Random String Fellowship

Creative technologists; Ludic Rooms, are inviting artists from across disciplines to apply for the Random String Fellowship

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It's a comprehensive development programme based in the West Midlands to explore interactive technology, involving mentoring, group development sessions and access to technology. 

There is no expectation that the Fellowship will result in a new body of work; this is an opportunity to  experiment and play.

The 6 Fellows will just be required to contribute to a blog and present their work in progress at the Random String Symposium at Warwick Arts Centre on 10 June and talk about their findings at the end of the programme at a Coventry Pecha Kucha event in October. 

To apply artists should visit http://randomstring.co/fellowships ,complete the online application form and upload a CV, images and weblinks.

Please note: The Fellowship is only open to artists who currently do not use routinely use interactive technology in their creative practice.

Deadline for applications 18th April 2016 at 1pm.

Interviews in Coventry: 27th April 2016.

Freelance Curator bursary awards

Three bursaries of £2000 each, to freelance curators or artist-curators who are based in the West Midlands region.

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New Art WM – Art Market Project: Freelance Curator Bursary Awards

As part of its activity strand to support the professional development of the newly established Curators' Network WM, Art Market Project – New Art WM is offering three bursaries of £2000 each to freelance curators or artist-curators who are based in the West Midlands region.  These bursaries are designed to support WM curator/artist representation, mentoring, and continued professional development.

Aim and Eligibility: To enable a West Midlands based curator, artist-curator or visual arts project organiser with a track record of freelance practice to benefit from mentoring and/or support for research and development of visual arts activity as part of their curatorial practice.  If choosing to use the award towards mentoring, the submitted proposal needs to state the applicant's preferred mentors.

Timescale: Successful awardees must begin their proposed professional development activity during April 2016 and complete it within six months making a contribution to a public feedback event at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in late September 2016.

Application process: To apply for a bursary applicants should email a one page (A4) proposal of activity, timescale and rationale outlining how the activity will provide them with professional development as well as a short CV to Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market Project, Rachel.Bradley@bcu.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 25th March 2016.

Awardees who meet the stated criteria will be chosen on a competitive basis by a panel from submitted written applications.  Successful applicants only will be informed by Friday 1st April 2016.

Commission opportunity now open

Want to make great art digitally? Apply for development support and funding before 15th December.

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The Space commissioning round is now open for online applications.

We're interested in work that fits one of three strands – capture projects; projects that extend existing artworks or performances using digital technology; and “landmark” digital arts projects that use technology as an intrinsic part of the work.

We're looking for the most exciting and innovative work from organisations and artists across the UK arts and creative industries, aligned with a commitment to high quality and the desire to extend the arts experience to wider audiences, harnessing the potential of digital media and technology.

From now until 15th December, you can apply to have your work commissioned by The Space. This includes potential distribution through our core distribution relationships with BBC services such as BBC Arts online or partnerships with other digital media platforms where they are most appropriate.

You can download the commissioning brief below, along with guidance notes.

Download Commissioning Brief and Guidance (PDF 593KB)

Any questions not covered in the Guidance Notes? Please email commissioning@thespace.org

We are running an event on Friday 20th November from 2pm until 5pm in Birmingham which is open to anyone who is interested in applying or wants to find out more.

You can register for the event here.

If you can't make the event we will be recording the afternoon and sharing the content on this site the following week.

Artists' call out opportunity

Submit a proposal for the 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival event, 'Hengistburt Headlines'.

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Organisers strongly wish to promote the opportunity to artists and performers who are disabled.

They have made the call out in a BSL version: http://activateperformingarts.org.uk/news/inside-out-dorset-festival-bsl-version-of-hengistbury-head-call-for-proposals

Also, they have produced the entire brief as an audio file as well: http://activateperformingarts.org.uk/news/inside-out-dorset-festival-2016-hengistbury-headlines-artists-call-out-audio-described-brief

Clicking on any of the two links above will provide access to the full written brief for this exciting opportunity.

Inside - application deadline extended

The deadline for applications to DASH's new commissioning project has been extended.

