Contemporary Figures

All SSA members are invited to submit one piece of figurative work for this online exhibition, which will explore the full range of human experience, emotions and representation. Contemporary Figures, curated by Duncan Robertson and Jenny Pope, with work from invited artist Erlend Tate, is a timely exploration of human connections at a period when we are all missing real “in-person” interactions with friends, family and other artists.


Open call opens: Monday 22 March 2021
Entry deadline: Sunday 18 April 2021, midnight
Selection notification: Friday 30 April 2021
Online exhibition: 21 May – 20 June 2021


You can submit one piece of work via Zealous here 


You must be a member of the Society to be eligible for this opportunity. 
If you’re not yet a member, you can join here

Further Information

  • Each member may submit only one piece of work.
  • All works submitted must be for sale. 
  • There is no size limit but please bear in mind that this work will need to be posted if sold.
  • For ease of delivery and to ensure the work is accurately depicted in the online gallery, the work should not be framed or glazed, if possible.
  • There are no restrictions on discipline or media, but please remember that you will be responsible for sending your work.
  • You must supply one good, clear image of the work, which should be at least 1MB in size. 
  • A short description of no more than 150 words must be submitted alongside the work. This will be used if it is selected for the curated showcase on social media. 
  • Please include the title, dimensions, medium, weight including packaging, and price of the piece in your submission. The weight of the work will be used to estimate the cost of postage. If this is supplied incorrectly, the artist will be responsible for covering any extra costs incurred. 
  • Once notified of a sale, the artist takes responsibility for posting the work to the client promptly.


  • All submitted work must be for sale.
  • There will be a 30% commission charge.
  • It will be assumed that the sale price includes the commission. Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable. If you are VAT registered, please provide a VAT number.
  • The Society will calculate the shipping costs, on top of the sale price, based on the weight supplied by the artist. The artist will be required to post the work directly to the buyer, and to pay the cost of postage initially. The Society will then reimburse this cost to the artist once the buyer has received the work.
  • The Society will not be responsible for any extra costs incurred as a result of the incorrect weight being supplied by the artist.
Image: Erlend Tait, Study Of An Imaginary Friend (detail), oil on Arches oil paper, 38 x 29 cm