[NetBehaviour] AVISON LIVE: Audio-visual artwork commission
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Mar 6 14:00:48 CET 2009
Just a little reminder for anyone who might still be considering
submitting a proposal for the Avison Live commission - please note that
the deadline is on Monday (9 March) at 12 noon GMT.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
AVISON LIVE: Audio-visual artwork commission
Avison Ensemble and AV Festival, in partnership with culture10, seek to
commission a major new audio visual artwork by a leading contemporary
artist that celebrates 18th Century North East composer Charles Avison
and his musical heritage by reinterpreting his traditional music for
21st Century audiences.
The commission forms a central part of the Avison tercentenary
celebrations in 2009 and will be featured as part of a large scale
public event in Newcastle City Centre, including live music by the
renowned Avison Ensemble in September 2009 and a potential tour beyond.
Experienced and established artists or artist groups are invited to
submit proposals to develop a new audio visual work that responds to the
music of Charles Avison, the unique environment of Newcastle City Centre
and attracts new audiences for classical music and contemporary
KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMISSION
- Deliver a large scale audio visual event of outstanding artistic
quality which will attract significant numbers in terms of audiences and
profile regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Raise public awareness of both electronic arts and classical music.
- Bring the music of Charles Avison to a new, younger audience in a way
that is vital to the current times and in keeping with Avison’s own
attitude to culture and participation.
- Provide a major new commission opportunity for a leading contemporary
artist, showing how contemporary audio visual artists can work with
- The proposal deadline is 12pm on 9 March 2009. No late submissions
will be accepted.
- Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 20 March 2009.
- Interviews will be held on 27 March 2009.
- The commission will be awarded on 3 April 2009.
- The work is to be completed by 24 August 2009.
The artist fee is GBP 12,000 and there is a production budget of
approximately GBP 20,000 to stage the work.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND FULL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE
PROJECT BRIEF AT: http://www.avfestival.co.uk/opportunities
OVERVIEW OF AVISON LIVE
Avison Live will be a major public event, taking place in Newcastle City
Centre in September 2009. At the heart of the event will be the premiere
of a new audio visual commission by a leading contemporary artist and a
series of live concerts by the world famous Avison Ensemble. The design
of the event is open to interpretation, however key venues for the event
may include historic sites related to Avison's performances, including
churches, The Old Assembly Rooms and the Bigg Market in Newcastle, an
area that is still known for its many pubs, clubs and raucous revellers.
The event must have the potential to engage large numbers.
The new commission will respond to Avison’s music, his groundbreaking
music criticism and the rich historical context in which his music was
performed three hundred years ago. In the 1700’s Charles Avison started
the Bigg Market’s reputation as a centre of entertainment. His
fortnightly concerts held in the Groat Market Assembly Rooms were the
peaks of Newcastle’s social calendar; raucous affairs held in rooms
above drinking dens, which started at 6pm and finished at 2am. At the
peak of the Industrial Revolution, with entrepreneurs, factory owners
and engineers in the city hungry for culture and entertainment, Avison
made Newcastle into England’s greatest provincial music centre of the
day outside of London.
THE AVISON ENSEMBLE www.avisonensemble.com <http://www.avisonensemble.com/>
The Avison Ensemble is Newcastle’s outstanding period instrument
orchestra, which plays and popularises the works of Charles Avison and
other classical composers. Despite having written over eighty string
concertos and being hailed by the New Grove Dictionary of Music and
Musicians as, “the most important English concerto composer of the 18th
century”, Charles Avison’s music has been rarely performed on either
modern or period instruments.
AV FESTIVAL www.avfestival.co.uk <http://www.avfestival.co.uk/>
The AV Festival is an international festival of electronic arts
featuring visual art, music and moving image. A biennial event, the
festival takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and
Middlesbrough in the North East of England. The festival consists of
public commissions, exhibitions, performances, film screenings,
workshops and debate at many of the region’s outstanding cultural venues
and sites. This is the first major public event that AV Festival has
developed outside of a festival year. The next AV Festival will take
place in March 2010 and will be based around the central theme of
Energy. It will explore energy as a force through which all of life is
connected, transformed, renewed and destroyed.
CULTURE 10 www.newcastlegateshead.com <http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/>
culture10 is an annual curated programme of exceptional cultural events
and festivals across NewcastleGateshead and North East England.
Established in 2004, it is managed by the culture10 team, working in
partnership with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, and is funded by
Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, One
North East, Northern Rock Foundation and Arts Council England, North
East. The culture10 team actively engage in the events programmed,
adding their expertise to those involved in the programme as creative
Michelle Hirschhorn, Avison Live Project Manager:
michelle at avfestival.co.uk <mailto:michelle at avfestival.co.uk>
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