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Each commission winner will receive a £2000 fee, as well as a making budget of £1500, plus in-kind marketing support and a space provided to showcase the final pieces.

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Bee The Change Commission

    “No minds were changed without the efforts of a group, a team, a unit, likewise, no honey is made without the working together of bees”

    (Elizabeth, RE:CON Member)

    This project will commission interactive installations and pieces of art (visual, performative, digital), that will explore themes around climate change and specifically what this looks like for the future of Manchester. Working with our chosen artists, we will develop a response that is multi-faceted, has links to Greater Manchester, and also takes into account the generational impact of climate change.

    Bee the Change is produced by Re:Con (Contact’s young producers) and is a Contact, C-Change and Season for Change Commission.  Season for Change 2020 is a nationwide festival and campaign to celebrate the environment and inspire urgent action in the lead up to COP26.

    There will also be a panel discussion held at Contact at the end of the process with the artists, leading academics and climate activists. This will enable an in-depth exploration of the piece in the context of academia and greater education.

    Our goal is to foster a generation ready to become stewards of their own futures and tackle the climate crisis head on. We want to organize a beehive of activity and present the final pieces in a city central location, uniting the artists, general public and politicians to tackle the world’s climate crisis.

    Each commission winner will receive a £2000 fee, as well as a making budget of £1500, plus in-kind marketing support and a space provided to showcase the final pieces (TBD with pitch proposals). As the culmination of the commission, the final pieces will be programmed to premiere to audiences in Manchester during Contact’s opening season Autumn 2020.

    The selected artists must deliver a project that aims to have a positive impact on the environment. In support of this, throughout the creative process we’d like the chosen artists to provide us with a commentary of how they are acting sustainably. The Artists will be supported in their journey to achieving a positive impact, through being connected to experts on sustainable practice at Julie’s Bicycle for advice.

    Who can apply?

    This commission is open to artists working in performance installation, digital, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, filmmaking, design, crafts, or architecture, who explore themes centered on the environment, climate change/awareness and have an idea for an interactive new, ambitious piece.

    You may be an emerging or more established artist, but you should have some experience in creating and staging your work for professional contexts.

    For environmental reasons, as we are a Manchester-based producing group we will be prioritizing artists who live or work in or around Greater Manchester, to cut down on our impact of carbon emissions, and you will be expected to spend time developing and showcasing the work in Manchester.

    We are an environmentally conscious group and believe in saving the trees so please only send your application electronically.

    Application Deadline: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 6PM

    Please note that interviews will take place w/c 24th February 2020.

    Each candidate will be notified on email of the shortlisting outcome. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we may receive, we are unable to offer specific feedback on applications.

    Please return the below completed form (in writing or alternatively if preferred, as a video/audio recording) covering the questions to: recon@contactmcr.com

    Feel free to email us with any other queries you may have ahead of applying.

    After the application deadline, Re:Con may ask to meet with artists for a meeting before making the commissioning decision.

    This project is part of Season for Change 2020

    A nationwide festival and campaign to celebrate the environment and inspire urgent action. Season for Change is supported by Arts Council England, and is delivered in partnership with Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle. Visit www.seasonforchange.org.uk to find out more and get involved!