[NetBehaviour] AVISON LIVE: Audio-visual artwork commission

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Mar 6 14:00:48 CET 2009

Hi all,

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.




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 
electronic art.

- 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 
historical music.

- 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.

PROJECT BRIEF AT: http://www.avfestival.co.uk/opportunities

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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