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