SICK! Festival

An exciting Artist Commission Opportunity...

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SICK! Festival is offering a number of Catalyst Commissions of between £2,000 - £6,000 for early- to mid-career UK-based artists to develop new works of contemporary performance and dance that resonate with the festival's thematic interests for presentation as part of SICK! Festival in March 2019.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sickfestival.com/about-us/jobs/#catalyst-commission

Artist Call-Out!

Our Biggest Artist Call-Out from Shape Arts...

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Submissions are open for "Collective Influence", the 2018 Shape Open group exhibition!

Disabled and non-disabled artists are invited to submit work for our 2018 Shape Open, “Collective Influence” - the UK's leading disability-led group exhibition - to be held at The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London from Thursday 22nd March until Thursday 5th April 2018.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces, the Open provides an exciting opportunity for disabled and non-disabled artists to show disability-led work and discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate. This year's theme is “Collective Influence”: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, Monday 16th October.

To submit work for the Open or for more information, please visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/open-2018-submissions

Collective Influence

Submissions are open for the 2018 Shape Open group exhibition!

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Disabled and non-disabled artists are invited to submit work for our 2018 Shape Open, “Collective Influence” - the UK's leading disability-led group exhibition - to be held at The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London from Thursday 22 March until Thursday 5 April 2018.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces, the Open provides an exciting opportunity for disabled and non-disabled artists to show disability-led work and discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate. This year's theme is “Collective Influence”: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration?

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, Monday 16th October.

To submit work for the Open or for more information, please visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/open-2018-submissions

Blast! Festival

Artist and curatorial opportunities...

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Blast! Festival - curatorial and artist commissions. An exciting opportunity for six curators and six artists from the West Midlands.

Multistory is inviting early / mid career curators and artists to apply for one of 12 opportunities to create new work / exhibitions for our Blast! Festival in 2019.

Curators' Opportunity:
Curators are invited to apply for one of six commissions to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on communities and re-imaging and re-presenting work from the Multistory photographic collection. We are interested in receiving applications that present creative approaches to animating our collection, engaging with communities and presenting an exhibition / event / performance that sits within the Blast Festival in 2019. This opportunity is open to independent curators, artists or collectives based in the West Midlands.

Artists' Opportunity:
Artists are invited to apply for one of six commissions to develop new work for the Blast! Festival in 2019. Artists will be required to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on, and collaborating with, communities identified by Multistory. This opportunity is available to artists working within photography, moving image, digital media and sound. We are open to applications from independent artists or collaborations.

Successful applicants for each opportunity will receive a budget of £5K (inc VAT) for fee, delivery, materials and production of the work (additional budget is available to support the installation of the work); each curator / artist will also be supported by mentoring and professional development, with six master classes / artists talks by professional artists forming part of the programme of support.

Blast! is an ambitious two-year project that will develop, showcase and celebrate exceptional art produced in the borough of Sandwell. Focusing on photography, moving image, digital media and sound, Blast! will see six flagship weekenders of international and breakthrough artist commissions produced with communities and businesses in each of Sandwell's six distinctive towns, culminating in a festival finale on the streets of West Bromwich in June 2019.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm on Friday 22nd September 2017.

Caron Wright
Company Manager

Direct Dial: 0121 569 2883
Mobile: 07875 704973

www.multistory.org.uk

Artist's Micro-commissions

Exploring the culture and heritage of market gardening...

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For the Love of Lettuce.

Three micro-commissions for artists at any stage of their careers (including emerging artists) for Melbourne Festival in South Derbyshire, to be unveiled, showcased or premiered over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2017.

Historically, Melbourne is well known for its market gardening heritage. These market gardens, which define the shape and feel of the village were (and still are) largely family businesses - and there are still three remaining in Melbourne.

As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project, Melbourne Festival, working with People Express and Talking Birds, are offering three small commissions for artists to make new pieces of work in any medium inspired by Melbourne's market gardening heritage and the oral history collected as part of the project so far. Work can be shown outdoor at one or more chosen site/s along the arts trail in the village setting or within a local venue.

For further informariton on this opportunity, please see the PDF linked below.

Altered Landscapes

Juan delGado and his INSIDE commission with NAE...

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The landscape bears witness to the traumas and displacements of the people that move through it. Altered Landscapes is an immersive multimedia installation which traces a personal narrative through the scarred vistas of Europe in the midst of the largest mass migration in living memory.

For this exhibition delGado travelled to Greece, Macedonia and Calais to record the journeys taken by refugees. delGado has not filmed these 'invisible' people but the places they have passed through and the traces of their existence they have left. In place of the images proliferated by the media delGado presents fragments of experiences and fleeting moments that tell the human story of people caught in the unfolding sweep of history. 

Through the use of video, photography, light and sound, Altered Landscapes takes the viewer on a journey. The viewer navigates the different elements in the gallery space absorbing the experiences of the refugees and witnessing the reshaping of the continent as Europe's horizons fill up with the authoritarian towers of a new militarised border control.

Inspired by the text The Metamorphosis by Czech writer Franz Kafka, and the anxiety ridden B-movie The Incredible shrinking man from 1956, the project centres on a personal diary from a narrator, a European subject, who is describing how his human identity is gradually eroded, being transformed into something else, as a response to the suffering he is viewing.

