OPEN CALL for Cumbrian Artist

Deadline: 17/07/2017  |  Published: 28/06/2017  |  Venue: Cooke's Studios  |  City: Barrow-in-Furness  |  Region: Cumbria  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Joanna Roy

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Signal Film and Media is delighted to announce a new micro-commission opportunity, as part of its year-long Lost Stations digital arts programme. The micro-commission is designed to showcase digital artwork by a Cumbrian-based artist, based on the theme of Lost Stations.


The Brief

We are looking for an artist to respond to the theme of Lost Stations, a huge network of disused train lines and stations that once ran across Barrow-in-Furness and the legacy of its boom years. Now almost invisible, these ‘Lost Stations’ reflect key moments in Barrow’s history, serving as a metaphor for the changing fate of a town and a ghost image of its past.

Artworks must incorporate the digital, but submissions may include film, photography, sound, animation, mixed media or performance art. The work will be open for public viewing for a number of weeks, or it can take place on a shorter timeframe if they include a live element.

Artists will receive:

–       £500 bursary towards production and materials

–       An additional £500 of in-kind support including: 2 x mentoring meetings, installation support from technical staff, access to Signal’s in-house technical equipment and travel costs.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel including Loren Slater, Director of Signal Film and Media, Phil Northcott, Curator, Bren O’Callaghan, Visual Art Programme Manager at HOME, Manchester & Dani Admiss, Independent Digital Curator, London.

The Space

The work will be exhibited at Cooke’s Studios, a 16,000ft, Grade II listed Victorian building which runs over 5 floors and is housed in the heart of Barrow-in-Furness. Proposals can be for a number of available spaces within the building, this includes:

–       102 Groundfloor derelict space (approx. 7m x 22m)

–       102 Upper Space (approx. 5m x 9m)

–       104 Ground Floor Space (approx. 4.3m x 13.4m)

–       Windows (inside or outside) facing onto Abbey Road

–       Building Corridors & Stairwells

Please follow this link for images of the spaces available & include this information in your proposal. 

How to Apply

To apply, artists must submit:

–       A 200 word statement about their piece. This can include imagery, which space you would like to use within Cooke’s Studios & any specific technical requirements.

–       A 200 word statement telling us about previous work or experience and detailing why you would like the opportunity.

–       Website link or attachments showing examples of work

Please apply directly through Curator Space.

If you would like more information, please email the above joanna@signalfilmandmedia (Lost Stations Project Manager) or call Joanna on 07813 536 806

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the final week of July. The deadline for the completion of the artwork will be mid-September, culminating in a public opening around this time.

About Us

Signal Film & Media is an award winning film and digital media charity with a reputation for both high quality professional short film production and a wide range of community engagement media projects.

The Lost Stations programme is kindly supported by Arts Council England and will open up a world of digital art for participants and audiences in Barrow-in-Furness and Cumbria. This Micro-Commission is part of a whole host of digital opportunities happening over the year to see, experience, and get involved with.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any emerging or mid-career artist who is working with some form of digital media, either based in Cumbria or from Cumbria originally.
When is the deadline?
Midnight, 17th July 2017
When is the delivery date?
Mid-September 2017
How much does it cost?
N/a. This is a paid opportunity.
Are there payments to artists?
Yes. £500 bursary + £500 of in-kind support.
Is there a private view / opening?
What are the exhibition opening hours?
This will depend on the nature of the piece and will be agreed with the Project Manager once the artist is selected.
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Publicity through our in-house marketing officer, to an already established network.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, for mentoring sessions, some of the install & the public opening.

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