Notable exhibits and two great opportunities, Tilt Institute, Prism Arts, Tattooed Mom and Teaching at the End of Times!

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A black and white portrait photograph shows a man and three boys gathered together and smiling while sitting on a stoop in front of their front door.
Renee Maria Osubu, Dear Philadelphia, Father & Sons. Courtesy of Tilt Institute

Dear Philadelphia, Photography of North Philadelphians by Renee Maria Osubu
Tilt Institute
1400 N. American St.
Opening reception – May 9, 2024, 6 – 9 PM
Show runs May 9 – June 29, 2024
The gallery is wheelchair accessible

TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image is proud to present Dear Philadelphia, a love letter to the city’s North Philadelphia community shared through the lens of artist Renee Maria Osubu and the stories told by the people who live in the neighborhood. The photographs and interviews Osubu documented were collected with great care and trust in part to the relationship she developed with the community over many years. Although its focus is specific, the exhibition encourages the audience to reflect upon what home means to them.

Panel Discussion – May 11, 2024
3:00 PM
Renee Maria Osubu – Photographer & Filmmaker
Will Toms – Co Founder of Rec Philly
Mel Wells – President/CEO of One Day at a Time

Renee Maria Osubu is an award-winning British Nigerian photographer and film director from London. She often investigates themes about community, identity, race, and childhood using the nuances of everyday life as her visual language. She is best known for her on-going photography series Dear Philadelphia, which over time became a film marking the relationship she cultivated with a neighborhood in North Philadelphia. Osubu’s exhibition at TILT is a continuation of this project, providing an opportunity for the public to experience new and early artwork from the series woven together with interviews between the artist and community members.

Following its release, Dear Philadelphia was adapted into an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying short film. It had its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and won Best Short Documentary at the Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia that same year. Like much of Osubu’s work, Dear Philadelphia harnesses the power of documentation to frame and normalize the tenderness of Black families, while maintaining a specific focus on fatherhood, a topic that has particular resonance for the artist as she worked through coping with the death of her own father in 2017.

Osubu’s interest in the topic remains present, most notably through her project Fathers & Figures (2021), a collection of photographs that captured multiple facets of Black fatherhood in the daily lives of London residents. It was commissioned by two photo based organizations in the United Kingdom, Leica Camera and 1854, a multi-award winning digital media company. Fathers & Figures was widely exhibited in the United Kingdom and won The Portrait of Britain Award. Osubu’s latest work, Dirt Diamond (2023), is a film set in the 1970’s that grapples with the duality of grief and celebration within the mourning period following the passing of a loved one in Jamaican culture.

On May 11, 2024 at 3:00pm at TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, Osubu will be in conversation with Will Toms – Co Founder of Rec Philly, a creative incubator for artists working in the digital arts, and Mel Wells – President/CEO of One Day at a Time, a residential peer counseling and substance abuse recovery support program located in North Philadelphia. Toms and Wells will share their thoughts about growing up in the neighborhood and what it means to call Philadelphia home.


A poster with brushy yellow and dark blue and black announces an exhibit, Spirit in the Dark, May 3-31 at Prism Arts. The names of the artists are in a column right and in the center are two bright points that are lighter than the rest and are the focal points visually of the poster.Spirit in The Dark
Prism Arts Philadelphia
1021 Hamilton St., 2nd floor (above Love City) Philadelphia, PA 19123
May 3-31, 2024 (Open to the public May 1-9;
by appointment only May 10-31 –

Introducing a new, group art show, Spirit In The Dark, opening this Friday May 3, 2024 at Prism Arts Philadelphia (1021 Hamilton Street). Curated by DJ On Mars, the concept of this show is to remix Aretha Franklin’s song Spirit In The Dark through a multi-sensory experience: sculptures, paintings, collages, prints, books, photographs, moving images, and vinyl records. We are thrilled to invite the community of gallery-goers to a First Friday after-party. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and at 9:00 PM we will kick off a listening session, featuring Aretha Franklin’s song Spirit In the Dark and Ephraim Asili’s record Measuring Time.The show will be installed through the month of May, and it spotlights eight artists with local ties, including Asili (in permanent collection at Whitney Museum Of Art), KEEBS (last show before leaving Philadelphia), Anthony Carlos Molden, Kara Mshinda, Jesse Glockner, Jon Eckel, and Alba Juliao.



Black and white poster with central image of a head and shoulders of someone wearing a balaclava, with poster announcing a wheatpaste show at Tattooed Mom in Philadelphia.

Tattooed Mom announces Open Call – Deadline June 1, 2024
for exhibit ‘Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue: An International Wheatpaste Show
Artists Around the World Invited To Submit to Groundbreaking New Art Show
Show opens Friday, June 14, 2024, 6pm – 2 am

Tattooed Mom, in collaboration with street artist Doomed Future, is excited to announce Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue: An International Wheatpaste Art Show happening on Friday, June 14, 2024, 6pm – 2am. An open call for wheatpaste submissions is now open and all are welcome to contribute to the show, with first time artists shown side by side with seasoned icons of the street art world.

This premiere event will take place at Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia’s very own Unofficial Street Art Museum, bar, restaurant, event space, and home to the International Sticker Art Show Characters Welcome. Celebrating the vibrant community of wheatpaste artists, this show invites submissions from artists worldwide to showcase their best paste-up art in this inaugural wheatpaste exhibition. Seasoned icons, first-time artists, and everyone in between are invited to contribute to this collective showcase of wheatpaste art.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2024. Submission details include:
Artwork dimensions must not exceed 36″ x 48,”, but pieces of any size smaller than the maximum dimensions are welcome.
For works made of multiple smaller sheets, please pre-assemble them into a single piece. Larger pieces can be folded or rolled for transit.
Each artist may submit a maximum of 5 pieces.
Please include artist credit (Instagram handle or artist name) with your submission.
Artists are invited to drop off their wheatpaste art in person at Tattooed Mom, located at 530 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Alternatively, submissions can be mailed to:

Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
614 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


Open Call – Teaching at the End of Times – Deadline May 10, 2024

Teaching at the End of Times aims to promote collective learning, skill-sharing, and care through a mobile classroom, an exhibition, a series of programs, and an online resource guide. Learn more about our past programming by clicking Events in the site menu.

We invite you to submit ideas for future programs utilizing the Teaching at the End of Times mobile unit. The unit comes equipped with a projector, projector screen, speaker, mics, seating, electric battery, and more!

We have a $1000 honorarium to support this program. Please use this form to submit your proposals!

This open call will close on May 10th, 2024 and we expect the selected workshop to take place during the Fall of 2024. The selected workshop will be announced 6-8 weeks after the open call closes. The workshop must take place in the Philadelphia County. Free to submit!

We expect the selected workshop to take place during the Fall of 2024. The selected workshop will be announced 8-12 weeks after the open call closes. The workshop must take place in the Philadelphia County.

Application here