Open Call

Artist cocktails, 'Loving Attention', 19 May 2019

Six Projections events per year are selected from open calls. The twice-yearly Open Call asks for proposals from curators and artists to present new moving image programmes or create live work for the cinema space. 

What we're looking for

Live events

We’re looking for proposals to create new performance or live events that respond to the context of the cinema in its broadest sense. Proposals might experiment with the potential of the cinema space for hosting live work by using the apparatus of screen and/or sound system, intervening in the conventional operation of a cinema screening, responding to or disrupting the dynamic of a cinema-going audience – and events may not contain any screen-based element at all. Most of all we’re interested in how artists respond to the particular cultural, social and physical space of the cinema auditorium, or the wider building and its operations.

Curatorial proposals

We invite applications from curators interested in curating and presenting an original programme as part of the Projections series. We are seeking proposals that investigate particular contemporary currents or concerns which might be articulated by artists’ moving image practice. Given the context of the series, the ability to respond meaningfully to the site of the cinema – the specific experience of viewing artists’ moving image in the cinema space – is important.

Submissions

Our fourth open call is curently receiving submissions. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 22 July.

To apply, please read the guidelines below, and then click on ‘Apply now’ to be taken to the submission form. If you have any questions, or would like to talk about your proposal, please contact Tess Denman-Cleaver.

There are two opportunities: one for curatorial proposals, and the other for new performance work. We are keen not to maintain a strict division between the two areas of opportunity, though, and to reflect the porosity of artists’ practice – so curatorial proposals which include performative or extra-cinema elements, and performance proposals which include the screening of existing work are both welcome too.

If selected, you will be invited to discuss and develop your proposal with us. We want to be as flexible as possible regarding the form of events, and are excited to hear from artists and curators challenging audience (and institutional) expectations of what activity a cinema can and should house. We’re aware that many of the technical procedures or organisational parameters of cinema might be unfamiliar to artists used to working in gallery or project space contexts, and our production support takes this into account.

This call is open to both UK-based and international curators and artists. While the application form asks for details of your previous projects, your idea is most important, and we are keen to hear from early-career artists and curators as much as those with significant experience.

Only original ideas which have not been presented before are eligible. We will select three proposals from each call. We’re happy to give feedback on unsuccessful applications where possible.

Selected projects will be exhibited between October 2019 and March 2020. We will work with you to find a suitable date. 

Selected projects will be publicised in our regular season leaflet; on the Projections and Tyneside Cinema websites; via social media; and local and national press channels. You will be expected to provide a short text and images in support of your project.

For projects that involve screening moving image, we can accommodate the following formats:

16mm & 35mm film

Digital files of suitable quality for cinema projection

DCP

Other formats (Super 8, etc) may be possible, but via negotiation.

We’re looking for proposals to create new live work which responds to the space, or site of the cinema, in a broad sense. Proposals can harness the apparatus of screen and/or sound system, intervene in the conventional operation of the space, or not contain any screen-based element at all: we’re most interested in how artists respond to the particular space of the cinema, and this might also be manifested in the architectonics of the auditorium, or even the wider building and its operations.

What does it mean to make live work for the cinema? It is a deliberate space, purpose-designed, the product of an architectural evolution with the sole aim of creating the best possible environment for the presentation and reception of the moving image—for perfecting an illusion of perspective and movement. When it comes to thinking about how it might accommodate different forms, this makes it uncompromising and awkward – but this limitation is a source of potential, too.

When thinking about what a live event in the cinema might be, we’re interested in proposals which think about ideas around liveness, about the cinema as space of assembly and congregation—and which might look to the future of cinema in some way. What is specific to the site of the cinema which sets it apart from the gallery, the theatre, the studio space? What might an artists’ cinema look like?

Presentation

As a guide, proposals should be for events of up to 60 minutes long, but we will consider all applications on their own merit.

We invite applications from curators who would be interested in curating and presenting an original programme as part of the Projections series. We are seeking proposals which investigate particular contemporary currents or concerns which might be articulated by artists’ moving image practice. Given the context of the series, the ability to respond meaningfully to the site of the cinema – the specific experience of viewing artists’ moving image in the cinema space – is important.

While we’d like to know about any relevant projects you’ve worked on in the past, we’re most interested in the strength of your idea, so lack of experience as a curator is not necessarily a problem. We’re particularly keen to hear from artists as curators, too.

Duration

As a guide, screening programmes should be between 60 – 80 minutes long and available to screen on the formats listed above, but we will consider all applications on their own merit.

Fees

Curators will be expected to write an introduction to the programme for reproduction online and in print at the event; source films; present the programme in person; and participate the event itself—whether a post-screening Q&A or another, expanded activity. In return, we can cover reasonable film hire fees up to a maximum of £200, and offer a curator’s fee of £500.

If selected, you will receive a fee of £500 for the development and presentation of your event. In addition, you will be able to access a budget of up to £200 to help cover event costs and/or film hire.

We will work with you to manage the events budget, ensure that costs are kept down and expenditure is agreed by all. This will be done using a shared budget document.

We will work with you to realise your ideas within the parameters of our in-house production and technical provision. Additional out-of-hours staffing, technical equipment and event costs can be arranged and booked via the cinema, but can be drawn from the event budget. 

Our in-house technical provision includes fixed digital projectors and sound system in each screen (specifications available on request), 2 additional moveable digital projectors and projection screens for installation (specifications available on request), PA with up to 5 wireless & 2 wired vocal mics plus up to 5 lapel mics. Our technical team will be available to advise on technical set up for your event, to install additional equipment and prepare presentation materials for the cinema.

In advance of your event there is the opportunity to spend time in the cinema working out set up or rehearsing for performances. Rehearsals can be booked via the Projections Producer. They tend to be between 9am-12pm, before the day’s screenings start. Technical support or consultation can be organised for these rehearsal sessions.

Every Projections event is supported by our cinema events team, who are on hand to advise and help with the physical set up of the event, and provide front of house staff.

Opening times: the cinema is open from Monday – Saturday: 10:00am to 11:00pm and Sunday: 11:00am to 11:00pm. It is possible to arrange events and event set up outside of these hours, but additional staffing costs required to do so will impact on the artists’ event budget.

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Open Call selection: Spring 2019

The projects selected from Open Call 3, which closed on 28 February 2019, are

Josh Wilson: 75,000 Solar Emblems
Film Bee: Visions of Collisions
Bryony Gillard: Harmonic Anatomies / wet mouths

75,000 Solar Emblems is in our Spring 2019 programme on 2 May, while Visions of Collisions and Harmonic Anatomies / wet mouths will feature in Summer 2019 (dates tbc).

Previous open call events