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AMALGAMA invites all Ibero-American Women Artists* to submit entries to our First Annual Open Call Competition launched as part of our ongoing platform dedicated exclusively to exhibiting, promoting and publishing the work of Ibero-American Women Artists internationally. 

We will select 8 artists to be exhibited in London in May 2020. Their work and portfolio will also be published and analysed by selected writers and curators in our second publication. 

This year, we have selected four outstanding jurors: Philippa Adams, Senior Director at the Saatchi Gallery London, working directly on the collection, new acquisitions and commissions; Oliver Basciano, art critic, International Editor at ArtReview and juror of the 2018 Turner Prize; Kiki Mazzucchelli is an independent curator, editor and author of a number of publications focusing on art from Latin America; and Susan McDonald, artist and entrepreneur, member of the Tate acquisition committee of Latin American art.

We are calling artists to submit work in any medium. The 2020 exhibition will focus on notions of nature, bodies and digital media. As today's technology is challenging the way we interact, embody and confront the concepts of nature and culture, we ask artists to propose, question or defend their positions on the following:

  • Can nature still be defined as everything that is not created by human beings?

  • Can we engage with notions of nature without embodying it?

  • How has technology and digital media affected the tension between our bodies, nature and culture?

  • How was digital media affected the dichotomy between nature and nurture within our bodies?

  • Are our bodies still a part of nature or are they determined within a social and political context?

We do not expect you to solve the tension between nature, history and modern technology, but rather to explore and develop it. Your work does not have to address all the subjects together but, it has to incorporate at least two elements to contribute to the theme.


  • *We accept the work of women artists or whoever identifies themselves as women.

  • *Artists should have an Ibero-American heritage: i) born in Central or South America, Mexico, Spain or Portugal, ii) have parents from these countries, iii) lived enough time in these countries that their identity or art practice has been determined by such heritage.

  • Artists’ practice does not have to be based in the UK or Europe. Nevertheless, the work needs to be placed in London by the artist prior to the beginning of the exhibition on 12 May 2020. Amalgama will not cover shipping or transportation costs of the work.

  • Only one work per entry.

  • If you are submitting a series, this is considered one work. We recommend submitting one image which shows the whole series together (ie. The series hanging on a wall) then further images to show the detail. Alternatively, you could create a single document file which is made up of multiple images (ie. Like a collage or tiles)

  • Works previously exhibited and published elsewhere are accepted.

  • Collaborative works are accepted.

  • Works produced within the last three years are preferred, although works made at any time before submission can be entered.

  • There is no size limit, although the size of the work in relation to the exhibition space will be a consideration in the shortlisting process.

  • 8 artists will be selected for the exhibition.

  • If you are selected, you will be asked to supply your artwork for the exhibition in London, UK. Artists selected for the exhibition will be responsible for all transportation (delivery and collection) costs of artworks.

  • Selected artworks should be available for sale during the exhibition. If sold, Amalgama will receive a 30% commission to be reinvested into the nonprofit company for future projects.

  • Selected artists must authorise the use of images of the artwork (and extended portfolio) to be used in promotional material and be included in the book that will be produced as a result of the exhibition.


  • 7 November 2019 – 8 January 2020: Entries open

  • 9 January 2020: Judging begins

  • 29 of January 2020: Shortlist announced

  • 12 May 2020: Exhibition opens.

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Senior Director At The Saatchi Gallery. Since becoming Saatchi Gallery Director, Philippa Adams has become an integral part of the transformation of Britain’s best known and most popular private museum of cutting-edge contemporary art. Working directly on the collection, liaising with artists and galleries on new acquisitions and commissions, she has worked on the Saatchi exhibitions and accompanying publications drawn from the collection, many of which have travelled to major museums and institutions worldwide.

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Writer based in London, International editor for ArtReview magazine since 2010. He regularly contributes to the news, arts and obituary desks of both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. His writing has appeared in the Calvert Journal, Spike Art Quarterly, Building Design, Architects’ Journal, Wallpaper, and he has contributed to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Last Word, as well as the BBC News Channel and Channel 4 News.
Oliver has essays in monographs on Rana Begum, Shezad Dawood, Secundino Hernandez, Idris Khan, John Kørner, Katy Moran and Djordje Ozbolt. He chaired the 2017 Artes Mundi prize jury and is a member of the 2018 Turner Prize jury.



independent curator, editor and writer. Amongst her recent exhibition projects are Flávio de Carvalho (S2 Gallery, London, 2019),  Ivens Machado: The Raw of the World (Pivô, São Paulo, 2016) and Site Santa Fe Biennial (Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2016). She is the author and editor of a number of publications focusing on art from Latin America and recently organised Tonico Lemos Auad’s first monograph (Koenig, 2018) and Marcelo Cidade: Blind Wall (Cobogó, 2016). Since 2017, she has been running the independent project space Kupfer, in London, and has been co-curator (with Cristiana Tejo) of Residência Belojardim, a yearly exhibition programme taking place in the northern state of Pernambuco, Brazil.



Susan's career embraces the worlds of art and business. Her abstract paintings and works on paper are held in various collections around the world; her recent exhibitions include Cycles at URBANEK in London in 2018 and The Poetics of Gesture at the Huerta Gallery in Miami in 2017. She co-founded the venture capital company Calculus Capital in 1999 and serves as Executive Chair of the firm, which recently launched the UK Creative Content Fund in association with the British Film Institute. An art lover and collector, Susan is also a member of the Latin American Acquisition Committee and a founding member of the Latin American Patrons at the Delfina Foundation.

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