Call Out for Proposals: Nighttime Projects
Performance Space is calling all performance-makers, choreographers, musicians, and artists working in new media, video, light, sound and those engaging in social histories and modes of storytelling to apply to be a part of a very special Nighttime: Twilight at St Stephens showing on Saturday 15 September, 4pm-8pm.
Nighttime is part of Halls for Hire, our new season of site-specifc performance and installation in town halls, church halls, sports centres and other community meeting spaces across Sydney, 28 August-15 October.
This is a great opportunity for emerging as well as established artists to present their creative ideas while receiving expert technical and curatorial support, plus an artist fee!
About St Stephen’s Church
St Stephen’s Church and graveyard sit at the centre of Newtown. Many of the gravestones that line its walls were moved there after the main part of the cemetery was converted into what we now know as Camperdown Memorial Park. 18,000 bodies were buried in the cemetery over 18 years, until 1867 when it was considered full and closed. Among them, the woman who was likely the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Miss Havisham in Great Expectations is buried in the church grounds, a harpist who played for Napoleon, as well as all of the victims of the wreck of the Dunbar, which sank off Sydney Heads in 1857!
The grounds are maintained by volunteers and watched-over by local Goths. Young and old still worship and marry there, and it remains one of the few original community spaces in the Inner West that is still used for exactly the purpose it was built for. The church hall has a working J.W. Walker pipe organ, and the building itself is constructed in the neo-gothic style and is considered one of the best examples of architecture by Edmund Blackett (designer of the main building of Sydney University, St Andrew’s Cathedral, and at least 100 other buildings around Sydney).
This Nighttime is a site-specific project, and it is one founded on respect. Performance Space is interested in site-responsive works ranging from the sonic, to the atmospheric and the historic. We want to curate a Nighttime program for the twilight hours that resonates with the architecture, the environment, the history and the sense of place that is grounded in St Stephens.
Each work is to be no longer than 10-15 minutes. Works that are sited and able to run for the full duration of the event will also be considered. We will prioritise work that is conceptually adventurous, technically simple and executed to a professional standard.
REQUIREMENTS OF WORK
- Works must be technically simple or resolved enough to bump in over a 4-hour period.
- Artists should be available for a curatorial meeting and feedback session
- Fees are $500 per work.
Proposals must not be longer than 2 pages and must include:
- Title of the work
- Group/Artist(s) names
- Artist(s) BIO(s) – maximum 1 page
- Key Artists’ email and phone contact
- Artistic outline and rationale for the work
Please include any material that supports the proposal or illustrates previous work. Digital support material may be sent through email attachments or made available on a website.
Please submit your proposal as a single pdf document along with supporting material to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Nighttime Project Proposal’ in the subject line.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your proposal please call 02 8571 9101 or email email@example.com with ‘Nighttime Project Proposal’ in the subject line.
The Deadline for proposals is: Midnight, Monday 6 August 2012
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