The morning boat call for projects. A public art program on the island of Jersey.

Deadline for submissions: 10/02/2017  |  City: Jersey, Channel Islands  |  Country: Jersey  |  Created by: Kaspar Wimberley

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Applications are now being accepted for The morning boat, a fully funded research and production residency on the island of Jersey. Artists are asked to explore and reflect on agricultural and fishing practices in Jersey and the impact they have on people's lives. An emphasis is placed on live extraordinary public art events.

The morning boat
A laboratory for research and action

The morning boat is an international artist residency on the island of Jersey that aims to generate a reflective and meaningful discourse on critical issues and real life practices that are central to the island’s economy, social fabric and way of life. Activities focus on local industries that are often referred to as the foundations of the island economy – Agriculture, finance and tourism – and their impact on people’s lives.

Artists will be invited to Jersey whose work is thought provoking, unforgettable, accessible to its audience and sensitive to the context in which it is presented. Projects will be developed specifically for the island of Jersey, responding to its unique character and narrative. Work will take place in public spaces and every-day working environments, in collaboration with the local community.

The morning boat is produced by the Jersey Arts Trust and curated by Kaspar Wimberley and Susanne Kudielka. Artists will receive a fee, production budget, accommodation and travel expenses. We welcome applications from artists of all genres, artists with children, artists working in pairs and artist collectives.

Focus for 2017 and 2018
Agriculture, aquaculture and fishing

Working together with farmers, fishermen, seasonal workers, politicians, chefs, retailers and consumers, artists are asked to investigate and respond to the locally grown, caught, gathered and reared food chain. They will explore the past, present and future implications of agricultural practices in Jersey, while interacting with and responding to existing infrastructures, social and economic conditions and the products themselves.

Please make all applications through CuratorSpace and use the "Contact the curator" button below if you have any questions.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Selection criteria

The morning boat is a multi-disciplinary programme. Among others, we welcome proposals from architects, film makers, theater practitioners, puppeteers, choreographers, robotic engineers, writers, sculptors, sound artists, musicians, textile designers, food artists, interdisciplinary collectives and undefinable practices. A specialism in public art practices (either as ‘interventions’ or as live programmed events) may be helpful, but is not essential.
When is the deadline?
10th of February 2017
How many works can I submit?
As many project ideas as you wish!
When is the delivery date?
During 2017 and 2018
How much does it cost?
Are there payments to artists?

Artists will receive an artist fee of between 1800 and 2000 pounds for a period of approximately four weeks in Jersey. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and accommodation will be provided. A small production budget will be available for materials and a network of partners are standing by to provide additional material and logistical support. The curatorial team will assist you throughout the residency, but a level of autonomy is desirable.

Should additional funds be available, longer periods of research and production can be negotiated. If preferred, the residency can be split into two shorter visits.

Artists working collaboratively or with children are free to apply and should include this information in their application.

Accommodation will vary depending on the time of year you visit Jersey and your individual needs. Most options available to us include cooking facilities. We will ensure that you are kept comfortable during your stay!

Artists may be asked to engage with local, national and international radio, television, newspapers, online platforms and specialist publications. There will also be opportunities to present your project or practice to community groups and educational institutions. Projects will be featured on a dedicated website, linked to local partners and a social media profile.

Projects will be documented in a variety of appropriate mediums. Documentation will be provided to the artists to use as they wish.
What is the selection criteria?
In short, we are looking for:

Artists whose work excites us (and artists who are excited by The morning boat).
Artists whose work, personality and methodology feels suitable to the local contexts within which they will be working.
Artists able and willing to develop exciting new work within a limited period of time.
Artists with a provocative idea for engaging with the island of Jersey and those who live here, or an interesting focus for research, or a vision for an exciting project that might be presented on the island.

Application process

Please submit your application on Curator Space by February 10th 2017.

Applications should include:

A detailed portfolio or links to work that clearly illustrates your artistic practice.
A short statement detailing your interests and methodology as an artist.
Your reasons for applying to The Morning Boat.
Your current availability over the next two years.
Where you heard about the project.
Any other information you feel is relevant to your application.

Please note: Although we welcome suggestions and ideas for public presentations of work, we do not expect finished ideas, due to the research based, collaborative and site responsive nature of the programme. We are more interested in the kind of work you do and how you imagine going about doing it in Jersey, in relation to the themes we are exploring.

In February we will contact shortlisted artists to discuss their proposals, methodology, timescales and potential partners. We hope to start inviting artists to conduct preliminary research in March 2017. Dates remain flexible, but may sometimes need to correlate with yearly cycles within the agriculture and fishing industries.

We aim to invite between 2 and 3 artists/artist teams each year.

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