LIGHT - Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2017

Deadline for submissions: 31/03/2017  |  City: Cumbria, Co. Durham & Northumberland  |  Region: Cumbria  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Created by: Karen Babayan

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LIGHT - Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2017. A call for artists and makers for an exhibition of contemporary works using light-based media and craft-based work for which light is an important element.

The Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour and extensive outreach programme, gives local access to world-class artists in community venues for rural communities. Our show is a pop-up exhibition that transforms community spaces (village halls, churches, art centres, libraries etc.) into high spec. contemporary art galleries, showing the best contemporary art by UK and International artists.  

We are looking for 6-8 artists to show 3-6 pieces of work each (depending on size).  Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour Officer will select the artists based quality of work and interesting interpretations on the theme of LIGHT.  Due to the touring nature of the exhibition, ease of display and transportation will also be a factor. Our venues and audiences (18,000+ in 2016) are used to seeing (and buying) more risky work.  We aim to delight, challenge, inspire and amaze our audiences.

In 2017 we have partnered with Lumiere (Durham Festival of Light), with some Co. Durham venue dates corresponding to the festival, to increase the visitor reach.  The tour takes place from September 2017 to January 2018.  Paid opportunities for workshops in local schools and the tour venues, talks and demonstration days are offered to some exhibiting artists, as appropriate.  Funding for the tour and outreach programme come from Arts Council England and other charitable trusts and foundations.  

Highlights Rural Touring is based in Appleby, Cumbria.  We work in partnership with a network of village halls, community venues and local volunteer promoters to bring memorable events into the heart of rural communities, giving them the chance to see the very best of national small scale touring across a wide range of art forms. Established in 1997, the organisation provides arts events and activities for isolated rural communities in Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland.  Highlights is an Arts Council England national portofolio organisation. 


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists, designer-makers, craftspeople, textile artists, glassmakers, sculptors, filmmakers, animators, light artists etc.
When is the deadline?
28th February
How many works can I submit?
When is the delivery date?
20th August 2017
When will the tour end?
Early January 2018
How much does it cost?
There is no fee to participate or apply. Costs may be incurred in delivery of work to Appleby by the artist. Return of work to the artist will be covered by Highlights.
Are there payments to artists?
There are opportunities for paid workshop, talks and demonstration days with each venue.
Is there a private view / opening?
There is an opening event with every venue to which all participating artists are invited.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10am-4/5pm depending on the venue.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, at all the venues.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
On the web publicity through Highlights' website. We also have 3000 email subscribers who receive email notifications; 20,000 brochures are printed and distributed across the north of England. 10,000 flyers are printed for the venues. Posters are printed. Press releases are targeted to local press. Craft Council on-line listings and 'What's on', twitter and facebook.
Do I need to be present?
No, but we welcome all our artists to join us at the openings. You may be present if you participate in our outreach programme.
Where will my venue be listed?
Highlights' website; 20,000 brochures are printed and distributed across the north of England. Press releases are targeted to local press. Craft Council on-line listing and 'What's on.
How do you decide on proposals?
The Contemporary Craft Tour officer curates the exhibition and will make the final selection.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
The Contemporary Craft Tour Officer will visit you to see the work at first hand. Work will be selected and an exhibition contract drawn up.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are looking for ambitious, imaginative, unusual and challenging works that would be suitable for touring, i.e. transportable, simple assembly and if fragile, can be packed in lightweight but sturdy packaging. We aim to show work by up to six artists, in a variety of media. Artists will be chosen for their interesting and unusual approach to the subject of LIGHT and we may show up to six pieces per artist (depending on size). Consideration must be given to ease of display. Work can be floor, plinth or wall-based. Work must arrive with its own suitable packaging.

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