These reflections are provoked by the events and debates of the last few years around the refugee crisis and are contextualised in a landscape which is strongly embedded in our collective imagination: Greece with its Acropolis, the ancient citadel of Athens, and the birthplace of the democratic values and culture.

The main video installation is accompanied by an audio description available through headphones, and is screened with captions at regular intervals.

The INSIDE funding has provided us with a valuable opportunity to work with Juan delGado a London based artist with hearing impairment who explores themes of trauma, disability and dislocation. The fund has enabled us to co-commission his new film, Altered Landscapes, which will be launched at NAE in June 2017. In this project delGado continues his enquiry into personal narratives and the restrictions on movement, focusing on the ongoing influx of displaced people crossing from Turkey into Greece and Macedonia. As well as the financial support working with DASH has also provided us with a great opportunity to enhance our knowledge and skills in terms of working with disabled artists and audiences.  Helping us to further grow our access programme aimed at engaging diverse audiences with different abilities. Therefore, bringing us closer to our ambition to share our passion for the visual arts and our exhibitions and events with as many as people as possible.  

Armindokht Shooshtari - Producer – Touring & Creative Programmes.

Visit the INSIDE project page for more information.

Litmus Artist Commission

Litmus, Part 1 - a call for artists for this exciting commission opportunity!

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Open to emerging artists based in Wales and the Border counties.

Litmus is a 12-month programme of new artists' commissions at Oriel Davies between May 2017 and April 2018. Litmus - Part 1 is the first call for commission proposals for the period 20 May – 19 July 2017.

Litmus offers commissioning opportunities alongside professional development and networking while widening the Gallery's audiences for new, innovative and experimental contemporary visual art. The initiative focuses on commissioning and presenting the work of emerging artists based in Wales and the Welsh Borders through a series of innovative exhibitions and presentations.

We are keen to hear from practicing visual artists whose proposals make innovative use of the current TestBed space as well exploring potential other spaces in and around the Gallery or online. As part of the commissioning process artists are expected to give a talk or present their work to an audience.

The Litmus artists' commission programme will be developed working with an up and coming Artist Curator, who will work alongside and be supported by Oriel Davies Curator, Alex Boyd Jones, and other members of the gallery's team. 

The TestBed space is small, yet adaptable and measures 158cm (w) x 212cm (l) x 219cm (h). The space can accommodate a variety of work, from video and installation, to sculpture, time-based and wall-based work.

Fees:

There is a commission fee of £600, with an additional £400 for production, materials and expenses.

Deadline for proposals: 1st March 2017.

For more information and details on how to apply please visit: http://www.orieldavies.org/en/news/articles/artist-commission-call-litmus-part-1

Widening the Lens

Diversity film pitching competition...

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Widening the Lens is a pitching competition looking to address the current issue of a lack of diversity within the film industry both in front of and behind the camera.

Encounters Film Festival is offering three emerging filmmakers from under-represented groups the opportunity to win cash prizes, valuable talent development opportunities and promotion on a national and international platform.

Ideas must address the issue of diversity on screen through a creative approach. Films of any genre are accepted. The films should tackle the idea of challenging limitations of character and story development often seen on screen, and be aimed at stimulating discussion and debate around this subject.

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to Encounters Festival 2016 to take part in workshops and mentoring sessions, and will then pitch to a group of international expert judges to be in with a chance of winning cash prizes of up to £1500 and in kind awards. The winner will also get to go on a trip to the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2017 with the Encounters Festival Team. 

Deadline: Wednesday 31st August 2016.

More information on Widening the Lens can be found here.

Artist residency call

Oriel Davies invites artists and makers with a background in participatory practice...

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... to take up residency in The Drawing Room between 22 October and 25 February 2017. We are seeking proposals from, but not limited to visual, installation and digital artists, performance and live artists, filmmakers, creative writers, illustrators and craft specialists (ceramics, textiles, metalwork etc.) to occupy The Drawing Room and produce a mix of artistic engagement activities for visitors, creative interventions in the space and opportunities for documenting and sharing.
 
We welcome proposals for 1-3 day residencies from artists from Wales or border counties, which involve at least one workshop/activity session or culminate in a sharing event, this could be a performance, intervention, demonstration or talk.
 
For further information about the opportunity go to: 
http://www.orieldavies.org/en/news/articles/artist-residency-call-drawing-room

To join the conversation on facebook go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheDrawingRoomOpenSpace/

To find out more about The Drawing Room project head to:
www.orieldavies.org/en/exhibition/drawing-room

Inside commission

A reminder of the exciting commission currently available through the INSIDE project.

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QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL and Junction Arts, supported by DASH, seek to commission a disabled artist or disabled led collective/company to produce new work focusing on the broad theme of 'Habitat'. This can be interpreted in many ways – including archives and collections. 

Submitted work may use any media or a mix of media although emphasis in the selection process will be placed upon the creative use of digital media. The commission can be created through a residency using the Artists' Studio at QUAD. 

The work will initially be exhibition within the QUAD programme with the opportunity to be included in FORMAT17 (as part of FORMAT International photography Festival), on the D-Lab website and at the LEVEL Centre, during 2017. 

The selected artist or collective/company will receive a fee of £4000.

There is also a separate budget for travel/ accommodation and production funds to realise the project, as well as additional installation funds for exhibition. The selected artist will receive mentoring from QUAD, D-Lab, LEVEL and Junction Arts.

Visit http://www.dasharts.org/projects/inside.html for the application documents and further information.