Artist call out for the African Summer, Horniman Museum and Gardens

A commission for artists or companies across a range of art forms and cultures

Open Until:

Posted: 03/10/2015

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is looking to
commission artists or companies across a range of art forms and cultures
to create new work for a series of events happening in July and August
2015. These performances will be part of the Horniman summer festival,
which will celebrate Africa with a programme of music, dance, theatre,
street arts and more.

We are looking for exciting artists to create original artistic
responses to our African collections. These new commissions would
complement our summer programme and be presented at a series of
large-scale events during the festival:

  • Opening event: Sunday 5 July: 12-6pm: a day of site-specific dance,
    music, street arts, interactive performances and pop up activities
    across the Horniman Gardens
  • Summer Late: Thursday 6 August: 6.30-9.30pm: a cross arts
    after-hours event for adults celebrating contemporary African culture
    with a mix of music, dance, installations and films
  • Big Wednesdays: 29 July, 12, 19 and 26 August: 12-4pm:
    family-friendly daytime events including dance, theatre, storytelling
    and workshops

All projects must draw inspiration from the Horniman’s African
collections or have a strong connection with Africa. We strongly
encourage artists from Africa and African diaspora communities to apply
for these bursaries.

We expect applications to be for new work only. Applications may include:

  • Dance, theatre, street arts, circus or cross-arts performances in the gardens
  • Site-specific interventions or promenade performances
  • Interactive activities across art and craft forms

This is not an exhaustive list and we are open to your suggestions.

We will offer two types of bursaries:

  • Three commissions of £2,000 each: these are to create free
    large-scale performances in the Horniman Gardens and presented on
    minimum two dates during the summer festival. These commissions should
    also include an element of public engagement (e.g. artist’s talk, art or
    dance workshops)
  • Up to three micro-commissions between £300 and £1,000: these are to
    create smaller interventions or projects presented at one or more events
    of the summer festival.

Deadline for applications: Monday 30 March 2015 at 10.30am

For more info and how to apply: please download the application pack on: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/about/commissions 

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