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Self, Isolated

Self, Isolated is an open call-out for you to create & submit a portrait of yourself during the lockdown period.

Deadline for submissions now closed

To find out details & book a slot for our physical exhibition at The GAP, click here

To view our digital exhibition, visit our social media platforms (click icons at top of page)

Artworks can make use of any visual art medium (painting, drawing, collage, digital art, photography, etc) and we encourage you to imaginatively interpret the task in the way that speaks most to you and your experience. All ages and artistic abilities welcome!

All submitted artworks will be shared online through our social media channels over the coming months. Our hope is to build up a large collection of self-portraits -  diverse in their artistic style, medium and content and representing a wide range of different experiences, ages and backgrounds. 


Eventually these isolated self-portraits will be displayed together as a collective in a physical exhibition at The GAP (once re-opened), bringing audiences together to reflect upon our collective experiences of the times we’re living through and the power of the self-portrait as a means of artistic expression.

Interested but not sure where to begin? To launch the project, we’ve commissioned five young Birmingham-based artists to each create their own self-portrait. Our hope is that these examples will encourage you to think imaginatively about ways to visually represent your experiences during this time, and inspire you to create and submit your own.

Check them out below!


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How do I submit my artwork?

Simply email the following details to

  • Your Name, Age & Location

  • A high quality image of your artwork (ideally as a PNG file)

  • What medium/materials you have used to create your artwork

  • A short description of the artwork (optional)

  • If you’re a professional artist, your website and/or social media handles (optional)

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