'mInI doc' 

OPEN CALL for 'TWF' New Art Commissions 

Fixed fee: £750

Application Deadline: Monday 21.Dec.2020

Shortlisting & call to interviews: W/C January 2020

Calling for creative practitioners from all disciplines to submit a proposal for a ‘MINI DOC’ commissioned as part of our new art & heritage project, TWF ‘This Week in Folkestone’ – a contemporary counter-cultural archive.

ABOUT ‘TWF’:

‘TWF’ (This Week in Folkestone) is a new archival project documenting contemporary counter-cultures from the margins: experiences and creative expressions of people who have been left outside of the dominant cultural radar. ‘TWF’ is interested in all that is left behind, invisible, under-ground, under-rated, emerging, absent, diverse cultures that are under threat of disappearing due to patterns of urban morphology, the changes in economic, social & political structures, as well as the tastes, behaviours, influences and values of our time. 

 

ART COMMISSION:

Exploring the concept and techniques of ‘documentaries’ or ‘documentation’, ‘TWF’ invites all creative practitioners to submit proposals for a ‘MINI DOC’, which may experiment with form and content that may tell stories, highlight hidden/unsung realities present in your community, celebrate marginal cultures as a form of resistance against the pressures of daily life and prevalent social and cultural norms. These can be based on real or fictional events, stories or experiences that are either based in, or related to Folkestone town and its nearby areas.

The experimental nature of this commission allows the project to be delivered in various ways such as: moving-image / series of images / photo essay / oral documentation / podcasts / written words / a series of workshops co-developed with members of your chosen community; 

 

Time-Frame & Expected Outcomes:

The commission is for a piece of new work or research, to be carried out and delivered by 31 March 2021. 

The project can be a stand alone piece of work, or it could be proposed as a deliverable element within a larger body of research. For example:

Research & development – the project can be treated as a piece of initial focused research on a new topic which may evolve to become a more in-depth body of work;

Testing an Idea/medium – the project can be a testing ground for a new idea that leads to a new artistic direction. The artists may choose to develop their previous research in a new medium. 

Final output and process work that are part of this commission selected to be archived will be rendered in high quality digital format. The content would be stored as part of ‘TWF’ digital archive, and/or published in the first Issue of ‘TWF’ publication. The work may also be exhibited as part of the launch event in April 2021. 

Successful candidates may be invited to carry out a more in depth research later in 2021 with further funding support, or as a form of a research residency at HOP Projects CT20.

How to Submit:

Please send the following, in PDF format, to info@hopprojects.org with the title: ‘MINI DOC – (title of your proposal)’

  • An outline of a broader context of your research proposal  (500 words max)
  • A focused & concise project proposal outlining what you intend to deliver or a proposed research methodology (500 words max)
  • Any visual supporting material related to your proposal 
  • A small portfolio of work / a link to a website
  • A brief CV

Deadline for submission: Wednesday 23 December 2020 

Shortlisted artist will be contacted W/C 04 January 2020

If you would like to apply to this role in alternative formats, or if you have any access requirements and would like to discuss how we can best support you through your submission, please contact Nina:  info@hopprojects.org

 

How We Assess the Submissions:

The Commission is open to all practitioners who may not necessarily identify themselves as professional artists or researchers, nor do their practices have to be research-led. We welcome ideas from all those who are passionate about ‘countercultures’ and are looking for opportunities to develop their ideas into a deliverable project.

Our assessment of the project will always be based on merit, quality of the content & its potentials. For example, we will consider:

  • How your project / research interest relate to the objectives of ‘TWF’ archive;
  • Whether your proposal is realistic and feasible within the time-frame & fee scale;
  • Your track-record of work;
  • If you are planning to work in a new field, how the project would help you to develop your work in a new direction

Above image: Photograph by Tomas Poblete / Image Edit: Nina Shen-poblete