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Call for Event Proposals

POSTED: 21 May 2020

Our third annual Open Call for emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project

Are you a creative practitioner or collective, and looking to host an online event or activity? We’re inviting proposals for events to take place using Autograph’s digital platforms as part of our 2020 open call.

Three proposals will be selected to take place between 2020 and early 2021. Successful applicants will receive a £500 budget, £250 curatorial fee, support in developing their event, and access to Autograph’s resources.

This is our third annual open call for emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. We invite artists, producers, writers, performers, musicians, curators and collectives to propose an event that relates to Autograph’s mission to explore issues around identity, representation, human rights and social justice.

This might include – but certainly isn’t limited to – spoken word and performance, in-conversation and Q&A events, or film screenings.

Deadline to apply: 10am on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

This year we are inviting proposals for online events only.

Autograph will commit a budget of up to £500 to cover AV, access related costs, and contributor fees. Your proposed event or activity therefore needs to be of a suitable scale to fit this budget. Autograph can also support successful applicants with advice on proposals to secure additional resources in cash or kind from elsewhere.

You/the collective will also receive a single £250 curatorial fee.

Please note: this is not an exhibition opportunity and any exhibition proposals received will not be considered.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for proposals: 10am on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

A final decision will be made by the end of July, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Meetings with successful applicants will take place in July / August 2020.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications can be made either in writing or via video. Written documents should be no more than two sides of A4. Images should be sent as separate files. Videos should last no more than 5 minutes.

To apply, please send us the following
• Your name and contact details
• About you and your work – feel free to include links and reference images (sent as separate files to the written application) where relevant
• Your proposed idea, including an outline of potential contributors / speakers / performers etc.
• Who is this event or activity aimed at?
• Any other information you feel is relevant to your application and that you would like us to be aware of.

Please send your application by email or WeTransfer to livvy@autograph-abp.co.uk with ‘Open Call’ and your full name in the subject line.

We are committed to making the application process as accessible as possible. If you would prefer to apply in another way more accessible to you, contact Livvy at livvy@autograph-abp.co.uk

FAQs

Can I apply to put on an exhibition of works at Autograph? 
No, this is a not an exhibition opportunity and any exhibition proposals received will not be considered. Autograph’s exhibitions are planned on a significantly longer timescale.

Who can apply to the open call? 
The open call is intended to support emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. Applicants can be of any age. We understand ‘emerging’ to cover people across a spectrum of experience, which includes those who have not developed an event of any kind before. The selection process will prioritise emerging practitioners above more established practitioners.

Can I propose an event to take place on a specific date? 
You are welcome to propose an event to take place on a specific date, however please bear in mind that Autograph run a year-round programme of activity and our events need to work flexibly around the programme, so we may not be able to offer a specific date you propose.

What would the budget cover?
Autograph will commit a budget of up to £500 to cover AV, access related costs, and contributor fees. Your proposed event or activity therefore needs to be of a suitable scale to fit this budget. Applicants are welcome to bring their own resources and funding to the events. Autograph’s programming team will provide successful applicants with support around developing their event in line with the budget and can offer advice on proposals to secure additional resources in cash or kind from elsewhere. As a guideline, Autograph offers contributors a fee of £125 for short events (up to 3.5 hours). In addition to the budget, Autograph are also offering successful applicants a £250 curatorial fee.

Have any more questions?  We’d love to hear from you, email Livvy Murdoch, our Learning and Participation Manager at livvy@autograph-abp.co.uk

SPECIAL THANKS

Thank you to Mouth That Roars for allowing us to use images from their film A Different Way of Seeing.
Watch A Different Way of Seeing on Autograph's blog here.

Images: 1) Detail film still from A Different Way of Seeing, 2020. Courtesy Mouth That Roars. 2) From our online event with Disability Arts Online, DIS_connect: Disability and Digital (im)mobilisation. 13 May 2020.