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Inside is an exciting new development opportunity for Galleries, Museums, Libraries and Archives across the Midlands to commission new high quality work by Disabled visual artists from across the UK and Internationally.

The aims of Inside are:

  • To change the culture of Galleries, Museums and Libraries through a practical partnership with DASH.
  • To work with a number of Galleries, Museums and Libraries across the Midlands.
  • To increase the number of Disabled and Deaf artists exhibiting and/or
  • developing curatorial skills in mainstream Galleries, Museums and Libraries.
  • To promote and develop Disabled and Deaf People as an audience, and as participants in the Visual Arts.

We will achieve these aims by offering three commissions each for £7000:

  • One to a mainstream Gallery to select a Disabled artist to 'exhibit' or select a Disabled artist as a curator, who will develop an exhibition or exhibitions.
  • One to a Museum to select a Disabled artist to work with their collection/audience/archive.
  • One to a Library to select a Disabled artist to work with their audience/collection/archive.

Inside is a major development from our previous programmes, Outside IN (2009-12) and IN (2012-15). The scale and scope will be much broader, working with Museums and Libraries as well as Galleries to widen the scope of commissioned opportunities for disabled artists and for more audiences to engage with the work.

DASH has been an instigator and initiator of the commissioning of new work by Disabled visual artists within mainstream galleries since 2008, enabling Disabled artists to create new work and collaborate with new institutions.

In collaboration, we seek to commission work by leading national and international disabled artists, examining the way in which diversity is an intrinsic part of the creative process and enabling these artists and venues to transcend barriers.

We are currently looking for applications from partner organisations. 

The closing date for submission of applications has now been extended until 5pm on Friday 16th October 2015.

Flora - a call for artists

Residency Opportunity at National Botanic Garden of Wales.

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As part of the wider flora exhibition project originated by Oriel Davies, we invite professional artists working across any medium from Wales and further afield to apply for a residency taking place at the acclaimed and unique setting of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire from October 2015.

We are looking for an artist with an established practice and a demonstrable practice profile who has specific interest in exploring the work and natural resources of the Garden as appropriate to the context of the flora exhibition project.

The artist will be selected on the basis of the originality of their approach to the residency, enthusiasm and curiosity for the Garden and its work, and their wish to extend their practice in this context.

WHEN: 5 month residency (minimum 30 days to be spent at the Garden) between October 2015 – February 2016.

FEE: £6,000 (to include artist fees, production costs and all expenses)

DEADLINE: Midnight, Friday 7th August 2015.

HOW TO APPLY: Electronic applications only. Please download and complete application form from http://flora.orieldavies.org/residencies

Completed forms and additional material should be emailed to: Alex Boyd Jones (Curator, Oriel Davies) alex@orieldavies.org

Call for partner organisations - Inside

Inside is an exciting new development opportunity for Galleries, Museums, Libraries and Archives across the Midlands...

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...  to commission new high quality work by Disabled visual artists from across the UK and Internationally.

The aims of Inside are:

  • To change the culture of Galleries, Museums and Libraries through a practical partnership with DASH.
  • To work with a number of Galleries, Museums and Libraries across the Midlands.
  • To increase the number of Disabled and Deaf artists exhibiting and/or
  • developing curatorial skills in mainstream Galleries, Museums and Libraries.
  • To promote and develop Disabled and Deaf People as an audience, and as participants in the Visual Arts.

We will achieve these aims by offering three commissions each for £7000:

  • One to a mainstream Gallery to select a Disabled artist to 'exhibit' or select a Disabled artist as a curator, who will develop an exhibition or exhibitions.
  • One to a Museum to select a Disabled artist to work with their collection/
  • audience/archive.
  • One to a Library to select a Disabled artist to work with their audience/
  • collection/archive.

Inside is a major development from our previous programmes, Outside IN (2009-12) and IN (2012-15). The scale and scope will be much broader, working with Museums and Libraries as well as Galleries to widen the scope of commissioned opportunities for disabled artists and for more audiences to engage with the work.

