Syn Festival Edinburgh invites artists to participate in the new ‘Utopias’ Exhibition, that will take place at Upper Church at Summerhall from 22 March – 5 April 2019.

Deadline: 4 February 2019, 12 noon

Submission Form

• Open to visual artists at any stage of their career working in any media, including painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing, video, mixed and digital media.
• Open to artists living anywhere in Scotland.

How to Apply
• Artists can initially submit up to 3 works.
• Applicants should download and complete the Submission Form and email it to along with up to 5 images of their work.
• Image files should be submitted as jpegs of no more than 1mb in size, clearly labelled with applicant’ s name, and the title of the artwork/s as the file name . [YOUR NAME _TITLE OF THE ARTWORK]
• Video works should be submitted as links to web hosts such as Vimeo or similar.
• All submitted work must have been created/completed within the last two years.
• Application deadline: 4 February 2019, 12 noon.
• No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.

Guidelines are available for further information.

The exhibition – Current Theme
In 1516, the statesman and poet Thomas More published Utopia, a description of an ideal island nation. A century later, Francis Bacon wrote the novel New Atlantis (1627), a story about an isolated self-providing mythical island, in which the inhabitants “constructed” an ideal society, cutting itself off from the rest of the world. Today, five centuries after More’s vision, the discourse on utopia seems more pertinent than ever and concerns almost every aspect of public life. Undoubtedly, in Britain, the 2016 referendum brought the political rhetoric of utopia back to the surface, dividing collective consciousness in a catholic manner. On the one hand, the majority (going by the result at least) regarded Brexit as an opportunity to attain utopia and envisaged the UK as an isolated island which would burst forth in growth, fuelled exclusively by its own resources. For others, Brexit’s utopia constitutes an absolute dystopia and lays the ground for a dreary reality in which polyphony is forbidden and multiculturality is condemned.

For further information please contact Glyka Penna at or visit