Call for participation: Escalator Visual ArtsPosted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, September 22. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - DEADLINE EXTENDED ESCALATOR VISUAL ARTS
Wysing Arts Centre invites applications for the artistic retreat The Economics of the Art System.
Following the success of Neither Here Nor There, the second Escalator artistic retreat The Economics of the Art System will take an in depth look at the art market, exploring the financial and cultural economies that drive the industry. After the unprecedented success of contemporary art sales in recent years with the emergence of new fairs, collectors and new markets internationally, the global financial crisis has raised questions about the long term viability of the art market. From commercial galleries, collectors and art fairs, to the influence of auction houses this retreat will question the value of art as commodity and the commercial influences on artists' practices, as well as considering survival tactics for artists, curators and gallerists.
Contributors include: Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World, and Francis Outred, Head of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christies. The retreat will also provide the opportunity for individual critical feedback from peers and invited curators, artists and theorists.
The retreat is open to any visual artist or curator living and/or working in the East of England. 10 artists and/or curators will be invited to attend the retreat following a selection process (details below).
The retreat will take place from 26-29 October 2009. The deadline for applications to attend the retreat is 5pm, Friday 25 September.
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 2 October.
How to Apply
There is no form to fill in to apply for the retreat. Instead you are asked to answer the following three questions in your application and also to provide the information listed below. Wysing is happy to receive MP3/4 files or DVDs instead of written applications.
1. How is this retreat relevant to your practice at this time? (max 250 words)
2. What do you think you can bring to the retreat? (max 250 words)
3. What would you want to get out of the retreat? (max 250 words)
Please also provide:
- A statement on your practice (max 500 words)
- A current CV
- A selection of 6 images or other material that represents your practice (cds, dvds, etc)
- If you wish to apply for a bursary (see below) then please include this information.
- If you wish to book a bed in our farmhouse (see below) then please include this information.
- Please also include information on any dietary or access needs.
Following submission, retreat participants will be selected by the Royal College of Art's MA in Curating students and lecturers, with Wysing's Curatorial Team (Donna Lynas and Lotte Juul Petersen).
Selection will be based on proposals received following the Call for Participation and will be based on the information provided as described in How to Apply.
Wysing can provide free accommodation in our farmhouse. All rooms are for multiple use and we are not able to offer individual rooms. Facilities include shared bathrooms, living room and kitchen.
A small number of bursaries are available to any applicant in need of financial support to attend the retreats. Those wishing to apply for a
bursary are invited to write no more than 250 words on how much financial support they would need to enable them to attend the retreat
and what the money would be used for.
Post Retreat Funding
All artists attending the retreat will be invited to propose ideas to develop their findings from it further, either jointly or individually.
A number of proposals (dependant on numbers submitted and amounts) from each retreat will then be selected and supported to submit applications to Grants for the Arts to realise their ideas.
The retreats are free to participants. Meals are also provided free of charge. For any specific information please call 01954 718881 or email escalator -at- wysingartscentre.org
Calls for participation for forthcoming retreats will be made two months
in advance of each retreat. The subject of the next retreat is:
January 2010 Distribution Methods
Call for Participation to go out November 2009
Escalator is the pioneering talent plan from Arts Council England, East that finds, supports and invests in the best artistic talent across all artforms throughout the East of England. Escalator is establishing the East of England as the leading UK region for talent development. Since it launched in 2003, Escalator has helped over 250 artists to develop their work, forge new partnerships and reach new audiences.