The Library Presents Open Call – for Autumn 2020

Open Call for Artists & Performers

About The Library Presents

The Library Presents programme has a two-phase selection process:

  1. An open call, where we welcome Expression of Interest (EOIs) from artists, suggesting material for The Library Presents menu.
  2. The selected EOI’s are compiled onto a Menu that is shared with the public. The public then help choose what arts activities they would like to see in their respective libraries.

This is an open call for artists to suggest material for The Library Presents menu for Autumn 2020.

The Library Presents is currently planning for our Autumn Season (Oct-Dec 2020) which will include a mixture of performances, digital work and participatory workshops.

Cambridgeshire County Council has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England to run The Library Presents in partnership with Babylon ARTS until 2022. The Library Presents programme will bring quality arts activities into Libraries in market towns and villages across Cambridgeshire.

The programme aims to inspire and deliver a vibrant inclusive programme of high-quality arts activities in accessible and welcoming venues.

We need to create a menu that contains a balance of art forms and which is not overwhelming for those choosing from it. There will be a selection process and artists will be notified by 13th March 2020 about whether they have been shortlisted and included on the menu. The Menu will then be shared with Library volunteers and local community groups who will help select the arts activities. In May artists will be notified whether they have been selected for the Autumn 2020 programme.

For more information visit: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts

Creating a vibrant, exciting, diverse and inclusive programme of high-quality arts activities with Libraries across Cambridgeshire.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 7th February 2020.

If you are interested in The Library Presents programme, wish to submit an Expression of Interest to our Autumn 2020 season or have any questions surrounding the programme, please sign up to one of the available ‘advice surgeries’ with Florence Rose, Babylon ARTS. Babylon ARTS is the arts partner on The Library Presents project, managed by Cambridgeshire County Council. 

The doodle poll of available advice surgeries can be found here: https://doodle.com/poll/rkqpdwe3yyssz3m8  Please sign up to a surgery with your name, then please email florence.rose@babylonarts.org.uk, with the phone number you wish to be called on, and a brief overview on what you would like to discuss during your surgery. Please provide a website/link to show if relevant.

What we are looking for:

  • High-quality arts activity.
  • Activity drawn from a broad range of art forms (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, digital arts, spoken word, puppetry, circus, magic, comedy etc.). This is not a definitive list, if in doubt please contact us for guidance.
  • Performances / events less than 45 minutes should consider a double bill (of different shows) or an additional workshop / talk with the performance suitable for the whole audience.
  • 2 hour workshops (Proposals for a series of 3 or 4 sessions are welcome).
  • An inclusive and diverse programme of activities that includes work representing different backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
  • Artists and companies who are able to adapt or develop their activity so that it can be accommodated in library spaces.
  • Non-offensive content, we will not programme an arts activity that contains swearing.It is our wish that the menu offers an inspiring range of choices with content for different ages and tastes. We are developing new audiences and would be interested to see arts activity / events that would appeal to younger adult audiences (20-45yrs approx) and young people (12-25yrs approx).
  • It is our wish that the menu offers a wide breadth of choice for the workshops, therefore we would be interested to see a wide range of applications from visual arts/creative workshops.
  • If you are an agent representing multiple performers, please only apply with the one arts activity that you deem most suitable.
  • There are a number of significant anniversaires or themes coming up in Autumn ’20 including: Black History Month (Oct), National Poetry Day (3 Oct), World Mental Health Day (10 Oct), Inktober (Oct), World Kindness Day (13 Nov), Diwali (Nov). If your work covers any of these themes please tell us in your application.

Pricing Model:

We anticipate the cost per event to be approximately the following amounts:

Performances / Exhibitions / Happenings / Event based activity / Digital £500-£900 (excl. VAT). Your fee should include costs for all travel, accomodation etc.

Workshops / Participatory activity for at least 15 people costing up to £250 (excl. VAT) per 2-hour session. Your fee should include costs for all materials, travel, and delivery.

Please give us your usual rate and/or a range of pricing options, for example, a mix of performance and workshop or multiple performances.

About our Venues:

Our venues are Library spaces with capacities of between 40 and 80 people for performances and between 15 and 30 people for workshops (depending on the artist & type of activity).

Our activity programme fits around normal library opening times. Therefore your get-in time must be no more than 3 hours and the less time required the more options there will be for dates and start times. We can provide and operate basic PA, static lighting and backdrops but please note that our venues have no in-house technicians to support the setting up and running of additional equipment artists bring with them.

