“We are the leaders we have been waiting for”

Emma Gonzalez
Emma Gonzalez. Photograph by Adler Garfield

Call for submissions: Gnome House is curating an exhibition and cultural event protesting violence against young people. We are seeking submissions from all spectrums of artistic expression.

Venue: Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Road, London E17 6DS

Opening night: Saturday 2nd June 2018, 6-9pm

Artist and curator talk: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 2-4pm

Deadline for submissions: Friday May 11 at 5pm Greenwich Mean Time. (Early submissions encouraged.)

Alex King and D'Angelo McDade
Alex King and D’Angelo McDade. Photograph by Adler Garfield


Gnome House, a community arts centre in London, is actively soliciting art-works and contributions for the exhibition ‘We are the leaders we have been waiting for.’

The exhibition has been inspired by the student activists from Parkland, Florida, who experienced a tragic mass shooting on February 14th 2018 when 17 students and teachers were murdered at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Since then, the student activists from Parkland have become a powerful voice for change in their calls for stricter gun controls in the USA.

This urgent message of the Parkland students resonates further afield.

In the UK, we have strict gun laws – but this is not preventing the murders and violence happening on the streets we live in. This Gnome House exhibition, in the heart of our London community, is an opportunity to advocate for an end to gun and knife violence towards young people – wherever they live.

David Hogg
David Hogg. Photograph by Adler Garfield

The centre-piece of the exhibition will be a series of iconoclastic, large scale portraits by Adler Garfield who photographed the Parkland students speaking at the ‘March for our Lives’ protest in Washington D.C. on March 24th 2018. This event has inspired people all over the USA and further afield to initiate change and to recognise that they themselves, are the leaders they have been waiting for.

To compliment Adler Garfield’s photographs we are calling artists, writers, citizens, family members, activists and students to submit work and ideas to this exhibition. Contributions from people of all ages and all locations are welcome – but in particular, the aim of this exhibition is to give a forum to young people who live with the threat of violence.

This is an open brief. If it is on paper, and if it can be posted, then it will be considered! So think drawings, writing, poetry, photographs, montages, scans, prints, found objects… The curators are looking for quality of content not perfectly presented work. So please communicate and testify and be part of an exhibition that will amplify the voice for change.

Naomi Wadler
Naomi Wadler. Photograph by Adler Garfield


This exhibition will be WORKS ON PAPER ONLY and will be hung using clips. pegs etc.

Work selected for exhibition will not be returned due to time constraints/cost. Gnome House reserves the right to store the work for future exhibitions or to re-cycle responsibly.

This is a two stage process:

1. Submit works via email for selection. Deadline is Friday May 11 at 5pm GMT (early submissions encouraged)

To be considered for selection please send 2 or 3 digital images of your work to submissions@gnomehouse.org.uk

Image size: 72 dpi, no bigger than 1500px on the longest edge. Please do not send files larger than 2MB

Name your image files as follows.

Please send up to 200 words in your email describing your work and motivations. Please indicate the final ‘exhibition size’ of the artwork you are submitting.

If you have an idea that falls outside of the submission criteria then please send a proposal to submissions@gnomehouse.org.uk by 5pm Friday 27th April. Your ideas could be a performance, short film, music…

2. Selection of final works. If selected, you will be informed by end of Tuesday 15th May and asked to post your artwork to Gnome House. All further details will be provided at this stage.

Remember the deadline for submissions is 5pm Greenwich Mean Time on Friday 11 May 2018.

Yolanda Renee King & Jaclyn Corin
Yolanda Renee King & Jaclyn Corin. Photograph by Adler Garfield


What is the largest size of work that will be considered for the exhibition?

The largest artwork that will be accepted for exhibition is A1 which is 594 x 841 mm or 23.4 x 33.1 inches

Is there a fee for submitting?

No, there is no entry/submission fee. This exhibition is being organised and curated by volunteers.

Is there a benefit to submitting early?

Yes, early submissions are encouraged – and will increase the chance of selection.

Why aren’t you returning any of the final artworks?

The ethos of this exhibition is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere to take part at minimal cost. Similarly, Gnome House can only host this exhibition if it is run at minimal cost – which means we won’t be able to return any artworks. If your original artwork is precious – we are happy to exhibit a photocopied, scanned, printed or photographed version!

Can I submit images with explicit or graphic content?

Yes. Artworks with explicit or graphic content will be considered, however, as children will be attending the exhibition we need to be sensitive to the broad audience that attends Gnome House.

Would you consider a contribution that falls outside of the submission criteria?

Yes. If you have an idea that falls outside of the submission criteria then please send a proposal to submissions@gnomehouse.org.uk by 5pm Friday 27th April.

Can I volunteer to help make this exhibition and cultural event happen?

Yes please! If you would like to be a volunteer organiser/curator/producer then please email submissions@gnomehouse.org.uk with a little bit about yourself and the reason you’d like to be involved.

About Gnome House

Gnome House is a volunteer run community art space in Walthamstow, London. As an exhibition space we have a track record of exhibiting internationally recognised artists alongside community-led art organisations and schools. Gnome House opened in 2015 and is home to a 3000 sq ft exhibition space, cafe and world-class print-making studios.

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