delivery of the work, or through the PayPal facility available on Bureau’s website: http://www.bureaugallery.com

If posting/couriering work, you must include return postage costs.

You agree to the reproduction of your work
(at no fee) in association with the exhibition, including press, publicity, websites, publications etc. A dedicated website and publication will be produced, including all work.

Work delivered in person, must be delivered during gallery opening hours. If posting/couriering work, please try to arrange delivery during gallery open hours (Wednesday to Saturday).

This submission form, images and CV (and statement) can be included on CD with your work, or emailed directly to info@bureaugallery.com. If emailed please put your name as the email ‘Subject’.

The work is entered at the artist’s risk. The gallery/organisers are not liable for any loss or damage incurred to the work, during transit or the exhibition. The entrant remains entirely responsible for the transportation of the work to and from the gallery. The gallery/organisers will not be liable for any loss or damage, however caused, either in transit to and from the exhibition, or during any period of storage, packing or unpacking, or in any period in which the work may be on their premises or in their keeping. You are advised to take out your own commercial insurance to cover work in transit (two-way), at the gallery, and during the exhibition itself.





(Where return postage/courier costs are included the gallery will endeavor to return the work by this date.)






Exhibition: We Are All In This Together

Artists: The list of participating artists will be publicised throughout the exhibition duration as they are added. A dedicated website will document the exhibition development on a regular basis.

Exhibition Dates: 6th April – 11th June 2011

(Please note: The gallery will be closed on the Bank Holiday Fridays, 22 and 29 April 2011)

Viewing of Final Exhibition / Closing Party: Friday 10th June, 6 – 9pm

Venue: Bureau, 60 Port Street, Manchester. M1 2EQ

Phone: +44 (0) 7757 956555

Email: info@bureaugallery.com

Website: www.bureaugallery.com

Dedicated exhibition website: https://areweallinthistogether.wordpress.com

Gallery Opening Times: Weds to Fri 12 – 6pm, Sat 12 – 5pm. And by appointment.

The gallery is fully accessible.



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