New Geographies is an Arts Council England funded project to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. The map forms the basis of 10 major site-specific art commissions across the East of England, to be delivered over the next two years. The first phase of the project invited members of the public to nominate locations for the map, over a three-month nomination process in Summer of 2017 and nominations can be seen here: www.newgeographies.uk
We are now seeking expressions of interest from artists who have experience of working with community engagement and/or in the public realm in response to places or sites. The call is open to artists living and working both nationally and internationally and we are aiming to appoint ten artists to the project.
Each commission will be managed by one of the New Geographies partners. The commissions will be jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge , Art Exchange, University of Essex Colchester; East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects; Great Yarmouth; and UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire. All the organisations are members of the ECVAN (East Contemporary Visual Arts Network). Additional support comes from community outreach partners. This project also continues to strengthen ECVAN’s international relationship with artists, curators and directors from the Netherlands who will also be helping to select the chosen artists.
We envisage that each commission will be different but that all will in some way respond to the map, locations and stories; either individual locations, themes or other unexpected connections.
To develop a new commission in response to the sites and places nominated by the public, which could explore histories, localities, themes and a myriad of contemporary issues. The final commissions can take any form and may involve working with the public or local communities, but we are open to innovative or unique ideas, which encourage us to think about the idea of place in new ways.
Commissions will be delivered over the next two years starting in Summer 2018 and finishing by Winter 2019. Exact timings will depend on the nature of each project, its location and the lead commissioning organisation/s.
Up to £25,000 (inclusive of VAT) per commission. This includes an artist fee and production.
It is possible that additional production funds may be available, dependent on project proposals.
For artists who are VAT registered there is some flexibility on VAT in relation to the fee; subject to conditions being met.
In the first instance please send Expressions of Interest. This should include:
· A statement explaining why you would like to be considered and how your experience is appropriate for a project of this type (max 300 words)
· Your initial response to the map, sites, and locations and how you would approach the commission (max 500 words)
· Your CV (max 2 pages)
· A Portfolio of your previous work, relevant to this commission (up to 10 images/videos and-or 1 pdf up to 5 pages).
Deadline for submission: Sunday 28 January 2018 at Midnight.
Please upload your EOI to Submittable. You can save and return to it up to the deadline. Please allow enough time for uploading your application as the Submittable process will close automatically at midnight.
Representatives from each partner organisation will be involved the shortlisting and selection process. We aim to ensure a wide spread of shortlisted locations across the East of England as well as include artists, from the open submission and through solicitation, who are from diverse backgrounds, experiences and geographical locations. Shortlisted artists will be asked to work up a more detailed site-responsive proposal for up to three sites to bring to a Stage 2 interview in early March 2018.
Key messages of the project:
What is the project?
- An international partnership between 9 arts organisations in the East of England and The Netherlands
- The creation of a new map of the East, made by those who live here
- A chance for artists to explore overlooked and unexpected places across the region, inviting us to see them in new ways
- An opportunity to encounter excellent art in unexpected places through a series of commissions across the East
What do we want to achieve?
- To make art part of the everyday for more people
- To build more audiences for art
- To think of the idea of ‘place’ in new ways
- To raise the profile of the local partner arts organisations based in the region
- To highlight the east of England and make it more of a cultural destination
- To provide opportunities for artists to make new work
- To bring people together to share stories
How do we want it to look , feel and be talked about?
- With a sense of adventure and journey
- By being curious and asking questions
- With a belief that every voice is different – there is no uniformity
- By celebrating the beauty and challenges of the region (from vast skies to coastal erosion)
- With the informality of the everyday
- By embracing multiple languages and nationalities