Surge, in partnership with Merchant City and Spraoi Festivals, are offering two bursaries to emerging Scotland-based artists and/ or companies interested in developing new outdoor arts works.
The aim will be to create a new outdoor arts piece, which will integrate social distancing into its form and look from the development stage. We are specifically interested in work with environmental themes to tie in with Glasgow’s upcoming COP26 conference.
The chosen artists/companies will be given a budget of £2500 towards the creation of the piece plus mentoring from Surge, rehearsal space and all accommodation; travel and food for performances at additional events. Performances at Spraoi, and COP26 will pay £100 per performer per day.
We also encourage applications involving the use of digital technology – additional specialist mentoring would be provided for this.
- Present an idea for a new small-scale outdoor artwork.
- The piece should be for 1 – 4 artists (all artists must be confirmed by applicant before applying, who are responsible for their own social distancing / bubbling when using Surge’s rehearsal spaces.)
- The piece needs to be suitable for performance in urban and green field spaces and compliant with/ responsive to government Covid 19 guidelines.
- The performers need to be available for rehearsal periods between 1stApril and 2nd of July. Specific dates will be discussed upon offer.
- To be available for dates of festivals – 3rd and 4th July (Surge Festival), for some of 1st -12th of November (COP26) and an additional weekend in August/September (Spraoi, tbc)
- We will offer:
- Professional mentoring by Surge in creation, direction, producing, marketing, digital technologies and guerrilla filmmaking
- £2500 budget
- Travel, accommodation, and food at all festivals
- Rehearsal and creation space
While we are working towards the realisation of SURGE Festival 2021 and the above partnership opportunities, we remain realistic to the prospect that presenting work in public this summer may not be possible. In this case, we would hope to distribute the bursaries and have residencies go ahead with COVID-19 risk management in place and would intend to reschedule individual works where possible to later dates/ events. We are in touch with festivals and venues to establish possible extended tour opportunities.
Please email your proposal (max. 500 words) and one short bio for each performer/collaborator (max. 100 words each), in one document, to Surge Director Alan Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alan on email@example.com or phone on 0141 248 6910.
The application deadline is midnight on Sunday 14th March 2021
Interviews will take place on Friday 19th March 2021
Image: Temple of the Tattie by Emma Brierley, Green Man Festival 2019