ARTIST COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY – BLINK

The words Paper Peace in front of a touring vehicle
Designed by Kathryn Corlett

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 Swale) and Vivacity (Peterborough).

Ideas Test are supporting a group of Young Producers aged 18-25 who have researched and designed this brief to create an installation to be shown in North Kent. We are seeking an artist to respond to this brief and engage with this fantastic project in 2019.

The interactive installation created by the commissioned artist will be situated inside an ‘eye’ structure designed by Ruta Irbite. The artwork will be able to hold up to 25 people at a time and will measure approx 8m x 4.4m at its largest points. The structure will be able to accommodate light, electricity and sound if needed. The 5 eye structure will feature work by partner locations and the audience will travel through all of the spaces, in staggered waves, as part of their journey.

 

Aim

Through your artwork, we want the audience to think about the experiences of immigrants and refugees arriving in Medway and Swale. The use of water is essential, as is the inclusion of our central theme exploration, as these capture the essence of our main ideas.

 

Brief

The installation will be:

● Interactive

● Viewed from dawn to dusk

● For a maximum of 25 people at a time

● Participatory

● Able to travel across the UK

● In consultation with Kent Refugee Action Network throughout the process

 

The installation must collectively activated and/or explore the power of collective action and the commissioned artist must actively work with Medway and Swale young producers for some part of the commission.

The use of performers to convey an experience is optional – performers should add to the experience but not be the experience.

 

Skills and experience

You will preferably have the following skills and experience:

● Open-minded and inclusive

● Can keep to the timescale, budget and criteria

● Have created an installation previously

● Effective communication skills

 

Budget:

£7,000 inclusive of artist’s fee, expenses and all materials.

 

How to apply :

Please send-

● An example of your style of work

● An updated CV

● A short proposal on how you would respond to the commission brief

Please send applications to jack@ideastest.co.uk before 12 noon on 12th August.

Any questions that you have in advance – please address to our Paper Peace Young Producers via jack@ideastest.co.uk.

 

For more details including a timeline please download this Artist Commission Brief:

Paper Peace Commission- Ideas Test