Brainchild Festival 2018: Art Installation Proposal Form
Thank you for wanting to propose an art installation for the festival - we love hearing your ideas and discovering new work through you all getting in touch. Whatever your idea for an artwork, please read the information in this form, and then fill out all the questions, as it will help us see whether we've got the appropriate spaces for your artworks or ideas.

Deadline for submissions is the 10th Feb. All submissions will be responded to no later than 2 weeks after this deadline.

A bit about what we’re looking for 🌼
INFRASTRUCTURE
Art at Brainchild Festival is intimately intertwined with its infrastructure, from installations which double up as stages, to sculptural seating and innovative shade coverage. Each artwork is brought onsite to transform people’s experience of the festival and the spaces they inhabit there, becoming part of their memories of conversations, dancing and things discovered.

This year we will be doing an open call for ideas, but also releasing a series of specific and funded commissions. Please do not worry about applying for these separately, as those who enter the open call will be automatically considered for the commissions. Once the commissions are released please feel free to re-express your interest.

LOOK & FEEL
Colour is very important to us at Brainchild because we want every space at the festival to feel vibrant and reflect the creative energy of the programme, but we also love the DIY feel of raw materials such as wood and wire mesh. Everything we install looks and feels handcrafted, made with love and care.

CONCEPT
Our programme aims to connect people and prompt interesting conversations and collaborations, so we are always looking at how artworks can be part of this: how they could be involved in performance, be interactive, position people, encourage playfulness, thought or humour.

Please note we also accepted proposals for existing work or pieces which you wish to modify, this does not necessarily need to be a new concept.

AMBITION
We encourage artists to take on more ambitious ideas for artworks at the festival, and typically the artists who've made work with us before have gone bigger and bolder than ever before. This also means that the projects are challenging. To make these ideas possible, we have a skilled team supporting each artist through extensive development, health and safety assessments and method statements.

COMMISSIONS
This year we will be doing an open call for ideas, but also releasing a series of specific and funded commissions. Please do not worry about applying for these separately, as those who enter the open call will be automatically considered for the commissions. Once the commissions are release please feel free to re-express your interest.

What to expect 👀
- Festival tickets for artists and their helpers (numbers of helpers pre-agreed).
- Help and support in transportation logistics of artworks (however, transport cannot be guaranteed in all cases).
- A pre-agreed travel expenses package for each artist (please note we cannot cover costs of the piece itself).
- All participating artists will be featured on the Brainchild website and social media platforms, reaching over community of over 7,000 people.
- Your work will be seen at the festival by at least 2,000 people.
- Each artwork will feature its own plaque stating the artists name, brief outline of the piece and website.
- Meals and drinks during the build / break days necessary before and after the festival.
Art development program 🎨
We ask all artists to participate in 4 meet ups throughout the year, consisting of:

- One group crit in February, to meet and briefly present to all the other artists taking part.
- One workshop in March to go through what is expected for risk assessments and method statements.
- A social in April with updates on progress.
- A 1:1 session at the end of May / beginning of June between artists and the Brainchild team to go through their risk assessments and final design issues.

The exact dates for these meetings will be communicated within the successful submission email responses.

Artists will be required to produce risk assessments and method statements for their individual pieces, however they will be guided through the process by our production team and provided with templates. We aim to keep this to three rounds of feedback for the completion of these documents, having them ready to submit to the council by the first week of June. This is an important part of the commitment and journey leading up to the festival, and although challenging, is very satisfying once completed.

Set up and take down 🛠
Set up and take down at the festival will be the artist’s responsibility. Set up days are from 10th to 13th July and take down days are from 16th to 18th July. The exact set up and take down dates will be confirmed with each individual artist, as they may differ depending on the scale of the work. Artists who are unable to attend the dates agreed with them may risk having their piece pulled from the programme.

Brainchild can help to provide volunteers to assist with the install of the project if required (to be prior agreed), and professional technical assistance to help with equipment set-up. We have an amazing network of talented people, so we encourage artists to think big and then we can develop something feasible together.
Help us help the environment 🌍
Brainchild is committed to environmental sustainability. We feel that the artworks at the festival are great opportunities to advocate sustainability and engage people in environmental issues. We therefore encourage artists to research and consider the impact of the materials they choose to use within their pieces, and also to consider the production, installation and disposal of artworks from an environmental perspective. We are also keen to avoid materials and artworks going in the skip where possible, so please think of ideas for the work’s afterlife.
How to apply 📝
Please fill out this proposal form by 7pm Feb 10th 2018. Do not worry if you wish to develop your idea further beyond this point, this is just a preliminary document.

Along with this form we will require up to 5 images showing us any examples of your most previous work, a visual sketch offering annotations and a rough estimate of dimensions of your chosen art submission. You can give a link to this in the form.

We will confirm artist’s proposals via email within 2 weeks following the 10th Feb.

Basic Information
Title of the work:
Artist Name (s):
Quick biography of you / collective / team: (100 words max)
Link to website or social media page:
Contact Number (s):
Email address (s):
Creative
What would you like this piece add to someone’s experience of the festival? (100 words max)
Would you be interested in the Brainchild team suggesting a collaboration with you and another artist?
Please give a link to your previous work or annotated sketches here (e.g. Google drive, Dropbox)
(5 images showing us any examples of your most previous work, a visual sketch offering annotations and a rough estimate of dimensions of your chosen art submission)
If you would prefer to upload these, please do so here.
Practical
Where is the artwork being built?
What would you like to do with the work after the event (storage, waste disposal or take home)?
How do you expect to construct the work?
What previous build experience do you have?
What is the approx. size and footprint of the work?
Does it require onsite power to build or run?
What lighting does the piece require at night (if any)?
What are the foreseeable risks of this work?
Are you interested in being considered for interdisciplinary collaboration with other elements of our programme?
Is there anything else you would like to comment on or tell us that you haven't mentioned above?
Thank you for submitting! If you have other questions, please email us at team@brainchildfestival.co.uk or check the FAQ's section of our website (the 2018 revised edition of this is going live on the 16th January).
To give you a good sense of what's happened so far, here are some examples of previous work created in previous years. As you can see submissions range from architectural structures, to installations, seating and illustration...
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