DASH has been an instigator and initiator of the commissioning of new work by Disabled visual artists within mainstream galleries since 2008, enabling Disabled artists to create new work and collaborate with new institutions.

In collaboration, we seek to commission work by leading national and international disabled artists, examining the way in which diversity is an intrinsic part of the creative process and enabling these artists and venues to transcend barriers.

We are currently looking for applications from partner organisations!

Please visit the Inside page of the website for further details and the information pack: http://www.dasharts.org/projects/inside.html

 

Frequency Festival of Digital Culture - Postern Gate

A callout to artists for Postern Gate. Postern Gate exhibition site: Durational or performative digital and hybrid art works.

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Introduction:

Frequency 2015 represents the third iteration of Lincoln's Festival of Digital Culture. For ten days in October we take over the city, placing digital and hybrid art works in the city streets, venues, galleries and heritage spaces, including the Castle, the Cathedral, the Roman Postern Gate, and various churches and pop-ups across the cityscape.

Call Out:

We are looking for performative or durational site-specific works that are suited to intimate audience groups for a very special site on the festival trail. Interactivity is of interest but not essential.

The Artists' Canvas:

Down a flight of steps you find the ruins of the old Roman side gate to the city. Three times a year, The Collection hold guided tours of part of Lincoln's Roman South Wall, which is now housed in a locked cellar beneath a high street bank. The site houses the Postern Gate of the original Roman city of Lindum; the gate is believed to have been used to access the River Witham, which was closer to the area than it is today.

The Postern Gate is an exciting space and a key signature site on the Frequency Festival trail where we open it up to the public for ten days housing a piece of digital or hybrid work creating new and surprising experiences for audiences. With queues to get in to see the work and the Postern Gate itself coupled with the unique challenges to the space, makes it essential that we choose exactly the right kind of work.

The space can be made completely dark so projected and light works are particularly effective in the space. The Postern Gate itself dominates the space and is listed so cannot be changed in any way but it can be the stage and backdrop for your work.

Shows/demonstrations/performances of 10 minutes duration can run every quarter hour, or 25 minutes durational works can run every half hour.

Works that contrast with the cellar space and the Postern Gate itself are particularly effective. We are particularly interested in works that allow the Postern Gate to be seen.

For more information on this commission opportunity, please visit:

http://thresholdstudios.tv/frequency-festival-call-out-for-artists-postern-gate-exhibition-site/

Frequency Festival of Digital Culture - Futurology

A call out to artists for Futurology. Hybrid and digital works, experimental tech, public performative, interactive works and beta demonstrators...

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Introduction:

Frequency 2015 represents the third iteration of Lincoln's Festival of Digital Culture. For ten days in October we take over the city, placing digital and hybrid art works in the city streets, venues, galleries and heritage spaces, including the Castle, the Cathedral, the Roman Postern Gate, and various churches and pop-ups across the cityscape.

Calling all Futurologists:

Frequency Festival 2015 invites proposals for our Futurology Digital Fair (working title) – a series of booths and public disruptions across the city that will house hack labs and interesting and unusual demonstrators that illustrate artists' and creative technologists' current works in progress, their journeys of imagination, research and enquiry. We are also interested in works that may not be fully polished, that remain a bit rough and ready, that reveal their inner workings and celebrate their prototype beta testing phase as a badge of honour. Examples of technologies might include: haptic and brainwave technologies, Oculus Rift experiences, augmented reality actions, interactive art and design, the repurposing of technologies, 3D printing, and of course, ROBOTS.

We think we know what we want but please take this opportunity to surprise us; we are looking for works that will engage playful and inquisitive minds of any age. The experience should have a sense of play, a hybrid maybe of augmented human experience and the carnival sideshow.

For further information on this opportunity, please visit:

http://thresholdstudios.tv/frequency-festival-call-out-for-artists-futurology/

Open call to artists - 4 Squares Weekender 2015

An open call to both artists and artistic companies who are based in Birmingham and the West Midlands!

