Very exciting commissioning opportunities for early career artists based in the North of England – 10 x £1,500 + 3 months support. The proposals will respond to the theme of ‘The Living Planet’.

Deadline: Sunday 26 April 2020 at midnight.

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FACT Together will offer 10 early-career artists a grant of £1,500 each to create a new work for online presentation, responding to FACT’s 2020 programme, The Living Planet. Alongside this, each artist will receive mentorship from the FACT team who will support them in the development, production and promotion of their proposals. This professional development will also include group sessions with all recipients of FACT Together, creating a virtual support network. All contact between FACT and the artists will be online, ensuring that everyone is encouraged to stay home and keep safe.

We are looking for proposals that will respond to The Living Planet. This theme examines our relationship with the natural world, exploring ways in which wildlife, plantlife and ecological systems have responded to the impact of human actions. The main areas of interest are:

  • The importance of non-human perspectives and how different ways of seeingand communicating, change and challenge the way we see the world around us, and our place within it. How does the way we see the world, and the way we communicate restrict us? How might we use art and digital culture to overcome these barriers or disrupt the norm?
  • The systems of which we are all a part of, and how actions affect not only one area, but everything. How can understanding the planet in this way alter our behaviours, as well as our relationships with those who may not be able to affect the system itself?
  • How do we define a community? How do we create trust between, and care for, those within our community? What possibilities are there for humans and other species to be better aligned once we start to see broader connections?
  • The importance of rituals to human life, and how non-humans (plants and animals) feature heavily within rituals in many cultures. How do our rituals -including everything from daily digital rituals to those more spiritual ones- reinforce alienation, and how can they instead help us move towards understanding, compassion and representation?

Eligibility

  • FACT Together is open to all artists living and working in the North of England (as defined by Arts Council England which includes North West, Yorkshire and North East).
  • This scheme is aimed at early-career artists. We define an early-career artist as someone in the early stages of their professional career as an artist. This is usually someone who has been working on their practice for more than 2 years.
  • We are looking for proposals from artists of all backgrounds and accessibility needs.
  • No previous experience of making digital work is necessary, however, an awareness of online channels is important.
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