Open Letters 2023 – Open Call

We are excited to announce the continuation of our Open Letters cycle in 2023! Page Not Found now welcomes submissions to Open Letters 2023: an open call for artists and writers in The Hague to occupy our large storefront with messages of urgency and vulnerability. Deadline for submissions: 16 April, 2023!
Please note that only artists and writers who live or work in The Hague are eligible to apply, as this project aims to support our local community.  

Open Letters gives artists room to publicly reflect on the current turbulent times.This project was inspired by Paul Maheke’s short essay ‘The year I stopped making art. Why the art world should assist artists beyond representation; in solidarity.’, published on the 18th of March 2020. In the essay Maheke channels voices of urgency from precarious figures who practice their art without structural support, ranging from the witch to the single parent to those struggling with mental health issues. “The Year I Stopped Making Art.” was the first letter published in our storefront and was followed by five selected proposals by the local artists in 2021.

Open Letters are published in the front window of Page Not Found’s project space using vinyl lettering, which can vary in size, color and font type. However, the execution does not need to stay limited to just that and we invite artists to share their message in additional ways that seem fitting to the cause.

The published work will be given the audience of passersby of the lively Boekhorststraat. Artists will receive a fee of €500 and production will be taken care of by the team of Page Not Found. The next presentation will be  unveiled in June 2023. Each presentation will last four weeks.

Your proposal has to be submitted no later than Sunday 16 April, 2023. Submissions will be reviewed by Page Not Found team and the selected artists/writers will be notified during the second week of May 2023.

Submission Form

This open call is made possible thanks to the generous support by Stroom Den Haag and Gemeente Den Haag.