BLINK -“See Peace Differently” (Paper Peace Commission)

Deadline: 12/07/2019  |  Published: 24/06/2019  |  City: Stoke-on-trent  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Amy Louise Matthews

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Through this paid commission, we want to create a multi-sensory experience where people challenge their connection to peace and reconciliation. To us, reconciliation is a journey, in which the individual confronts negative feelings, and releases this burden.

Paper Peace is a year-long national arts and heritage programme that aims to shed light on the fragile nature of peace and the strength of those who sustain it. As the global community continues to face political and environmental crises, this project invites producers, artists and audiences to explore peace within local heritage. Taking place in several locations across the UK, Paper Peace was created by Emergency Exit Arts (London), in association with B Arts (Stoke-on-Trent), Brick Box (Bradford), Creative Scene (Dewsbury), Ideas Test (Medway) and Vivacity (Peterborough).
 
As Young Producers, we have sought to unearth the history of peacebuilding and peace activism in our local area, Stoke-on-Trent. So far in this project, we have received training from arts practitioners and museum experts, in an attempt to interpret various historical sources from the past century. We have endeavoured to understand what is meant by ‘peace’. Negative peace is about the absence of war. Positive peace is about creating social systems to benefit everybody in the community through constructive resolution of conflict. Paper Peace is about respecting everybody’s point of view, seeking the common ground and not losing sight of the bigger picture.
 
Our Aim:

Through this commission, we want to create a multi-sensory experience where people challenge their connection to peace and reconciliation. To us, reconciliation is a journey, in which the individual confronts negative feelings, and releases this burden.

The Brief:

We would like to collaborate with an artist(s) to create an installation. We are open to interpretive responses to our ideas and open to multi-disciplinary partnerships. We ask that it meets the following requirements:
 
  • Effectively communicates the theme of reconciliation as a method of building peace
  • Allows the audience to confront their own negative feelings
  • Invites the audience to release burdens
  • Be participatory and multi-sensory (i.e. taste, touch, smell)
  • Open to work with Bread in Common our in-house bakery to provide food
  • Lasts no longer than 15 minutes
  • Suitable for travel across several UK destinations
  • Able to take place at dusk into night-time (as late as 10pm)
  • Is suitable for a capacity of 25 people
  • Accessible to a diverse range of audiences
  • Installation must be complete by Monday 23rd September ready for installation at https://www.101outdoorarts.com in the first week of October.
  • We have an official dress rehearsal on 4th-5th October.
 
The installation will be based within a pop-up dome structure, designed by Rūta Īrbite to look, from the outside, like an eye. The successful artist will need to work with a central creative team, lead by artist Nina Dunn and Artistic Director Chloe Osborne, to design the interior. This will be able to hold 20-25 people, measuring roughly 4.4m(w) x 8m(l) x 4m(h) and can accommodate light, electricity, sound, if needed.
 
This structure will be interconnected to feature alongside four other installations, each one commissioned by one of the other partners. This will be a free flowing, self directed space where the public can come and go.
 
The exhibition will travel across the UK, allowing each of the cities involved to experience the event from their hometown. Therefore, this will be taking place on various dates across October and November.
 
Skills & Experience:

We are looking to work with artists, or an arts organisation, who can deliver an interactive installation that enables the audience to experience reconciliation. The successful commision will be able to evidence skills and experience in:
 
  • Creating an interactive installation
  • Managing small to medium scale projects within a timescale and budget
  • Working outdoors in public spaces
  • Engaging a diverse range of audiences
  • The ability to understand, appreciate and interpret the local area
  • Work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including organisations, volunteers and local people.
 
Budget:
 
We have a budget up to £7000 inc VAT, which includes artist fees, materials, travel and accommodation throughout the process, dress rehearsal in London, any community engagement, research & development, project management and production costs.
 
How to Apply:
 
We would encourage artists to submit a proposal, of no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing their ideas and how they would meet the brief. Also, please send an up-to-date CV, and any links to examples of work (such as an online portfolio), up to 4 images of previous work, and a reference.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th July 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Friday 19th July, and must be available the week of the 22nd July to discuss the proposal further.

The successful applicant will need to meet with (or skype) producers to refine the proposal, in the week of the 29th July.
 
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When is the deadline?
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th July 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Friday 19th July, and must be available the week of the 22nd July to discuss the proposal further.

The successful applicant will need to meet with (or skype) producers to refine the proposal, in the week of the 29th July.
How many works can I submit?
One.
When is the delivery date?
Mid-September has to be completed for the practice run through in London in October.
Are there payments to artists?
We have a budget up to £7000 inc VAT which includes artist fees, materials, travel and accommodation throughout the process, inc dress rehearsal in London, any community engagement, research & development, project management and production costs.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Friday 19th July, and must be available the week of the 22nd July to discuss the proposal further.

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