Call out for York residents and artists to take part in digital arts festival – with £2,500 up for grabs

'People We Love' created by York-based collective KMA will premiere in York Mediale 2020
8 Sep 2020 @ 7.44 pm
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York residents can be part of a world premiere artwork happening in the city.

And local artists are in with the chance to create artwork to be featured in a collaborative exhibition – worth £2,500.

Call for participants

York Mediale are looking for a diverse range of residents to take part in an exciting new installation People We Love created by city collective KMA.

Installed in York Minster, the work will be five, floor-mounted, high definition screens displaying a video portrait of a York citizen.

Each subject will be gazing at a picture of someone they love, a picture the audience will never see. They will be on screen for a few minutes before being replaced by a new face. The faces will “convey an unspoken story of a person they love”.

Filming is due to take place 16-18 September in York city centre. Applicants must be aged 10+ (under 18s with an appropriate adult) and available for filming on these dates.

Be aware that your image may be seen all over the globe as the installation is due to tour the world.

To apply with the chance of taking part email a photograph along with your availability on 16, 17 or 18 September to [email protected]. But hurry – the deadline for this is tomorrow (9 September).

Only successful applicants will receive a response and all photos that are submitted will be destroyed.

Call for artists

A selection of UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts from around the world – including York – are working together to create an exhibition of five artworks.

These will be made collaboratively by ten artists working in pairs, city to city and will be responding to the theme ‘Human Responsibility’.

Along with York, the participating cities are:

  • Austin (United States)
  • Braga (Portugal)
  • Calí (Colombia)
  • Changsha (China)
  • Guadalajara (Mexico)
  • Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Kosice (Slovakia), and
  • Sapporo (Japan).

The artworks will be premiered as part of York Mediale 2020 as well as Kosice’s Art & Tech Days festival.

Applicants can be from any creative field but applicants must demonstrate the capability to undertake online collaboration with a work that can be distributed and consumed via digital media.

Applicants should have a demonstrable connection to York, such as living or working in the city or membership of the Guild of Media Arts.

A panel representing Mediale, the Guild and York Creatives will select the artist to represent York.

The selected artist will receive an award of £1,000, with a further £300 award to the runner-up. A further £1,200 will be available to support production and presentation costs.

Submissions must be both a completed application form and a portfolio of relevant and recent work that is accessible online or digitally. Visit the York Mediale website to download an application pack and form. Applications must be submitted by 2pm on Friday 25 September.

York Mediale 2020 will start on 21 October and continue into the new year. Focusing on themes such as love, community and nature take a look at our post to see what’s on. For more information about York Mediale visit their website here.

Good luck!