RiTUAL. A ceremonial act ~ Rites used in the course of worship ~ The performance of ceremonial acts ~ The prescribed form of conducting the ceremony ~ A method of procedure that is followed without variation ~ performance with gestures, words, and objects, often in a sequestered place.

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prospectus : RiTUAL, single-sheet book show

Open Call: RiTUAL. single sheet book show

Book pickup
We are generally here Fridays + Saturdays 1 – 4pm but email artlife@heavybubble.com when you plan to come so we are expecting you.

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Our third biennial single-sheet book show is an international call.

This is an actual installation of physical books with an online catalog.

The form factor for our show, a single-sheet book, accommodates narrative or depiction of a repetitive acts and experience. We ask you to become mindful of deliberate patterns of activity that make up your days. What are your rituals?

RiTUAL. A ceremonial act ~ The performance of ceremonial acts ~ The prescribed form of conducting a ceremony ~ A method of procedure That is followed without variation ~ Rites used in the course of worship ~ performance with gestures, words, and objects, often in a sequestered place.

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Exhibition Space

Heavy Bubble / @HBHQ

1241 Carpenter Street 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19147


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look back!

browse the 2015 online catalog >

browse 2013 online catalog >


Heavy Bubble takes no commission.

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If you registered but are not able to submit your books for the opening, you can still submit to be included in the remainder of the show. Also, you can submit additional books.

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$15 for 1-3 books. Submit as many as you like!

(4 books would be $30, 9 books would be $45)

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Once your fee is paid we will set you up at heavybubble.com so that you can complete your online catalog entry. (If you decide to submit more books you can pay again later.)

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Our size and format is intended to create a more democratic exhibition to encourage artists, designers, and writers — not just those experienced in book arts. Make your own or collaborate. 

This is how you fold a single sheet book.

1. fold in half.

2. fold in half again.

3. fold in half again.

4. open.

5. fold to cut the center slit.

6. push the ends to the center.

7. fold one cut flap left and one right.

8. fold the top half away from you.

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All books will be handled by gallery visitors. Books should be reasonably durable. Keep this in mind if you are considering adding something vulnerable such as a glued attachment.

We will be hanginging books in bags. Visitors can remove the books for reading.

Do not add endpapers or book boards. We shouldn't have to assemble anything to show your piece. 

8-page format: 11 x 17 folded to 4.25 x 5.5 inches.
Max sheet size is 11 x 17 inches.

Your folded entry cannot be larger than 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

Books must be 8 pages.

Stapling and sewing is permitted but not required.

Digitally-produced work will be accepted.

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This is an OPEN CALL. Submit early. Submit more than one. Not just for artists. Calling poets, writers, designers. You can pay and register any time through November 18, midnight.

The exhibition is not juried, but selected work will be featured. Selected artists invited to future shows 

For each piece choose your price from our established tier.

or NFS

No commission taken.

If possible, include photographs or scans of your book. These images will be used to identify your books and used in the digital catalog. Early submissions may be included in marketing. 

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online catalog

The complete online catalog of the show will be available (and archived).

You are required to complete your online catalog entry by November 25, 2017. This includes information about yourself, your books, and photos of your books.

Once your fee is paid we will set you up at heavybubble.com so that you can complete your online catalog entry.


Early submissions may be used in promotional material!

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fine print

Heavy Bubble can reject any book for any reason, submission fee will be refunded but not shipping costs.

All books will be available for immediate sale unless designated Not for Sale.

You are required to complete your online catalog entry.

Artist is responsible for shipping.

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Books will only be returned if addressed, pre-paid envelope is provided, or they are picked up.

By entering you agree to permit use of your work in promotion, and affirm that you possess copyright of the entire work.  


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