CALLING ALL ARTISTS! OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS.
And it’s finally here! Our open call for artists is now open. The deadline for finished applications is June 1 2016.
As a brand new initiative for 2016, the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival is inviting artists working across a range of disciplines to apply to create a new commission for the event. Successful artist applicants will receive funding, publicity around their commission and support from the festival’s production team to realise their idea. Whether you are working in sculpture, performance or digital art, we’re looking for artists, individuals and organisations who can provide a creative and unique response to our commissioning brief (details in the links below).https://form.jotformeu.com/60894727248367
Art Commission Brief: Visions and Voyages
The opportunist // the dreamer // the voyager
Voyages are varied, but they all underpinned by the possibility of what lies ahead. These visions of possibility may be half-formed, but they are usually hopeful. The seafront is a timeless symbol of both escape and adventure, and a passage to new lands, creatures and civilisations.
As people throughout time have journeyed across the oceans they have cast new frontiers, and through this, seeded nations. Some journeys are characterised by hedonistic discovery, a joyous release from the daily routine. The less fortunate may journey to reach freedom from danger, or poverty, in a steadfast pursuit of new lands – gravitating towards an unseen future.
And yet, even among humanities safest refuges, the voyage beckons. It beckons us out to the seas, up to the skies, and into the cosmos. Will this—the ultimate journey that is human exploration—ever end?
Access the guidance notes on the available commissions here: Open Call Guidance Document.
Application & Commissioning Process
Artists are required to complete the below application form and to upload all the requested documents to be considered.
- Deadline for submissions - midnight 01 June
- Selection of artists to feature in project - 06-10 June
- Site visit for artists to assess requirements (where relevant) - 20 June
- Installation of artworks on site (where relevant) - 06/07 October
- Pieces on display at the event - 08 - 15 October
- Evaluation period - November
Please upload the following documents at the end of this form.
1) Artists CV
2) A project outline (with accompanying images)
3) Risk assessment
4) Project delivery plan:
(Showing robust research as to where any materials may be sourced, where relevant, and how any technical work and other logistical tasks may be carried out (proposals lacking this detail will not be selected).
(All costs associated with the build and derig of the pieces need to be accounted for in the commission awarded, including travel expenses and any desired accommodation. No additional budget is available for hire of equipment relating to the install of each piece, with the exception of lighting and power).
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:
- Does the project reflect the theme of the 2016 Art Commission Brief?
- Is the artistic idea clearly described?
- Will the activity make a strong visual impact on the festival audience?
- Is there evidence of value for money?
- Is there a clear and realistic breakdown of budget and expenditure?
- Has the applicant considered logistical and production issues?
- Are there sufficient human resources in place to deliver the project?
- Does the applicant have a demonstrable track record of delivering similar projects or activities?