STAGE 0: National CALL OUT

Salamanca Arts Centre has partnered with Dark MOFO and MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival, HARVEST MUSIC AND ARTS, FRINGE WORLD, WOMADelaide and Vryfees in South Africa to bring you SITUATE Art in Festivals.

SITUATE Art in Festivals is a new program designed to support Early Career Artists and creative practitioners (in the first 5 years of full-time professional practice or equivalent part-time) interested in creating outstanding new works for festival environments.

The program includes a residential interdisciplinary Artist Laboratory (Arts Lab) to test ideas, a mentoring program with leading producers to help realize these ideas and a commissioning phase to facilitate the presentation and promotion of new work at partnering festivals.

Up to 15 Artists from across Australia will be selected to participate in the Arts Lab. The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art, performance and other creative pursuits.

Early Career Artists who can demonstrate the potential to engage festival audiences and work site-specifically AND artists prepared to take risks and embrace challenges will be selected by our Curatorium to take part.

Successful applicants will begin by participating in the SITUATE Arts Lab in Tasmania to fuel cross-fertilisation of ideas and artforms.

  • Applications Open: 25 March – 8 April 2013
  • Announcement : 6 May 2013

STAGE 1: Arts Lab 21 June to 5 July 2013 in Tasmania

Arts Lab is an intensive 15 day creative development residency in Hobart, Tasmania for Early Career Artists accepted in to the program. At the Arts Lab, Co-Ordinating Provocateur Paul Gazzola and established artists (Provocateurs) will encourage and support new ways of thinking about projects suited to large-scale public events and festival environments. Provocateurs will cover a range of practices, balancing skills and backgrounds, gender and cultural equality.

Accommodation, flights, per diems and an Honorarium will be provided for successful Early Career Artists accepted in to the Arts Lab.

The Arts Lab will be held alongside Dark MoFo, the new MONA winter festival (14 -24 June), providing practical insight into a festival environment. The Arts Lab will include a briefing session with SITUATE’s festival partners and an artist presentation session.

Ideas developed during the Arts Lab will be offered support for further development.

STAGE 2: Concept and Proposal Refinement July 2013

Following the Arts Lab, artists will further develop their ideas with the assistance of SITUATE staff (via skype & email) ready for Festival consideration.

SITUATE Arts Lab participants then will then submit a maximum 2 page document and support material outlining the following:

  • Artist / Team name
  • Contact details
  • Overall idea to be explored
  • Response to Festival Brief/s
  • How the idea will engage with selected Festival site/s + audience
  • Outline availability from Stage 3 through to Stage 7

Concepts will then be selected by the Curatorium to proceed to Stage 3.

STAGE 3: Creative Development August – October 2013

Selected artists will enter a 10 week mentor phase to develop their project, and work towards developing a detailed proposal, including a budget and schedule to be presented to the Festival Panel.

Artists selected for this phase will enter into a mentorship agreement with a Producer, and will receive support including:

  • Assistance in developing key project management skills to ensure the successful delivery of the project
  • Assistance in sourcing additional funding (in-kind & cash) to deliver the project
  • Access to technical support and equipment to develop and deliver the project

During this stage, 3 face-to-face skype calls / meetings will be held with the SITUATE Executive Producer and Salamanca Arts Centre to provide guidance.

STAGE 4 : Presentation of Project Proposals Late October 2013

Project proposals will be submitted to the Festival Panel in late October for possible commissioning. Projects will be uploaded to the website for additional funding and promotional support. While there is no guarantee that one of our partner festivals will commission your project, our objective is to provide every opportunity for them to do so.

STAGE 5: Commissioning November 2013                                               

Commissioned projects will be announced on-line and receive a production budget and an artist fee. Assistance in sourcing additional funding to deliver the project will also be made available should that be required.

STAGE 6: Production December 2013 onwards

This production stage is assisted by a Producer and SITUATE’S Creative Executive Producer to oversee production of the work and to mediate the relationship between Festival and Artist. Publicity and promotion of the work will continue with the support of the SITUATE team.

STAGE: Presentation and Touring Across 2014 / 2015

Commissioned works will be presented at various festivals across Australia and offered for international touring.

Photo Credit: MONA/Rémi Chauvin Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.