[NetBehaviour] Digital Art Commissions- Current: An Experiment in Collecting Digital Art

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Sun Nov 7 18:20:31 CET 2010

The Harris Museum in Preston- is a real gem of a museum and now they are
working with Folly to produce a collection for Digital Art- great
stuff: )


Current: An Experiment in Collecting Digital Art

An exhibition, acquisition and debate, presented in partnership by the
Harris Museum & Art Gallery and folly. http://current-experiment.org.uk/

Artist Call:  Now open for submissions
Deadline: 17th December
£1000 exhibition fee to short-listed artists; £10,000 acquisition fee
for final selection.

The Project:
Artists working in digital media are invited to propose work for a
public display at, and acquisition by the Harris Museum & Art
Gallery,Preston, as part of 'Current: an Experiment in Collecting
Digital Art'.

This project not only celebrates innovative and creative use of new
media technology, but forms a pioneering practical case study for the
collection and integration of digital artworks into existing permanent
collections; furthering the Harris' mission to establish a nationally
significant collection of new media art.

An expert advisory panel will select 3 – 5 artists to exhibit at the
Harris from 25th March– 4th June 2011, from which one artwork will be
selected by a secondary expert panel for acquisition into the Harris'
permanent collection.

A public debate will be held in Spring 2011 to analyse the experiment
and share findings and best practice on collecting digital art.

About Us:
The Harris is a magnificent Neo-classical Grade I listed building which
opened to the public in 1893 inPreston city centre, and houses the
largest galleries inLancashire - including stunning contemporary gallery
spaces. The museum holds strong collections of fine and decorative art
and local history, including work by Lucien Freud, JMW Turner and video
artist Robert Cahen.

folly is a leading digital arts agency, based inLancaster and working
acrossEngland’sNorth West. folly aims to lead, promote, maintain,
improve and advance the field of cultural activities that embrace the
creative interaction between arts and technology, by presenting an
artistic programme that provides collaboration between artists and the
wider public.

Applicants must:

•           Demonstrate innovative use of new media technology (e.g.
digital art, interactive art, net art, electronic art, multi and
time-based media) in the making, display or distribution of their work.
•           Be able to articulate how their work might be presented in a
gallery environment
•           Submit recent work, i.e. produced up to 2 years previous to
the submissions deadline.
•           Currently reside in the UK
•           Have previous experience in distributing work publicly
(online, in museums, galleries, etc)
•           Hold the copyright for the submitted work
•           If selected, be available for scheduled project dates:

            Gallery visits from: 17th January
            Installation dates: between 10th-24th March
            Exhibition opening and selected acquisition announcement:
25th March


•           Short-listed artists will each receive an exhibition fee of
•           Final artwork will be acquired for an acquisition fee of

For further information and free registration for submission, visit

Follow the project on twitter @current2011

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