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Commissions

Journeys Festival International 2021 will take place in October in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth.

 

In collaboration with the Liberty EU programme, we are inviting artists to apply for commissioning opportunities as part of LOOK UP and YOUR CITY IS A WORLD OF ITS OWN to be included in our ambitious 2021 programme.

 

We welcome applications from artists based in the UK and EU, and are particularly interested to hear from artists who have experience of the UK immigration system, or are from sanctuary seeking or refugee heritage backgrounds.

 

Full details of the projects and available commissions are below.

Selfie Time at Journeys Live, Manchester Cathedral Gardens 2018.

 

Call for Artists and Mentors - LOOK UP 2021

LOOK UP 2021, produced by ArtReach, will be a collaborative visual arts mentorship programme, hosted by Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and coculture, Berlin, Germany.

Four European-based artists from sanctuary-seeking backgrounds will be mentored by established arts professionals to create new visual artworks for the public realm. The artists will develop new work which will be installed in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth as part of Journeys Festival International 2021 (15th – 25th October), and will take part in two short residencies which will take place between June-August 2021, at Aspex, Portsmouth and coculture, Berlin, and/or online- dependent on COVID travel restrictions.

LOOK UP - Leicester 2019

 Portrait of a City

Details and Eligibility

Artists: 

There will be a fee for each artist of £3,000, as well as access to an additional materials and travel budget.  

To apply, artists must be: 

  • Able to produce new work in a digital format for exhibition in public spaces 

  • From a sanctuary-seeking background or with refugee heritage  

  • Under the age of 30  

  • Europe-based (UK and EU) 

  • Permitted to work in their country of residence 

 

Mentors: 

Two mentors will be selected to work with the artists, facilitate the residencies in Portsmouth, Berlin or online, and guide the creation process of the new work.  

There will be a fee for each mentor of £1,800 to cover mentoring support across several sessions between June-October 2021. 

To apply, mentors must be: 

  • Experienced in creating/exhibiting artworks for the public realm 

  • Established in their career as an artist or arts professional 

  • Able to inspire and encourage early career artists in their aspirations, providing practical insight and guidance 

  • Able to support artists from a sanctuary-seeking background or with refugee heritage  

  • Europe-based (UK and EU) 

  • Permitted to work in their country of residence 

For details on how to apply please read further below.

Artist, Svetlana Ochkovskaya, discusses LOOK UP 2019, Searching for Home, at Journeys Festival International Portsmouth 2019 at Aspex Gallery.

How to Apply

Overview:  

The opportunity will allow selected artists to create new work that explores the role of art in the public realm and the impact of social messaging in public spaces. It will give young artists who are new to the UK/EU the opportunity to create a response to their new country / city / environment and exchange their views, feelings and opinions of this with their peers. Through mentoring support, artists will be challenged to develop their practice and create new work that is site responsive and of a significant scale, impacting the place/s it is installed. 

Artists will attend two short, intensive residencies (either in person or online) that will be designed to explore and exchange ideas as well as develop relationships between the artists and mentors. Artistic ideas for the work will be formed and developed at these sessions, alongside learning about similar approaches taken by established artists/arts professionals working in this field. Between and after these sessions, artists will create the new work and have access to the mentor to discuss progress and finalise the work.   

 

Format: 

The final work will be in a 2D digital format which can be easily resized and reproduced to be installed on existing city infrastructure, such as but not limited to: billboards (digital and paper), buses and public transport, public poster sites, phone boxes, internet distribution boxes, flags and sail banners etc. Publicly installed work will be documented to allow for it to also be shown in a gallery context. 

We are particularly interested in thought provoking responses to the current social moment, in line with the uplifting sentiment of the project title LOOK UP. 

Applications:

Artist applications will be via this form: LOOK UP 2021 Artist Application

Mentor applications be via this form: LOOK UP 2021 Mentor Application

 

Application deadline:  Monday 26th April, 5:00pm

 

To submit your application in another format or language please email commissions@artreach.biz 

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Journeys Festival International is an annual arts festival that takes place in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. The festival curates, presents and commissions a varied programme of work created by artists that explores the refugee experience and global cultures through artistic and creative encounters.

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LIBERTY EU is an exciting international arts programme exploring and celebrating freedom, led by ArtReach. Focusing on the positive impact of creative integration through art and culture, LIBERTY EU is an ambitious and innovative creative response to current challenges facing the European Union.

For more information visit: LIBERTY EU

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Aspex Gallery is Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, and has been supporting emerging artists and makers for 40 years.

