[NetBehaviour] Fwd: UWS Alt-w Paisley Digital Art Commission

Edward Picot edward at edwardpicot.com
Thu May 21 19:56:04 CEST 2015

 From the 'e-arts now' list:

UWS Alt-w Paisley Digital Art Commission

New Media Scotland



alt-w at mediascot.org <mailto:alt-w at mediascot.org>
Mark Daniels
Phone: +441316502750


New Media Scotland
11 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9LE
United Kingdom


1200hrs (BST) on 12th June 2015

In support of the Scottish town of Paisley's ambition to be UK City of 
Culture in 2021, the UWS Creative Media Academy and New Media Scotland's 
Alt-w Fund with investment from Renfrewshire Council seek Expressions of 
Interest from artists in Europe for a £25k commission to make a new 
piece of work for the town.


Paisley is the largest town in the county of Renfrewshire in the west 
central Lowlands of Scotland. It forms part of the urban conurbation of 
Glasgow, whose city centre is 6.9 miles (11.1 km) to the east. Glasgow 
International Airport, Scotland's largest airport, is located within 
Paisley's boundaries just north of the town centre.

The Industrial Revolution turned Paisley from a small market town to an 
important international industrial city in the late 18th century with 
respect to textiles. The most famous product being shawls bearing a 
colourful teardrop-like pattern; although of Kashmiri origin, they 
became known by Paisley's name across the western world.

The successful artist(s) will be encouraged to take inspiration from 
this rich international history and the world renown collections held in 
Paisley museums. The museums are home to 350,000 objects within 57 
collections. There are 107 listed buildings, 46 underused physical 
heritage assets and 1 'Alien' gargoyle on Paisley Abbey.

More information on the town's Heritage Asset Strategy and City of 
Culture ambitions can be found here and by watching Stuart McMillan of 
Renfrewshire Council here.

This collaborative project aims to be an innovative part of Paisley's 
Heritage Asset Strategy and seeks to engage, reinvent and re-imagine 
aspects of the town's heritage for the digital age. This project will be 
a pilot for a potential series of Creative Media Academy projects that 
explore the interface between art, technology and research.

It is envisioned that the winning artist/s will undertake a series of 
documented workshops with UWS students & staff, New Media Scotland and 
other cultural stakeholders as they develop their work. If appropriate, 
it will also be possible for the final work to be presented within one 
of the town's many heritage sites or other locations.

Budget: £25,000 (including fees and all materials)

Expressions of Interest: 12th June 2015
Shortlisted candidates notified: 15th June 2015
Site visit & interviews: 22nd-23rd June 2015
Commission Announcement: 26th June 2015
Work to be completed and presented by: 30th June 2016

Expressions of Interest should consist of two-sides of A4 detailing an 
initial approach to the project. CVs of the lead artist/s and any 
collaborators must be included along with examples of five pieces of 
completed work. Send PDFs to alt-w at mediascot.org 
<mailto:alt-w at mediascot.org> by 1200hrs (BST) on 12th June 2015.

*Project Partners*

UWS Creative Media Academy is an internationally recognised centre of 
excellence for creative industry practice and research. Part of the 
School of Media, Culture and Society, the Academy brings together 
students, staff and practitioners within subject groupings of film, 
television, radio, music, performance, journalism and digital art.

New Media Scotland is the national development agency fostering artist 
and audience engagement with all forms of new media practice. The Alt-w 
Fund supports artists to explore experimental and interactive practice, 
make use of technology as both medium and message, and recognise the 
changing role that digital culture has in our society.

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