Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival has announced the return of the Artist in Residence programme - D.I.V.A., which will see a bursary of €5,000 shared amongst the successful artists. Taking place at Stradbally, Co. Laois from 30th August – 2nd September, and featuring Massive Attack, N.E.R.D. and Kendrick Lamar, Electric Picnic is Ireland’s largest music and arts festival.
Standing for Diverse Individual Visual Artist, D.I.V.A. is Electric Picnic’s funded Artist In Residence Award & Bursary. In its third year, the D.I.V.A. programme will provide an opportunity for professional Irish Visual Artists to exhibit an existing work to the 55,000 strong festival audience within the festival’s unique environment.
A bursary of €5,000 will be offered to be shared amongst the successful artists, of which there will be a maximum of four, who through the exhibition of their work will help create an amazing backdrop to the festival experience.
In many ways Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival is one large-scale collaborative art project - a transient work of immersive and experiential escapism. It attracts a wonderfully open audience, who are eager to absorb the world that has been created for their enjoyment. They are energetic, adventurous and curious people. They want to explore and experience, and they expect to be challenged.
The 31st of August to the 2nd of September will see 55,000 people descend on the festival site at Stradbally, Co. Laois, all eager to be enthralled by the music and the sights, offering a captive audience for artists.
With more than one hundred acts expected to grace the multitude of stages across the weekend, 2018’s Electric Picnic is set to feature troubadour George Ezra, indie rockers The Kooks, and post-grunge rockers Garbage. The return of the annual event follows on from 2017’s sell-out, which saw eighties’ icons Duran Duran close preceding’s in an explosion of colours and sounds.
Electric Picnic is calling on artists to submit a work they have already conceived and to reimagine it for this exhibition in this unique festival environment. Organisers are throwing the net wide, looking for works that are thought provoking or works that are simply beautiful; works from all mediums, styles and philosophies are welcomed.
The artists awarded the D.I.V.A. bursary will live and work onsite for a duration during the "build phase" of the festival and will use this time to adapt their chosen work to this very unique environment. Works must be installed and completed by the 24th of August 2018. The process will involve dialogue with event organisers to ensure that the artworks created suit the festival environment, both visually and practically. Artists are responsible for providing the structures and materials required for the installation of their work and adaptation to the environment in question. Certain resources can be made available to the artists subject to availability and advance arrangement.
HOW TO APPLY:
You do not need to develop a lengthy proposal in order to apply to the D.I.V.A. programme. As the work will already be in existence, the process will simply involve an email in which you will include photographs of the work, together with a description of the work and a short biography of the artists background and experience. A short description of how you might adapt the work to the festival environment would be advantageous.
TO APPLY, email the above to: email@example.com
The artists awarded the D.I.V.A. residency at Electric Picnic will be a part of the festival community and of the fabric of the festival itself and are invited and encouraged to run away and join the wonderful festival circus!
DIVA was born in 2014, in a small gallery in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. It was a reaction to the difficulty in finding exhibition spaces and funding, that didn’t require lengthy academic plans and proposals. It was for artists who had trained themselves to think in the visual rather than in words. To encourage an emotional and organic approach to making work. As the program often combines the knowledge and ability of artists through collaboration, it becomes in essence a performance that grows and mutate.
The process is as important as the out come, and the learning is often the one that surprises us all. I am delighted that Electric Picnic continue to include and fund DIVA as a worth while program . It offers both education and exposure in a fun environment, while making a few quid. DIVA is an art project based on the Munich's "Degenerative Art Exhibition" of 1937, the Entartete Kunst, and Paris’ "Exhibition of Rejects", the Salon de Refuses, 1874. DIVA revels in our differences and seeks to think outside the box. It challenges the comfort zones and will force you to think on your feet. DIVA is organic in itself as it refuses to follow rules… other than health and safety in the festival environment. If you get selected for the Artist in Residency program you and your team will in a sense become a silent band and your stage is Electric Picnic with a guaranteed audience of 55,000. You need to be brave. It is exciting yet contemplative, huge yet personal, temporary yet permanent, playful and yet
Past D.I.V.A. Paul Connell says; "Being a part of DIVA, and working with some truly talented artists and curators was the best possible opportunity for an eager 20 year old artist! The program pushed me to explore new methods of display, finish, scale, and collaboration that I would have never dared attempt alone. Electric Picnic as a venue is the most amazing place to exhibit work, and feel creativity in the air. If it weren't for DIVA, I wouldn't have the confidence I now have as a visual artist."
Alan Meredith, another former DIVA adds; "The Diva program allowed me develop a new outdoor sculpture and to showcase my work to a large audience. The application process was no nonsense and allowed the freedom necessary to explore new ideas.''
Assessment will be based upon the following:
• Review of images of completed works being proposed by applicant artists
• Review of artists biographies/CVs/backgrounds
• Suitability of artists work to exhibiting within the festival environment, taking into account such things as scale, durability in the outdoor arena, public safety, etc.
• Interest in collaborating with other artists and with the festival production team
• Openness to development of ideas beyond the scope or boundaries of the original concept to deliver a suitable installation within a unique environment
• Name of artist (groups of artists who have collaborated on a single work may apply)
• Biographies/CVs/websites or other sources of information about the background of each professional Artist proposing to collaborate together
• Images of previous work by each of the Artists and/or link to Instagram, Facebook, etc., showing previous work. (Visual representation of previous work will be the tool employed most significantly in determining the group of artists to whom the award will be made).
• The bursary is given for the most part to facilitate transport, build and adaptation of a piece to the environment
• The artworks will remain in the ownership of the artist. It is the artists responsibility to disassemble and remove the work from site within two days of the festival’s conclusion.
• As the works will be displayed out-of-doors, durability of materials will be important. Damage to artwork can occur so please be aware of this and comfortable with this.
• The moneys provided must include all material costs of installation and adaptation
• Lighting for select pieces will be provided by the festival.
• Each work must be accompanied by a sign, created by the artist, detailing the name of the artist, the name of the work and a brief description of the work. This will be installed adjacent to the work onsite.
• The Electric Picnic festival as a gallery space is challenging in a number of respects. Size matters. The size of the structures within the space mean that works must be large to be impactful.
• Electric Picnic is a smorgasbord of ideas and colours. This is its strength in many ways, but from a visual arts prospective this creates a complex and competing visual field. The key to success here will be being open to working with the project curators on the location, adaptation to space and installation.
Timeline for process:
• Application deadline: May 30th at 12 noon
• Announcement of awarded artists: June 14th
• Onsite dates: a select number of days between the 12th-24th of August. Dates and times to be discussed and agreed with festivals Creative Producer
• Installation: by the 24th of August
• De-installation of artworks: by the 4th of September
• Bursary payment schedule - 35% upon receipt of invoice and approved Purchase Order, 35% two weeks in advance of the festival and 30% one month post festival.
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