For further information see www.aspex.org.uk

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coculture is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation created as a response to the challenges faced by displaced cultural producers in the Middle East, Europe and beyond. coculture focuses on addressing different facets of these issues through a broad scope of projects and activities, ranging from artistic to socially-oriented, aiming to improve the situation of artists in exile while actively contributing to the local cultural scene.

For further information see www.coculture.de

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Call For Artist – Your City Is A World Of Its Own

Your City Is A World Of Its Own, produced by ArtReach, will be an interactive city-wide experience encouraging people to learn about the cultures and experiences of young refugees who call their city home. Forming part of Creative Europe funded project Liberty EU, the experience will take place in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth as part of Journeys Festival International (15th–24th October 2021).


A Lead Artist, from a sanctuary seeking background or with refugee heritage, is sought to shape and design the final experience for audience members, working with Outreach Facilitators in each city, EU based artists and a Tech Lead (if required) to deliver a meaningful and accessible experience for audience members throughout the festival dates.

See below for further information.

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Future Aleppo, hosted with Alex Pearson at Phoenix as part of Journeys Festival International Leicester, 2018.

Project Overview


The piece will be created through a collaboration between the Lead Artist, three UK based outreach facilitators, EU based artists and a Tech Lead (if required). Local Outreach Facilitators have already been appointed in each city to work with unaccompanied asylum seekers in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth, using creative writing to explore the young people’s experience of their city, where
is important to them, stories, traditions and food of their communities.

 

We are working in partnership with British Red Cross (Portsmouth), After18 (Leicester) and The Hope Project (Manchester) to support these workshops.
 

The Lead Artist will be required to develop a direction and focus for the project responding to the themes and spaces being explored within creative writing produced by the groups and to provide a focus for ongoing workshops. Utilising the writing the Lead Artist will create a walking tour of each city that engages with the spaces and experiences shared by participants, encouraging audiences to
discover stories and view their city through different eyes.

 

Rosie Poebright, an experienced Digital Story Experience Mentor will support the Lead Artist at key points to help advise and support the development of the piece.


The final experience will be accessible on mobile phones and easy to use for audiences with English as a secondary language, it will be available in three cities as part of Journeys Festival International (Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth) in October 2021, with the option for future touring in 2022.

For details on how to apply please read further below.

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Future Aleppo, hosted with Alex Pearson at Phoenix as part of Journeys Festival International Leicester, 2018.

How to Apply

Eligibility


To apply artists must be:

  • Able to design and produce a digital interactive city-wide experience (a Tech Lead will be contracted to complete the build and technical design if the Lead Artist doesn’t possess these skills)

  • From a sanctuary seeking background or with refugee heritage

  • Under the age of 30 

  • UK based

  • Permitted to work in the UK

Fee


Lead Artist: £7000


Tech Lead: £5000 (This role and the fee can be combined if the Lead Artist possesses the necessary
skills to develop the technology side of the piece)


A wider budget is available for installation and travel costs etc. which ArtReach holds and will make
available in discussion with the Lead Artist.

To Apply


To find out more about the opportunity please email commissions@artreach.biz


To apply for the opportunity please send a short covering letter and an up-to-date CV, including any examples of previous work, to commissions@artreach.biz stating ‘Your City Lead Artist’ in the subject line by  Monday 26th April 5:00pm.

Project Timeline


April - Lead Artist contracted and feeds into direction of creative writing workshops.
May - Lead Artist to join a workshop in each city. Liaising with Outreach Facilitators to understand content created and draw out themes. Begin to develop a direction for the experience.

June - Continue to design and explore possible iterations for the final experience. Liaise with EU based artists to create complimentary assets around the theme of the piece.

July - Building and testing.

August - Building and testing.

September - Final experience completed by mid-September

October - 15th to 24th October – final piece goes live in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth.

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Future Aleppo, hosted with Alex Pearson at Phoenix as part of Journeys Festival International Leicester, 2018.

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Journeys Festival International is an annual arts festival that takes place in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. The festival curates, presents and commissions a varied programme of work created by artists that explores the refugee experience and global cultures through artistic and creative encounters.

Liberty_logo_black.png

LIBERTY EU is an exciting international arts programme exploring and celebrating freedom, led by ArtReach. Focusing on the positive impact of creative integration through art and culture, LIBERTY EU is an ambitious and innovative creative response to current challenges facing the European Union.

For more information visit: LIBERTY EU

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