National CALL OUT
Submissions Open: 5pm Tuesday 16 June 2015
Submissions Close: 5pm Monday 3 August 2015
Notification: September 2015
SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 to be held in Tasmania from 10 - 22 January 2016
Salamanca Arts Centre presents SITUATE Art in Festivals national call out for Early Career Artists and creative practitioners working experimentally to apply for the second SITUATE Arts Lab to be held along side MONA FOMA in 2016.
“Artists will be encouraged to think in new ways about the presentation of art for large-scale public events and to tackle the logistics involved inscaling up for complex and ambitious projects in an outdoor setting.” - Kelli Alred the program’s Executive Producer said.
The development program includes a residential, interdisciplinary artist laboratory led by national and international artists, curators and designers held in Tasmania, followed by a mentoring phase to assist the artists in refining proposals to work with the official partner festivals – Dark Mofo, MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival,Fringe World, Vrystaat Arts Festival and WOMADelaide. Up to fifteen artists who can demonstrate the potential to engage with festival audiences and work site-specifically, as well as artists prepared to take risks will be selected by a national Curatorium to participate with accommodation, flights, per diems and an honorarium provided.
The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working experimentally in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art and performance across a range of creative pursuits.
The SITUATE Arts Lab is an immersive intensive two-week program of provocation and mentoring designed to stimulate ideas and extend artists’ knowledge. Artists are invited to exchange ideas, work collaboratively, and contribute their experience to develop proposals for making temporary artworks for public space environments.
The first SITUATE Arts Lab was produced and hosted by Salamanca Arts Centre from 21 June - 5 July 2013 coinciding with the first Dark MOFO Festival.
Dark MOFO Creative Director Leigh Carmichael recently said in Real Time magazine, “When Dark MOFO partnered with Situate Art in Festivals in 2013, I didn’t know quite what to expect—either from the artists, or of the festival itself. The proposals coming out of the Situate Arts Lab were very strong. I was interested in four proposals in particular, all challenging and risk-taking in different ways. Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba came through because of the melding of ancient mythology with high-tech, and his community’s commitment to sharing culture.”
Several artworks have been selected for development and presentation including:
- Tyrone Sheather’s responsive installation, Giidanyba (Sky Beings) is currently showing as part of Dark MOFO in 2015 and Amanda Shone is working towards a project in MONA FOMA 2016. Vryfees in South Africa delivered Plastic Histories, a sculptural intervention projectby Cigdem Aydemir in 2014 and commissioned a participatory performance work titled The White Horse by Jess Olivieri for their 2015Vrystaat Arts Festival program.
- Michaela Gleave is working with Womadelaide, on the development of an installation project titled Our Tomorrows Forever Now towards presentation at the 2016 festival. Fringe World in Perth and Darwin Festival remain in discussion with a number of other SITUATE 2013 artists.
The SITUATE Arts Lab is a key feature of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a Salamanca Arts Centre project designed to support outstanding Early Career Artists to develop new Australian experimental artworks for diverse festival environments, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.