Pandemonium: An Tobar's Winter Open Exhibition

Fri 30 Oct - Mon 1 Mar 2021
An Tobar, Tobermory

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Call to Artists


An Tobar's Winter Open Exhibition

30 October 2020 - March 2021

Artists from Mull, Iona and Argyll
are invited to submit New Work using the theme Pandemonium.
Derived from Milton’s term for the capital city of Hell (Pandaemonium) there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the exact meaning or spelling of the modern term Pandemonium.

One definition is: Wild confusion, a place of uproar and chaos.

I’ve chosen Pandemonium as the title for 2020’s open exhibition at An Tobar because it seems to encompass the notion of uproar and confusion, hinting at the idea of the pandemic and the distress and disruption that it has caused.

One of the most bizarre aspects of the situation has been the way in which we are presented with events being played out on screens, whilst we are contained in our own little Zoom cells, exacerbating a sense of helplessness.

The mass media has spent much of the time reflecting on the darker side of the events of the year. In reality, people from all walks of life have accomplished amazing things in 2020, despite the continuing and increasing pressure.

For an artist there is much to consider in these “interesting times”. Here are some quotations that seem relevant:

“Art is the highest form of hope, it is what brings us together.” Gerhard Richter.

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.” Dorothy Tanning.

“We’re never gonna survive unless we go a little crazy.” Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel aka Seal.

This exhibition will be our raft, its name will be Pandemonium. (Mike Darling)


The theme Pandemonium is open to free interpretation by the artist. Entries are welcomed from artists and craftspeople from Mull and Iona, Argyll and Bute and exhibitors at An Tobar. Work in a variety of media is acceptable including: painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, film, digital and electronic media.

The gallery will be closed between the 16th and the 30th of October. There will be an extended period for the delivery of work. The aim is to avoid people coming in contact with each other more than necessary. The delivery days will be 17th to the 23rd October. I’ll be asking artists to get in touch with me first to arrange a drop off time.

The exhibition will be open by appointment. This will inevitably reduce the number of visitors, so I’ll be putting together an online exhibition to display the work.

Applications to submit work will have to be made online. I’ll ask that artists submit a digital image of their work prior to delivery, this will be used for the online exhibition.


Please see our conditions of entry page for more information.
(This information and submission forms will be available from the 12th of September 2020 from this page)