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Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival – Call for artists

The 2016 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival will be an eight day festival opening with a weekend of free outdoor events throughout the town. The festival aims to increase engagement with the arts through inclusive and accessible events across a range of disciplines, the majority of which will be free and unrestricted. The festival is delivered by Bournemouth Borough Council with the support of Arts Council England.

Venues for the 2016 festival encompass Bournemouth’s gardens, waterfront arena, beachfront and pier, as well as over a dozen small gig spaces, theatres, libraries and cafes. The Art Brief for this year is ‘Visions and Voyages’ (details below).

Call for Artists

The festival is inviting artists working across a range of disciplines to apply to create a new commission for the festival. Successful artist applicants will receive funding, publicity around their commission and support from the festival’s production team to realise their idea. This opportunity may be well suited to early career artists, though anybody is eligible to apply.

Applicant proposals may be focused on, but not limited to, the following genres:

1) Outdoor sculptural works in the Lower Gardens.

2) Outdoor performance and participatory works in the Lower Gardens, Town Square or waterfront.

3) Outdoor light installations based in the Central Gardens.

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival are particularly interested in works that:

1) Explore the concept of journeys through our ‘Visions and Voyages’ Art Brief.

2) Have accessible visual appeal, making a strong impact on the festival audience.

3) Encourages play and exploration of the work.

Please note: applicants are not required to show their work for the duration of the festival, and should focus on a restricted period of time. For more advice, please use the contact email at the end of this application.

Commission Levels

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival will be awarding three new commissions, to include:

1 x lead commission / £3500

3 x supporting commissions / £2000

Artists are invited to submit proposals until midnight on June 01, 2016.

Find more information and application details here. Good luck!


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