The space available at venues varies. Our smaller venues (approx 6 libraries) can offer a maximum performance area of 4m x 2m and 2m height. Our largest venues can accomodate most performance sizes (approx 6 libraries with a 2.8m height restiction). If your performance requires a much larger space please specify this as we have occasionally programmed in non-library venues. Flooring is variable with the majority of spaces being carpeted. There is currently limited raised staging available and seats are not raked. Please let us know of any issues this might cause with visibility of your arts activity, and ideas on how this might be addressed.

In this, our third year, we will be working with approximately 23 libraries, located in market towns and villages. This map shows the Cambridgeshire libraries.

How To Apply

‘Please  click here to view the open call for artists & performers and submit an online application suggesting material for The Library Presents menu for  Autumn 2020 (Oct-Dec 2020).’

Spot On Lancashire: Library Touring Commission

Spot On Lancashire is a rural and library touring network, currently engaging with 30 libraries and 25 rural community venues across the county. We deliver two season of professional touring theatre, dance, music and family shows a year in partnership with libraries and rural volunteers. 

Spot On is part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio through a consortium with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts. This commission is funded by Arts Council England’s National Lotteries Grants Programme, Super Slow Way (Creative People and Places) and the Near Neighbours Fund. It is managed by Culturapedia who are the accountable body and deliver Spot On Lancashire.
We are seeking to commission a touring company or freelance ensemble/individual writer/performer to devise a touring production which can take place in any library and rural community setting but will be inspired by the town of Great Harwood. The finished work will be launched in Great Harwood library. You must demonstrate an understanding of the creative challenges involved in rural or library touring. You will work in partnership with our library and their audiences. You will develop an idea to scratch/public-sharing performance level which is suitable for presentation to every scale of library and rural touring venue we work with. It will be shown to an invited public audience. We then will support you to develop and tour the completed work through our library/rural touring networks from Autumn 2020 onwards. We expect a tour-ready production but after the launch and initial tour, Spot On will support you in making further applications for wider touring of the show.

Deadline for submissions: 9am,  Friday 7th February 2020 with interviews Wednesday 26 February 2020.

Outreach activity to happen during the Spring/Summer and touring Autumn 2020

The fee is £10,000 exclusive of VAT and must cover all costs.

If you have any questions or want an informal conversation about this commission please email sue@spotonlancashire.co.uk or phone her on 01254 674777

To find out more about Spot On Lancashire visit the website.

Download the full commission details here.

Call out for Actor for new Rural touring show – Autumn 2020

Call out for Actor for new Rural touring show – Autumn 2020

Arts Alive are looking for a mature performer with a playing age of 45+ who has experience in creating devised theatre work. The performer will work with our Director and Designer to shape the show.

The Performer will ideally have a good quality singing voice and play at least one musical instrument. They will have strong physical theatre skills and will be a confident and engaging storyteller. Some puppetry experience would also be beneficial.

Audition Date; 20 January 2020, 11.30 – 4pm, The Hive , 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury  SY1 1TE

Devising Dates; 14-16 Sept 2020 – in Shrewsbury

Rehearsal week; 5- 9 Oct 2020 – in Shrewsbury

Tour Dates; 12- 16 Oct, 19- 23 Oct 2020. Across venues in Shropshire. Technician for the show will be driving a van to get to the rural venues.

(Possibility of a third week of touring , awaiting funding decision.)

Actor will need to hold a current DBS check.

Background;

Arts Alive is the rural touring scheme for Shropshire and Herefordshire www.artsalive.co.uk  and in partnership with MediaActive Projects , a creative media and moving image organisation

www.mediaactive.org was awarded Celebrating Age funding through Arts Council England. Following two years of artist led work with older people 55+, the creative material developed by participants will contribute to the shaping of the touring performance piece.

The performer will be accompanied by a technician on tour.

Fee; £3,600 -18 days work at £200 daily.

The successful actor will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation during the performance, devising, and rehearsal process.

Arts Alive is interested in performers that reflect the diversity of our nation and has an inclusive approach to opportunities for all.

To apply; please send a CV (in any format) plus either a link to an online showreel or a 1 minute performance clip captured on your phones showcasing storytelling skills to cerin@artsalive.co.uk

Spot On Lancashire: Second Outdoor Commission

Spot On have secured funding from Arts Council England to commission an outdoor arts performance in 2020. This is the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years.

The plan is for the finished piece to premiere at Thompson Park, Burnley in summer 2020 with additional performances in other locations in Lancashire between July and September.

Does this sound like something you might be interested in? Take a look at the full brief and make an application.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with your networks, by directing them to this link: https://culturapedia.co/projects/spot-on-outdoor-commission-burnley-2020/

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 2nd December 2019

Download the brief: Spot On Lancashire:  Burnley Outdoor Commission 2020 Information

Download the application form: Spot On Burnley Commission Application Form

For an informal conversation about this opportunity email Stephie Jessop: stephie@culturapedia.co