(Extra)ordinary - open call commissions

Deadline: 14/12/2018  |  Published: 20/11/2018  |  City: Torbay  |  Region: Devon  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Clare Parker

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We invite submissions from individual artists, collaborating artists, producing & cultural organisations for projects to take place during June 2019 in Torbay as part of Eyeview, Torbay’s Great Place Scheme Cultural Programme. Applicants are invited to apply for up to £10,000 inclusive of VAT funding for specific creative proposals related to particular (extra)ordinary indoor or outdoor spaces and places in Torbay. We are looking to support up to four or five creative ideas that reveal new vistas or hidden narratives of special places and spaces in Torbay. We anticipate commissioning a variety of work to create a diverse programme for audiences of all ages. Work will be presented between 7-16th June, as part of the eyeview: (extra)ordinary programme strand.

We are seeking artist submissions for work that adds to a multiplicity of lenses to reveal and reimagine Torbay, through proposals that engage with specific locations, their physical, cultural, social and/or historic contexts. These may be interior spaces within heritage sites, unconventional spaces in the built environment, domestic interiors; or engagements with Torbay’s diverse and arresting natural environment, a UNESCO Global Geopark.

We encourage you to consider non-traditional spaces and places including spaces not typically considered for arts programming. Torbay has a wealth of (extra)ordinary natural and built spaces – across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, and in-between. Work might for example, might take form within a working space such as the Fish Market, Brixham, a natural space such as Kents Cavern, Torquay or at a private home in Hele.

We are looking for established artists with proposals related to a specific location or area of Torbay. Proposals using any single or combined artform are welcome, including: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, sculpture, installation, light or sonic art, film and digital media.

Eyeview seeks to engage with existing and new audiences in and coming into Torbay, and to reach people who may not normally engage with the arts. Your project will spark curiosity, may be staged indoors or outdoors, and presented either on an intimate scale or for a large audience. We are looking for high quality projects that engage audiences in seeing and experiencing Torbay anew. Your work will surprise and delight and respond to place in a particular way. 

Submit a proposal

If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting it, please get in touch. Your proposal should be no more than 5 sides A4 and should include:

  • Outline of your artistic idea, your proposed activity, and why / how it responds to an (extra)ordinary space or place within Torbay. What would the audience experience be? What is your project offering and what makes it interesting? In outlining the above, consider how your proposal is of high artistic quality and how it responds to our programme principles.

  • Details of the venue, place or space you have in mind, and how this speaks to your idea.

  • Tell us about the duration, frequency of the work you are proposing.

  • Tell us about the technical or production requirements of the work and how you will approach these including details of any materials, equipment, specialist expertise etc you will be using.

  • Details of any other partner, participants or organisations you would seek to engage with and how.

  • Budget breakdown to include all costs (fees, planning, delivery, evaluation, travel, materials, equipment, transportation etc). Please include any additional income (funding or in kind support) for your project and whether this is confirmed or expected.

  • Confirmation of PLI insurance.

  • Details of one or two relevant past works to demonstrate your experience producing high quality artistic work responding to place or space.

  • Full name, address, telephone number and email for the main contact.

  • Biography and referees for main artist (and collaborating artists if relevant).

  • Images or weblinks to support your proposal.

Please send your proposal by 5pm on Friday 14th December 2018.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Individual artists, collaborating artists, producing & cultural organisations
When is the deadline?
Friday 14th December 2018, 5pm
How many works can I submit?
1 project proposal
When is the delivery date?
June 2019
How much does it cost?
Are there payments to artists?
Do I need to be present?
Depends on proposal content
Where will my work be listed?
Marketing and PR for the wider Eye-view cultural programme online, social media print, plus location based advertising
How do you decide on proposals?
The selection panel will select based on programme principles
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Shortlisted proposal will be invited to an interview panel w/c 7th Jan 2019. All applicants will be notified Jan 18th 2019. If your proposal is selected we will work with you Feb-May to develop and produce your work.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Proposals should be for an original new piece of work or a bespoke new development of an existing piece. Work must be available for presentation during 7-16 June 2019 (and can extend beyond this, for example, for installations). Proposals must respond to place in a clear way. If you have a specific site, location or area in mind please provide as much detail about the location and how your work would be shown in this space including any technical, access, or other production points of detail.

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