Call for artists in North West England
arts – sciences – digital – nature
18th-26th September 2021
outdoors and online
Entangled is a week-long outdoor and online festival coming to Morecambe Bay this September.
What we’re looking for:
We want to commission four artists who are living in North West England and working in any art form. You’ll need to be curious about, and keen to respond to, current research in environmental science and digital technologies. You’ll have full support from the research team when developing your work, so you’re not expected to be an expert in these areas.
We’d like artists to produce an engaging temporary artwork, event, encounter, or activity that will form a key part of our festival.
There are four commissions, one for each of the following themes: flooding, biodiversity, soils, and modelling futures. For additional info on each commission please see the final section of this call.
Who’s behind the festival?
The event is being organised by Ensemble, a team of environmental science, computing and design researchers, and artists at Lancaster University. You can find out more about our work here: https://www.ensembleprojects.org/
What’s involved in the commissions?
You will need to commit to responding to the brief and to meeting with the research team on at least 2-3 occasions to develop your work in a format that can be shared outdoors and/or in some way online (this may be through a recording, documentation, or downloadable version of an activity).
You might develop a walk, dance, temporary sculpture, postal project, piece of music, performance art, or pop-up outdoor activity. You could plan for a one-off timed outdoor event in the Morecambe Bay area or develop a place-based self-led activity that people can get involved with at any time during the festival.
All artforms and activities must take social distancing and inclusion and accessibility into account. We’re aiming to come up with safe and inspiring ways of bringing an interactive festival feel to all audience members.
Deadline for submissions to this call: 5pm (BST) Monday 5th July
Artists notified of selection decisions by: Wednesday 14th July
Online intro meeting: a date to be negotiated in July
Work-in-progress check-in: a date to be negotiated in early August
Work to be finalised by: Friday 10th September
What’s the fee?
The fee is £2000 for each commission and this includes any materials and transport costs.
You should be registered as self-employed and responsible for your own tax and National Insurance as a self-employed artist.
If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will budget for interpreters or support in addition to this fee.
Will there be other opportunities to get involved with the festival?
Yes, look out for our SciArt sketchbook challenge over the summer, and for our Lancaster University student/new graduate arts awards.
How to apply:
We want to make it as quick and easy as possible for you to apply. Please email a short text, audio or video file, or illustrated explanation of why you’d like to get involved. This should be no more than 500 words or 5 mins in length.
Make sure you:
- Tell us a little about your creative process and what kind of art form(s) you work in.
- Include at least one link to some of your previous work online.
- Indicate if you are interested in a specific commission or open to working on any of them.
The selection panel will be made up of researchers and artists-in-residence on the Ensemble Team.
The deadline is 5pm (BST) Monday 5th July and we can’t accept submissions after this point.
We’re not looking for outlines of specific ideas at this point, more a sense of how you work and why you’d like to get involved.
All work should be suitable for wide public audiences.
Please email your response to this call to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions? Contact us at: email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Commission 1: Future flooding
This commission will involve creatively responding to a project that brought together different kinds of data on flooding and flood risk management, along with a range of people who make flood-related decisions and those impacted by flooding and flood risk decision-making.
The research team developed a method for making flood risk data usable and accessible to a wide range of people to help with preparation for future flood events.
Commission 2: Changing biodiversity
This commission will involve creatively responding to a research project that looked at extracting floristic information from a historical journal on the flora of the Lake District.
This research developed a method to unlock hidden data that can help ecologists and conservationists understand the presence and abundance of flora in the area and how it has changed over time.
Commission 3: Soil mapping
This commission will involve creatively responding to ongoing research into soil carbon mapping. Soil carbon is important for food, water, climate, and biodiversity. We need to understand current stores, how they are changing, and how we can manage land and soils to ensure long-term sustainable carbon stores and provision of associated benefits.
This research will establish which data science methods are most suitable for asking different questions about our soils to help us better understand the world beneath our feet.
Commission 4: Modelling futures
This commission will involve creatively responding to ongoing research into the use of new digital technologies in environmental modelling to respond to complex realities of place.
The research asks what it means to mimic (model) a complex earth system through digital means like digital twinning and how can this help us respond to the changing world of environmental science. With more data available, advancing technologies, and complex questions about ecosystems that need answers, this research proposes new ways of making useful models of the world around us.