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Call for entries: Arts festival performances, arts activities and installations.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 14th May 2015.

Performance dates: 25th to 27th September 2015.

THE BRIEF:

Artistic Opportunities;

We are seeking expressions of interest in artistic work across all art forms which has a total creation and presenting  project cost from between £500-£4000. The work will be included in the Festival programme.

What we are looking for:

High quality, engaging, outdoor based work that can appeal to a broad audience. Work will be based mainly in and around the Bull ring and Victoria Square and Centenary Square. There are some particular areas of interest.

DEVELOPING WORK FOR THE OUTDOORS;

We are particularly interested in work for families and children.

PARTICIPATIVE ACTIVITIES;

Activities that give adults and children an opportunity to express themselves creatively.

PARTNERING / CO-PRODUCED EVENTS (COLLABORATION WITH OTHER ARTS ORGANISATIONS);

We are interested in receiving applications from organisations who might not usually work together and would like to explore the possibility of presenting something new and interesting in partnership.

ROAMING  PERFORMANCE;

Performances that engage audiences on a low-level participative basis.

RETAIL COLLABORATIONS;

One of the main partners and funders of the festival is Retail Birmingham.  Work with or in a shopping context are welcomed.

Who can apply?

Independent companies (none ACE national portfolio organisations) and individual  artists are encouraged to apply for this fund. You will work with the festival creative and producing team to assist with the development and placing of your work in the context of the festival programme. You must be able to present the work on the festival weekend. Partnerships or support from Birmingham Arts Partnership members is welcome. Artists may submit more than one proposal.  Funding will be paid 75% at the point of contract and 25% on the successful delivery of the event.

SELECTION PROCESS:

The process is as follows:

14th May - Deadline for proposals.

W/c 18th May - Shortlisting panel convenes, dialogue with potential artists and initial decision making.

W/c 26th May - Confirmation of successful projects.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

4 Squares Weekender 2015 (working title) is a cross- arts form Festival of high-quality, free performance, music, visual arts and participative events. Building on the success of the 2013 event, this year's festival celebrates the re-opening of a transformed New Street Station / Grand Central and adjacent city centre. The Festival seeks to bring “great art for everyone and has been designed to have a broad appeal to the city's diverse population and international visitors.  In particular it offers young people and families the opportunity to enjoy two great cultural days out and enhances Birmingham's growing reputation as a leading destination for culture. 

The Festival includes a wide range of work from  large scale performance such as Birmingham Hippodrome presenting Compagnie Transe Expresse 'Maudits Sonnants'  to dance you 'happen' across  in shop windows. There's opportunities to listen to music with Town Hall Symphony Hall's Outdoor Musical Picnic, watch Vanley Burke and Gambian dancers brought to Birmingham by the IKON Gallery or get involved in sketching the festival with Urban Sketchers. There will also be independent food stalls.

Events will be presented during the days and into the evenings in Birmingham's main civic squares and shopping spaces. These include: Centenary Square, Rotunda Square and Victoria Square, Bullring, Mailbox and retail shops along New Street and in the shopping centre. The event will take place on the weekend of 25-27th September 2015. Almost all events will be free of charge.

A short video of the 2013 festival can be found here: http://vimeo.com/74115780.

The event saw attendances of over 95,000, significant media coverage and positive feedback from audiences and partners. Now granted signature festival status from Birmingham City Council, the event is planned to take place biennially. 

The festival is an initiative of the  Birmingham Arts Partnership  who have appointed an artistic team - Creative Director, Roxana Silbert (Birmingham REP) and Associate Directors Corey Baker (Choreographer), Tim Hodgson (Theatre Maker and Festival Director) and Ola Animashawun (Producer and Theatre Director).  It's being coordinated by the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Artistic Contact:

Ola Animashawun;  Freelance Producer & Theatre Director

ola@euphoricink.co.uk or 07814 123 816

Producing Contact:

Caroline Davis; Birmingham Hippodrome, 

carolinedavis@birminghamhippodrome.com or 0121 689 3044