CALL for ARTIST 2018 fragment / unit

In 2018 CHEAP is issuing its sixth CALL for ARTISTS, targeting not only street artists but anyone involved in graphic design, photography, illustration and visual art more generally. The pieces applicants send in a digital format will be printed and pasted up on the CHEAP On Board circuit of bulletin boards in downtown Bologna.

For CHEAP, this open call has always represented a key element of its identity: it enables the hybridization of languages, breaks down geographical borders, launches a collective discussion, investigates contemporary issues from the bottom up and seeks to reassemble individual statements into a collective narrative.

This time, the challenge we pose for you is FRAGMENT/UNIT, part and whole, drop and ocean.

Just like every one of your individual posters is a fragment of the collective narrative that is unity.

But also like our societies, increasingly broken down into individual fragments of social, cultural and economic atomization. Parceled out in a process we experience as a limit with the power to erect borders and ignite conflicts, a limit with the power to position individual subjectivities in opposition and transform them into elements just waiting to collide, poles brimming with negative tension, receptacles of violence, opportunities for nihilism. Individualism, populism, standardization and isolation – these seem to represent the most immediate and obvious responses.

CHEAP challenges you all to overcome this fragmentation and imagine new scenes of re-composition: defragmented, reassembled and reconstituted, granting us access to new complex systems.

Show us what it means to be single in a plural setting, experience yourselves as atoms inside a different kind of matter, make room for the possibility of being different but equal, establish whether the whole really is more than the sum of its parts.

Imagine disrupting your systems, refusing to be linear; imagine emerging as a collectivity, being able to organize yourselves – and embody complexity .

Set off from your own biography to sketch the plot of new collective stories. Think of yourselves as flocks and describe the aesthetics of flight. Cast yourselves as bacteria and experience the virality of the new colony. Show us that you have to be drops if you want to be the ocean.


The call is open to anyone who would like to propose a poster art project. It is free to participate and applicants can take part individually or as a group; collectives will be treated as individual persons.


Each individual or group may propose up to three projects, which must be received by the Festival organizers no later than midnight (Italian time) on May the 7th, 2018. The artwork must be inserted (together with a completed and signed Registration Form, which can be downloaded from the website in a folder with the name of the individual artist or collective. The folder should be sent to using regular email or a file sharing program.

If you use an artist name, please indicate it on the registration form and in the name of the folder.


The pieces can be created using any of the following techniques: vector graphics, illustration, photography and/or collage. Each applicant is welcome to send up to 3 posters (pieces). The posters must be exclusively in black and white (including the entire grey scale). All files must be in .pdf or .jpg format. The poster must be a maximum of 70×100 cm (vertical) or 100×70 cm (horizontal) with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Each file must be named as follows: number of the image, name of the artist, measurements.

01_mario_rossi_70x100 (for vertical formats)
01_mario_rossi_100x70 (for horizontal formats)


To help you, there is a folder (PSD_POSTER) you can download from the website containing two files that are already sized 70x100cm and 100x70cm, in .psd format.

USE THESE TWO FILES AS TEMPLATES for your vertical or horizontal posters.

All you need to do is paste your piece onto the grey layer named IMMAGINE and write your first and last name or artist name in the text layer named NOME/NAME, then save the file as a .pdf or .jpg and name it as indicated above.

These files include a locked layer named CHEAP, please do not delete or cover this layer.


The organizers of CHEAP reserve the right to select pieces that display originality as well as marked aesthetic and communicative qualities.


Any pieces received after the deadline and/or that fail to follow the technical specifications outlined above will be excluded.


The festival will announce which projects have been selected within 20 days of the end of the open call by publishing the names of selected artists in a special section of the site.


The selected projects will be printed at the Festival’s expense and hung up in specific parts of the city of Bologna for the duration of the Festival.


The authors of individual projects are the exclusive holders of ownership rights associated with the artwork, the originality of which they personally vouch for. By participating in the open call, the artists also implicitly agree to the rules of the call, specifically, that the artwork will be temporary displayed in an urban space and used by the organizers to promote the non-profit activities of the CHEAP association.

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