Artist Commission for Sounds From the Other City 2015 FEE 2500 including materials ABOUT Sounds From the Other City: SFTOC, celebrating its 11th year as Salfords premier new music festival in 2015, has featured a huge variety of upcoming artists, including the likes of The Ting Tings, Alt-J, Marina and the Diamonds, Sampha, PINS, Veronica Falls and Willy Mason to name a few. Since its inception SFTOC has always had a strong blend of visual art and music activities, a feature that we aim to not only continue but to integrate more fully into the heart of each festival edition. In previous years, we have worked with artists to produce exhibitions in traditional and non-traditional gallery settings, guerilla artworks, on-street performance art and a whole host of audio-visual performances within unusual spaces, culminating in last years collaboration with Volkov Commanders (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbaMPIgoEho). Sounds has become one of the countrys foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent. Music OMH SFTOC itself is the truest representation of what Manchester music is today. NME As anyone who has ever attended it will know, Sounds from the Other City is a much-treasured event, an antidote to the bloated corporate music festivals that loom on the horizon at this time of year. The Skinny Each year we work with some of the North Wests finest music promoters, inviting them to each curate a stage based on their individual tastes and interests. Organising a festival in this more democratic fashion, ensures a wide variety of acts across a multitude of genres, fostering a sense of an alternative, something for everyone, allowing and encouraging an audience to witness acts you would ordinarily never come across. We work with venues and spaces along Chapel St, the historic heart of Salford, that range from small back rooms in pubs, huge University Halls, breweries, community centres, shops, galleries and many of the spaces in between, including in 2014 hosting our first outside stage.
This is a one off commission to fund an Artist, Designer or Creative Producer to create visual and experiential unity across the many disparate and individual locations and venues of SFTOC 2015, paying close attention to the festival aesthetic, atmosphere and overall audience experience. The ideal candidate(s) may be:
Artists that can create a connection between the various communities, venues and spaces, fostering a cohesive atmosphere, and providing a unity of experience.
Artists that work with the community and engage the festival audience preceding and during the festival event.
Artists that have an understanding of the festival. Artists that have ambitious, large scale artistic ideas.
The proposal could be (but not limited to):
A mobile App Interactive Game Costume/Interactive performance(s) Co-ordination - curate and facilitate an idea that involves the work of many
people Workshop/learning experiences in the run up and during the day Visual Stimulation across the site, illustrative, projections Music related interactive performances
We welcome proposals from individuals, collectives or joint applications. All applications will be judged on their realistic delivery as well as its creative idea. We are most interested in a proposal that will enhance the strengths of the event; celebrating the curious, the peculiar and the often over-looked, unified in a one day celebration of the spirit of independence within the active members of the creative community of Salford and Manchester.
PREVIOUS EXAMPLE In 2014, Volkov Commanders became the first collective to work on a commission of this type at SFTOC. In celebration of the festivals 10 years the group worked alongside the directors, promoters and poster designers, to create one big birthday party themed intervention. Volkov Commanders brought previous SFTOC poster characters to life, drawing on their interests in costume design, sound art and performance. They encouraged
many local artists to create their own costumes in a series of workshops in the months preceding the event and created both a promotional video along with a processional parade of characters that emerged throughout the day, from the bottom to the top of the festival site along Chapel St. They also took part in performances across various stages as different characters and worked with local musicians and drag acts to work on new performances. The overall impact on the look, feel and experience of the festival was significant, as witnessed in the round up video of the days events (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbaMPIgoEho). Applications deadline: Wednesday 25th February, 5pm Interviews to be held: Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd March Selection made: Wednesday March 5th N.B The option of a studio space for the development of the project can be available on negotiation If you are interested then please fill out the following application and send it to email@example.com by Wednesday 25th February 2015, 5pm. If you have any questions or queries regarding the festival or this commission then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org This commission is funded by Arts Council England.
Full Name Address
Email Telephone TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF & YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE (250 WORDS MAX)
ABOUT YOUR IDEA Working Title What is your Idea? (250 WORDS MAX)
BUDGET How would you use the 2500? TIMELINE What are your milestones? (250 WORDS MAX) IN SUMMARY Why should we commission your idea? (250 WORDS MAX)