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HOME AND HINTERLAND: New open call for local artists and producers

Wednesday 18th August

Home and Hinterland: Living with our monsters 

(Aberystwyth, Bangor & Swansea Universities)

NEW CALL FOR LOCAL ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS  

  • **UPDATED DEADLINE**: expressions of interest  for both roles to  atrstaff@aber.ac.uk  by Wednesday 22nd September 2021. 

Home and Hinterland is a multi-generational, multi-lingual, co-created arts project in partnership with  Pontio Arts (Bangor University), Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea University) and Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth University) that is bringing together members of the community, students and artists to investigate issues of culture, identity and citizenship. The project will engage with communities that do not regularly participate in, or feel represented by the arts in Wales, as well as students and staff at each university. 

We are looking for artists and producers from Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea to work alongside Mathilde Lopez (lead artist) and Cath Sherrell (lead producer) to create multiple projects in each city to be experienced by audiences between January and February 2022.  

The local artists and producers will generate the work in each location, in any form that resonates best with them and the project’s participants – from performance to installation, music and sound, video, podcast, graphic novels or online platform. 

Artists and producers from all disciplines and with experience and/or a deep interest in working with participants/communities are encouraged to apply. 

We are now asking for expressions of interest in response to the artistic vision below: 

Living with our monsters 

“In the past few years what we considered as home, as safe and known has become hinterland. We have profoundly disagreed on who we were and where we were going as a country and as people. We felt cheated by politicians, and our streets, neighbourhoods and our families became foreign. Multiple lockdowns trapped us in our own lounges and computers, and there, shaken by the evidence of the continuous structural racism and sexism embedded in our society, we lived without people, with the loss of people. And in our home, which had already turned wild, we began to realise we had been  flat-sharing with another monster: ourselves.  

Monster: A large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature from the Latin ‘monere’, ‘to warn’.  

Warn us about what? Now that we are tentatively and maybe only briefly venturing out, we know a little bit more about the breadth of ourselves and are inundated with questions: Who are we? Who are the people we live with? What binds us together? The land? The language? A poem? A song? An object?  

The oldest artefact found in Wales is the jawbone of a horse decorated with zigzag patterns. It is 14,000 years old and was found in Kendrick’s Cave, near Llandudno in North Wales. I find it interesting that a decorated horse jaw, an embellished mouth for a nation defined by its language: Bones and words.  

The Mari  Lwyd is a decorated horse skull, usually on a stick carried by someone hiding under a white sheet or a tablecloth. Unusually tall, she is Death with ribbons and knocks at people’s doors to start a rap battle or Pwnco. A cross between a young bride and our great-great grandmother, she bears a catastrophic fragility and an awkwardness that is embarrassing and compelling at the same time. She traditionally turns up in January and wants in for a drink, a place at the table to sing and tell stories.  

But last year, she couldn’t do so, and like us, stuck here and unable to go anywhere, she has been rethinking who she is and how to be. We are unsure what she has been doing, she might have got herself a job at Deliveroo or Amazon, she might be camping in your front garden, she has perhaps started her own yoga classes in your street or has become a racing horse. There could be many of her roaming around or only one. We don’t know. But she still wants to sing with people, listen to their story and tell them some more.  

This project is about finding time and compassion for our monsters, welcoming unwanted guests, and spending time with different people, people whom we might or might not agree with, to discover each other again while making, telling, singing or dancing, in the real world or online.” 

We are looking for local artists and producers interested in exploring with participants and communities what it means to live and co-exist with our monsters today. Artists who, inspired by the Mari Lwyd’s  symbol, imagery and sound, unearth the links and connections between us and our neighbours.

  

THE LOCAL ARTISTS will: 

  • have experience of leading innovative artistic projects;
  • have experience in collaborating with other artists;
  • be able to work closely with the lead artist and local producer to develop and make the work in their area;
  • be able to engage participants and communities in questioning, making and exploring ideas;
  • be able to collaborate with all kinds of people involved in all kinds of things;
  • have an understanding ofhow to create inclusive spaces to support the many different cultures and languages of contemporary Wales; 
  • be good at communicating ideas and inspiring others
  • follow the organisations’ safeguarding policies and procedures and comply with relevant health and safety legislation.
  • ARTIST FEE – £7,000 (incl. VAT) 
  • DELIVERY DATES – October 2021 – February 2022 
  • PROJECT CLOSE - March 2022 
  • **UPDATED DEADLINE**: expressions of interest  for both roles to  atrstaff@aber.ac.uk  by Wednesday 22nd September 2021. 

We are keen to receive applications from artists who are under-represented in the arts, Black and non-Black artists of colour, disabled artists, neurodivergent artists and LGBTQ + artists.  

Your expression of interest should include a maximum of 2 sides of A4 OR a 5 min video including your full contact details. 

Please tell us about: 

  • Your artistic practice; 
  • Your reaction and idea sparked by “Living with our monsters” (Mathilde Lopez vision) 
  • How would you use the Mari Lwyd to start conversations with people about ideas of Home and Hinterland. 

Expressions of interest should be emailed to atrstaff@aber.ac.uk.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview week commencing 27 Sep 2021 by a small and friendly panel involved in the project.  

 

THE LOCAL PRODUCERS will: 

  • be able to work closely with the lead producer and local artists to develop and realise the artistic outcomes of the project ;
  • have experience of engaging communities in inclusive arts project;
  • have experience of working with artists to deliver an idea;
  • be responsible for the overall delivery of the regional project as agreed with lead producer;
  • have an understanding of how to create inclusive spaces that support the many different cultures and languages of contemporary Wales;
  • have good communication skills (written, spoken or other) to ensure the regional project is organised and marketed effectively;
  • have good financial and administration skills, keeping to agreed budgets and ensuring that all administrative and financial processes are appropriately applied;
  • be independent and able to use their initiative to problem solve;
  • be in charge of co-ordinating meetings and managing schedules for members of the project team and others as appropriate;
  • be proficient in implementing the organisations’ safeguarding policies and procedures and comply with relevant health and safety legislation.
  • PRODUCER FEE – £7,500 (incl. VAT) 
  • DELIVERY DATES – October 2021 – February 2022 
  • PROJECT CLOSE - March 2022 
  • **UPDATED DEADLINE**: expressions of interest  for both roles to  atrstaff@aber.ac.uk  by Wednesday 22nd September 2021. 

We are keen to receive applications from producers who are under-represented in the arts, Black and non-Black artists of colour, disabled artists, neurodivergent artists and LGBTQ + artists.  

Your expression of interest should include a maximum of 2 sides of A4 OR a 5 min video including your full contact details. 

Please tell us why you think you would be suitable for the role and send a link to any examples of your work online. If you would like to, you can also submit a CV as a supporting document.  

Expressions of interest should be emailed to atrstaff@aber.ac.uk.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview week commencing 27 Sep 2021 by a small and friendly panel involved in the project.