UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. It plans to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City and is calling on all artists to submit work for this exhibition.
The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in the state. The hope is to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life. UpStart believe that the future development of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.
UpStart are asking for submissions to this project from the full range of artistic disciplines. The aim is to receive 500 submissions from writers and visual artists, photographers, painters and graphic designers. These works will be duplicated and 1000 pieces will be printed as election size posters and be erected throughout Dublin city. Works from musicians and film makers are also accepted: these will be hosted and exhibited through the website, which will be launched on the day of the electoral poster campaign.
UpStart is now open for submissions, which will be accepted until the 15th of January. Submission details (please read these carefully) are available on the website, where you will also find information on how you can donate or otherwise help out with the project. There is also an UpStart Facebook page.
UpStart comprises artists and writers from Ireland and abroad and is non-aligned to any political party. It respects and follows Dublin City Council litter regulations and operates within the requirements of Irish law.