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KUNSTHUIS Call for Artists 2019 - 'Positive Emotions'

Open calls | 06 December 2018 - 01 February 2019

We, as humans, have always faced uncertainty engaging with life and a resultant complex set of mechanisms have developed to help us navigate through this. Our emotional engagement with life is a powerful source of motivation, conscious or unconscious. Leaving aside the academic debates that underpin these concepts Kunsthuis Gallery, would like to focus on the idea of positive emotions as the theme for our next exhibition. In particular, they invite artists to produce work inspired by the ideas of Barbara Fredrickson’s groundbreaking Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions. She says the ‘point’ of positive emotions is to open our minds, broaden and expand awareness, and facilitate the building and development of resources including knowledge, skills, abilities and relationships. For example, ‘joy sparks the urge to play, interest sparks the urge to explore, contentment the urge to savour and integrate, and love sparks a recurring cycle of each of these urges within a safe, close relationships.’

The gallery feels that hand in hand with this idea is that of resilience, the building and layering of positive responses that can also refer to the materials chosen to be used in the production of works of art. And colour looms large here as a powerful source of the expression of feelings.


Deadline 1st February 2019


At KUNSTHUIS, our aim is to curate an exciting exhibition of saleable work in the mediums of photography, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles, glass, collage, music (cd), poetry (printed collection), digital and jewellery. We want to encourage conversations, increase knowledge transfer and provide visual delights for our audiences in order to share and spread positive emotions through inspirational authentic works of art.

As curators of this show, we believe the arts has a role and a responsibility to encourage the transformational thinking required to move us away from the negative emotions we are confronted with daily, albeit it close to home or on a global scale.



If you are interested in submitting work for this spectacular 6 month show, Kunsthuis Gallery would like to receive a maximum of 3 pieces and up to 3 digital images of your selected artworks in high resolution format. You can choose the number of works you would like to submit 1 piece, 2 pieces or indeed 3. Please note if you are submitting a collection of Jewellery or a collection of small sized Ceramics, we allow a collection of up to 10 pieces.