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Local Nonprofit Launches Open Call for Artists as it Marks Opening of Long Island City Waterfront Space

Gotham Point South Tower in Long Island City where Flux Factory has purchased 3,000 square feet of ground floor space (Photo: NYC Housing Connect)

March 23, 2022 By Allie Griffin

A Queens-based arts organization has launched an open call for artists to participate in an inaugural program to mark the opening of its new Long Island City waterfront location.

Flux Factory, a nonprofit headquartered in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City, is seeking artists and mariners to submit proposals for the group’s first exhibition at its new location on the ground floor of the newly-developed 33-story Gotham Point South Tower.

The organization is requesting proposals for its program titled “Going Places, Doing Stuff: Newtown Creek Edition” which, as the title suggests, will extend beyond the physical gallery space into the waters of Newtown Creek and surrounding greenspace.

The nonprofit, which is working with the Gotham Organization on the program, aims to activate the waterway and surrounding area at the crux of the Newtown Creek and East River. The exhibition will run from late spring into summer and will feature an event series of artworks, performances and creative interventions.

The project is a nod to the original 2008 Flux Factory exhibition “Going Places, Doing Stuff” that brought buses full of participants to unknown locations and experiences designed by artists, as well as the group’s 2011 “Sea Worthy” exhibit that featured artist-led excursions through the Gowanus Canal.

Flux Factory is accepting proposals for performances, artworks, itineraries, nautical vessels, historical tours, workshops and other shared experiences for its latest program.

Artists can submit proposals online until April 15 at noon. All accepted applicants will receive a stipend to help them complete their proposal. Stipends range from $200 to $700, depending on the scope of the proposal.

The nonprofit purchased its 3,000 square foot waterfront space last year for an undisclosed amount. The space, called Flux IV, will house both a gallery and artist workshops.

The Gotham Point facility is the organization’s second location. Its headquarters, which it also bought last year, are at 39-31 29th St.

Flux Factory is hosting a virtual information session on its open call today at 6 p.m. Attendees can RSVP here.

Tod Seelie’s “Swimming Cities”, part of Flux’s 2011 exhibition “Sea Worthy”.

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