Thursday, November 27, 2014

Call to artists: Look Again 2015 - North East Scotland

Practitioners from a wide spectrum of creative disciplines are invited to submit proposals for a site-specific commission to take place in Aberdeen as part of the inaugural Look Again 2015.
Introduction - Look Again - ‘Forging Creative Connections’ Look Again 2015 is a five-day focus on visual art and design taking place in Aberdeen, Scotland. The festival will commence on Wednesday 8 April and will continue until Sunday 12 April, working with various partners and across a variety of venues and locations.
Our ambition is for Look Again to grow and develop into a larger annual festival that will showcase the very best in visual art and design in North East Scotland.
Artist Brief – ‘Look at Me!’
Deadline: 07 December 2014 at 17:00
Aberdeen’s city centre has a diverse range of sculptures. These range from traditional to contemporary and perform many functions, such as commemoration, memorial and remembrance, as well as the expression of ideas. As part of the festivals first years focus on visual arts and design we are interested in applicants responding to the traditional figurative statues, which form part of an existing sculpture trail within Aberdeen city.
We believe these monuments have become like wallpaper to the residents of Aberdeen and through a new and inspiring piece of public art we wish to highlight their historical references, unheard stories and lively anecdotes.
These creative interventions will re-engage our residents with this trail; becoming tourists in their own city. Many of these public sculptures date from the 19th century, and artists, when developing their proposal, may wish to reflect on how modern considerations of ethnicity and gender balance could be addressed in their projects.
We would like to invite applicants to design elements for the sculptures that are a new creative intervention and will redress these monuments; this can take the form of oversized jewellery, a complete textile wrap, a change of colour. It is up to the individual or group to create an intervention that will engage the general public to look again at an existing historical sculpture.
This opportunity is open to all artists, designers as well as creative thinkers and makers. We have identified seven sculptures within Aberdeen city centre and one site has been earmarked for applicants to engage and work with a community or group, to develop the project and together redress the piece of public art. We welcome applications from individuals, groups and collectives and each applicant can apply for more than one site or all the sites.
*A total budget of £13,800.00 is available for 6 of the commissions.
(Each site has a budget of £2300.00)
*Community Engagement Commission - £4300.00
How to apply:
If you are interested in this opportunity and for further information, please contact SMART Consultants (Producers of Look Again 2015 in partnership with RGU) to request a full brief.
Email: or call 01224561977,
The deadline is Sunday 07 December 2014 at 17:00pm.

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