Slop was founded in Lockdown 2020 in reaction to the barriers we’ve experienced working in the arts.
Firstly, we wanted to address the elitism and inaccessibility that dominates the artworld: exhibitions are often decided on the education, connections, or privilege of an artist; submission and exhibiting fees act as a massive barrier to people with lower incomes, dictating which voices are platformed and who gains valuable experiences. We believe all workers in the arts should be valued, and their labour respected, so will never charge artists to take part in our projects, and will strive to be open and fair in our working practices.
Secondly, we wanted to challenge what we’re familiar with as ‘rural art’. Having grown up in the countryside, physical access to art was often limited due to isolated locations, lack of transport and information, and economic barriers. Any exhibitions that were available to view were idealised and sanitised by commercial galleries. We want to show the real issues, complexities and lives of artists with rural connections, and provide an opportunity to share the exciting contemporary work that is overlooked.
We're currently working on a volunteer basis (we don't pay ourselves, and we run Slop alongside our other full time jobs) so if you like what we're doing and want us to continue, please consider supporting us by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/SlopProjects.
Contact us via email at slop.projects-at-gmail.com