Flatfile 2022

Flatfile: a file (or group of fields) l that has no internal hierarchy


Flatfiles are large boxes with drawers or shelves that protect artworks from wrinkles, folds, tears, dirt, and smudges.


Artspace New Haven’s exhibition featured in our Flatfile storage. This rolling open call submission is for artists to be selected to show in our flat file exhibition every six months, in conjunction with our Fall and Summer exhibition slots.

Artspace New Haven’s Flatfile, previously a virtual exhibition where physical artwork was stored and hidden away, is reimagined as a physical exhibition space within the gallery, and on view as a permanent exhibition featuring the works of a new group of New Haven artists installed every six months.


  • Artists must be living in New Haven. Artists preferred will have lived in New Haven, for at least 5 years and demonstrate community interaction (please state in your application how you are connected and what you are doing in New Haven! Whether that be through the arts, outreach, or other engagement.)
  • Artwork considerations.
    • 2D works (photographs, paintings, drawings, etc) and sculpture cannot exceed 1” in height, maximum height and width is 29×40 inches
    • Digital media and videos will be displayed on iPads and entire installation should not exceed maximum height and width is 29×40 inches
    • Performance artists are encouraged to apply. Please submit your work as still images in .jpeg format or digital video and it will be considered for the exhibition programming for the duration of the exhibition.

Flatfile Timeline:

  • Submission Deadline: September 1, 2022
  • Notify accepted artists: September 15, 2022
  • Artists Interviews and Flat File install: September 20–30, 2022

There are 10 drawers in the Artspace Flatfile. We will select one artwork from each artist. 70% of Flatfile artists will be made up of bipoc New Haven artists.

All artworks selected will be installed in conjunction with the artist and covered with plexiglass. Selected artists will received a $100 honorarium for their participation. All sales from artwork in the Flatfile exhibition stay with the artist. Artists will be announced and featured on our Flatfile Exhibition web page on the Artspace website.

Artists represented in the first exhibition of the newly reimagined Flatfile program will be announced and celebrated at the Open Source Art Festival: In Common Spaces opening night fundraiser at East Rock Brewing from 6-8PM on October 21, 2022.

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