Call for Entries: New Directions 2012, Wall Space Gallery Santa Barbara

General Information
The submission period for our sixth annual juried show – New Directions 2012 will be open from 1 October 2011 until 5 November 2011.

New Directions seeks to discover new talent in the world of photography. Past shows have included the works of now gallery artists Joseph O. Holmes, Priya Kambli and Joelle Jensen. Each year emerging artists have an opportunity to have their work seen by a nationally recognized figure in the field of photography. From these entries a cohesive show emerges for display at wall space in January. This year we are excited to have the opportunity to show New Directions in our gallery in Santa Barbara and we are pleased to have a second exhibition in Seattle.

All submissions for this exhibition are considered for gallery representation by both wall space and KlompChing Gallery. wall space directors and associates will review the work; however, the gallery’s review will not affect the outcome of the selection process.

Debra Klomp Ching, Klomp Ching Gallery, New York, NY

Debra Klomp Ching is the owner and director of the Klompching Gallery in New York, founded in 2007 in partnership with Darren Ching. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of Pavilion (UK), served as an Officer at the Arts Council of England and was a lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Coventry (UK) and history of photography at Derby University (UK).

Her experience in the photography industry spans more than two decades, during which time she has participated in several notable photography review festivals, panel presentations and conferences, curated photography exhibitions in Europe, Canada and the US, juried several photography awards and contributed to both online and print publications on the subject of photography. She is an international adviser to the Executive Director of CENTER (Santa Fe) an adviser to the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins) and a photo editor for At Length Mag.

Debra Klomp Ching has a BA(Hons) in Photographic Studies, an MA in Critical History and Theory of Photography, a PG Diploma in New Media Management and has attended graduate studies in Curating.

Prospectus for New Directions 2012

Crossing Territories / Arte Factum

There are broadly two ways in which to consider the nature of the photograph; the photograph as phenomena (the object itself and its construction) and the photograph’s social/subjective intersection (how it is perceived, encountered and used). Of course, neither can be totally divorced from the other.

Contemporary photographers are demonstrating an impressive and imaginative use of photography’s new tools, facilitating them to push photography to its very limits, whilst maintaining the integrity of the photograph itself. This is what I’m looking for when curating New Directions 2012.

The methodologies of physical production are arguably as vast as the visual strategies being employed. There are some trends being witnessed that include—but are not limited to—physical re-appropriation, complex combinations of manipulation (assemblage, selective focal point, merging of analogue and digital, intervention through figuring), as well as a return to the seemingly ‘straight/pure’ photograph.

Non-exhaustive list of photographers that inspire the above viewpoint include:

Michael Wolf, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Marc Baruth, Paolo Ventura, Doug Keyes, Helen Sear, Andreas Gefeller, Myoung Ho Lee, Maria Antonietta Mameli, Beth Dow, Curtis Mann, Chris McCaw, Dong Yoon Kim, Mari Mahr, Matthew Baum, Sohei Nishono, Edith Maybin, Desiree Dolron

I’m looking for a solid marriage between form and content. Ensure that your accompanying statement is succinct and clearly states how the method of construction is coupled with your concept.

Important Dates

Open Submission period – 1 October 2011 – 5 November 2011

Artists notified – 28 November 2011

Selected prints due to wall space gallery – 2 January 2012

wall space | Santa Barbara exhibition – 4 January – 29 January 2012

wall space | Seattle exhibition – 8 February – 4 March 2012


Entries will be accepted from the United States and Internationally.

Your entry (via mail with CD or on-line) must reach the Santa Barbara gallery by 5 November 2011

A maximum of 5 images may be submitted

Traditional or Digital Images may be submitted

Submission fee is $45USD. If mailing entry, enclose payment. On-line entries can use google checkout or paypal to pay.

Image selections will be made and artists notified 28 November 2011.

Selected images must be delivered to the gallery framed and ready for exhibition after 1 December, 2011 and before 2 January, 2012.

wall space reserves the right to edit images for poor quality printing or framing.

On-line entries must be optimized for screen view (72ppi). Maximum dimensions 765px x 595px. Maximum file size: 350KB.