New Geographies is an Arts Council England funded project to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. The map forms the basis of 10 major site-responsive art commissions across the East of England, to be delivered over the next two years.
The first phase of the project (over Summer 2017) invited members of the public to nominate locations for the map. Nominations can be seen here.
New Geographies are now seeking expressions of interest from artists who have experience of working with community engagement and/or in the public realm in response to places or sites. The call is open to artists living and working both nationally and internationally. They are aiming to appoint ten artists to the project. Each commission will be managed by one of the New Geographies partners.
The commissions will be jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, Art Exchange, University of Essex Colchester; East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects; Great Yarmouth; and UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire. All the organisations are members of the ECVAN (East Contemporary Visual Arts Network). Additional support comes from community outreach partners.
New Geographies envisage that each commission will be different, but that all will in some way respond to the map, locations and stories; either individual locations, themes or other unexpected connections. The final commissions can take any form and may involve working with the public or local communities. They are open to innovative or unique ideas which encourage us to think about the idea of place in new ways. Up to £25,000 (inclusive of VAT) is available per commission. This includes an artist fee and production.
Deadline for submission: Midnight, Sunday 28 January 2018.
Further information about the commissions can be found here.