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The closing date for this vacancy is Friday 13th December 2019.
Artist commission for BALTIC Family Days; a two-day programme of activity on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 February 2020 for the families of Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne exploring the idea of Care
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art offers two artist-led half-term family events per year. We are looking for an artist/artists based in the North East of England to work with us for the forthcoming February edition of BALTIC Family Days.
BALTIC Family Days aims to forge new, reciprocal relationships with constituents from socially and culturally excluded communities in the most economically deprived wards in Tyne and Wear. Our community programme predominantly takes place off-site and Family Days are an opportunity for us to host our diverse constituents at BALTIC. We are interested in the ways BALTIC can become a shared space of exchange and intergenerational experience and what engagement means in this context.
For this commission, we are interested in developing work around the idea of care. The challenge for the selected artist/s is to produce work that can facilitate exchange between families / different generations / visitors of all ages and offer to up to 1500 visitors per day opportunities for access and deep focussed engagement. The proposals must be for projects that are fully accessible and suitable for children of all ages. The activity will take place in our Level 1 performance space, measuring approximately 13m x 17.5m.
For previous editions we have explored engagement in various ways. In 2017, we invited artist Nicola Singh to deliver the performative work Animal Energies which addressed the idea of a direct, 1-to-1 relationship between artist, collaborators and audiences. In 2018, artist Katie Schwab’s project Knots considered collaborative making, taking local weaving traditions as a starting point to consider making and community. In 2019, Sophie Lee Beresford considered the relationship between humans and animals and the future of our planet and explored collective experience, drawing on elements of rave culture which are particular to the North East. For our latest edition, artists Emma Cousin, Tim Spooner and Amy Lord considered the idea of care through the collaborative-making of drawing and sculpture.
The artist fee for the project is £960. The fee is calculated based on 2 expected preparation days at £240 and 2 Family Days project days at the same rate.
We have a project budget of £1000 to include production costs, materials and any artist travel.
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