OPEN CALL 'Sweet Dreams… Are Made of This'

Self Love, Tainted Love, Unrequited Love, Enduring Love, Lens Think & Village are searching for Yorkshire based photographers to showcase their works that interpret love in an exhibition here at Village this February, kindly supported by our print partner Spectrum.

The selected photographers will be showcased in a group show titled 'Sweet Dreams… Are Made of This'  taking place between 14th to 28th February with the selected images being auctioned off to raise money for a Leeds based domestic violence charity, Behind Closed Doors.

Love can be hopeless and nihilistic. Love can be a perpetual state of seeking. Love can be a number of things. We welcome submissions to use the theme as playfully as possible. We are looking for love in all forms, from people of all backgrounds and experience are welcome to submit. 

Final images will be chosen by Lens Think's Joanne Coates, Guest judge Natasha Caurna & us here at Village.

DEADLINE 30th January 2020

GUIDELINES: (please read carefully.)

1. Please submit your 50-75 word bio, statement, and any other info you think we should know (social media, website) to

2. Email up to three (3) JPGs (sRGB color profile works best.) 300 DPI with "LOVE Submission" in the subject line and each image titled with your name and the title of the image (i.e. Glenn_Warhol_love_01)

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT submit zipped folders of images & please do NOT watermark your images. We can’t print them with a watermark, but we will credit you if we share.

FEE: None. It’s not a competition, it’s a showcase, we want to see your work. The prints will be free courtesy of Spectrum, with the conditions of them being auctioned with all money raised going towards Behind Closed Doors.

We will announce the selected photographers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feed and through Lens Think's mailing list.

Join us on the 13th February for the opening of 'Sweet Dreams… Are Made of This' & a talk from Natasha Caruna.

Image credit: Natasha Caruana from the series ‘The Other Woman’.


Joanne Coates is a working class documentary storyteller who uses the medium of photography. Based in the North of England. She is interested in modes of production, rurality, working life and class inequality. Her practice is as much about process, participation and working with communities, this is rooted in what she learned as a DIY zine organiser, carer and someone on the margins. After studying at The London College of Communication Coates left the capital to focus on her work's key themes Northern culture in rural places and working class life. Her approach to photography is democratic and poetic.

Natasha Caruana is a London-based artist working across photography, moving image and installation. Caruana has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work begins autobiographically, exploring narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy, underpinned by a performative and playful approach. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal accounts. The series Married Man breaks with traditional portrayals of infidelity, whilst later works grapple with the institution of marriage - its promise and defeat. She is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the Arts London.