OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS AT THE 2017 ARTS BY THE SEA FESTIVAL
Welcome to the 2017 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival!
Arts by the Sea has launched an application for artists to apply to its 2017 Open Call for Commissions for this year’s autumn event in Bournemouth, October 14 -21. The 2016 festival was the most successful in its history, with upwards of 100,000 people enjoying unique artistic works across the town. These ranged from sonic sculptures, a Sea of Freaks parade and a fiery waterfront stage show, to dozens of indoor theatre and live music performances.
Following the launch of the Open Call for Commissions last year, the scheme has been refined in 2017 to focus on supporting outdoor installation art that makes an impact in Bournemouth’s gardens – particularly after dark. The longer term vision is to transform Bournemouth’s Gardens into a luminous celebration of the UK’s best light art, rivalling other light-based festivals across Europe.
The theme of the 2017 Festival is Plastic Beach.
The synthetic quality of modern life has made its mark on the seas and oceans of the world. Over the last 30 years, millions of tonnes of plastic have entered the oceans. Global production of plastic now stands at 288 million tonnes per year, of which 10% ends up in the ocean. Oil, radioactive waste, chemical sewage and most visibly, plastics—have found their way into our oceans and stomachs of its marine life. From brightly coloured lost Lego, to luminous bottle caps and cigarette lighters—sea pollution gives us a kaledoscopic yet tragic example of humanity’s imprint on the Earth.
And yet a new generation of conscious and creative youth has ushered in innovative technologies for cleaning up the seas, signalling hope for the future. Commission applicants are invited to explore the tensions between civilisation, technology, consumption and nature through the theme ‘Plastic Beach’.
Artistic Leader Dr Roxy Robinson said “We are exceptionally lucky to have access to Bournemouth’s iconic heritage gardens for Arts by the Sea festival. With audiences firmly in mind, we’re excited by the potential to grow this strand of artwork and make full use of the wonderful spaces we have available. Make sure you visit the festival on opening evening to catch what promises to be a marvellous mix of premieres and touring work”.
Open Call for Commissions 2017
Brief and Guidance About the Festival
The 2017 Arts by the Sea festival will take place on the 14th to the 21st of October. It is an 8-day celebration of the arts with many events throughout the town.
The festival is focused on programming inclusive and accessible arts across a range of disciplines, many of which will be free and unrestricted.
The festival is delivered by Bournemouth Borough Council with the support of Arts Council England.
This year there will be an official Fringe programme for the first time.
Venues for the 2017 festival encompass Bournemouth’s award- winning gardens, beachfront and pier, as well as over a dozen small gig spaces, theatres, libraries and cafes which can be used for The Festival and The Fringe.
The theme for this year is ‘Plastic Beach’ (details below), which invites artists, Fringe organisers and creative partners to explore the tension between ecology and industry.
Over the next five years, Arts by the Sea intends to amend our practices to become more ethical, sustainable and reduce our environmental impact. We encourage and support our partners to do the same.
Call for Artists
Artists are invited to apply to create a commission for the Festival . Successful artist applicants will receive funding, publicity around their commission and support from the festival's production team and Creative Producer to realise their idea. This opportunity may be more suited to early career artists, though anybody residing in the UK is eligible to apply.
We also welcome proposals from creatives who wish to develop an existing work. We are particularly interested in outdoor light art, sculpture and installation work that:
1) Has sufficient scale and impact in the setting of Bournemouth Gardens or Bournemouth Beach.
2) Is visible at night, as well as during the day (it gets dark at 18:35).
3) Encourages interaction and exploration of the work.
4) References or explores the 2017 theme (though this can be subtle, and is not essential).
Please note: applicants are not required to show their work for the full duration of the festival, but may choose to focus on a restricted period of time. We would expect the commission to be shown for at least one full day + evening. 2017
Theme: Plastic Beach
The synthetic quality of modern life has made its mark in seas and oceans throughout the world. Over the last 30 years, millions of tonnes of plastic have entered the waterways. Global production of plastic now stands at 288 million tonnes per year, of which 10% ends up in the ocean. Oil, radioactive waste, chemical sewage and most visibly, plastics—have found their way into our oceans and the stomachs of its marine life. From brightly coloured lost Lego, to luminous bottle caps and cigarette lighters—sea pollution offers a kaleidoscopic yet tragic example of humanity’s imprint on the Earth. And yet, a new generation of conscious and creative youth has ushered in innovative technologies for cleaning up the sea, signalling hope for the future. Commission applicants and Fringe organisers are invited to explore the tensions between civilisation, technology, consumption and nature through the theme ‘Plastic Beach’.
Application and Commissioning Process:
Artists are required to complete an online application form and upload the relevant documents to be considered. All completed applications will be reviewed for award by the panel, and you will be notified of the decision in writing, via email.
Unfortunately, due to limited resource the festival is not able to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.
Commission Levels Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival will be awarding three new commissions, to include: 1 x lead commission / £3500 2 x supporting commissions / £2500 Submission
Deadline - midnight, May 01, 2017.
Commission Application Budget—What to include You will be asked to submit a commission budget which breaks down project expenditure. We would expect this to include:
Cost of materials
Accommodation and travel Commission
Application Budget—What not to include While the work is expected to be as self-sufficient as possible, the festival would expect to cover the costs of:
Security and stewarding
Power, barriers, safety lighting
Sound equipment where applicable.
If you expect your production requirements to be significant, we advise you contact the festival in advance of your application.
The commissions are open to all, provided the lead contact is a resident in the UK. This includes early career artists and any form of creative organisations.
Applicants with additional funding (who are applying for a portion of the cost of a cocommissioned work) are eligible.
Proposals for developments of existing work are eligible.
The project must be presented at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2017.
All project expenditure must take place after the panel decision has been formally announced to successful applications. Payment Commissions will normally be paid in two installments:
90% at the start date following confirmation of funding and provision of a detailed budget.
10% on satisfactory completion of the project and the project self-assessment and evaluation. Timescale
Deadline for submissions - midnight, May 01
Selection of artists to feature in project – May 15
Site visit for artists to assess requirements(where relevant) - June 01 – June 30.
Live Event- 14 - 21 October
Evaluation period - November
Please upload the following documents when completing the online application form.
1) Artists CV
2) A project outline (with accompanying images)
3) Basic risk assessment (you will be asked to provide a more detailed version if selected. Please email email@example.com if uncertain)
4) Budget Assessment Criteria We are looking for high impact, visually engaging pieces that are suitable for the festival environment.
We will also be assessing proposals based upon the following factors:
Is the artistic idea clearly described?
Will the activity make a strong visual impact on the festival audience?
Is there a clear and realistic breakdown of budget and expenditure?
Is there evidence of value for money?
Has the applicant considered logistical and production issues?
Are there sufficient human resources in place to deliver the project?
Does the proposal require the applicant to have a demonstrable track record of delivering similar projects or activities?
Does the project reflect the 2017 theme?
Has environmental impact been considered in the design of the work?
Each successful applicant will be required to submit a short interim report on a date agreed with the panel (or panel delegate), and liaise with the festival on Health & Safety compliance and production delivery. All successful applicants will also be required to complete a simple form to provide feedback on the project and festival. The panel can offer successful applicants advice and support during the application process and, if successful, the development of the project, adding to the overall learning experience. Contact: For all enquiries on our arts commissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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