I am sorry for the late notice as the deadline for submissions is Oct. 9, 2015 so there’s not much time to prepare. In any event, here’s more information about the Big Bang Residency Program call for proposals,
Every September, Beakerhead erupts onto the streets and venues of Calgary with cultural works that have science or engineering at their core. This is a call for proposals to build a creative work through an initiative called the Big Bang Residency Program. The work will be built over the course of a year with a collaborative team and will premiere on September 14, 2016, at Beakerhead in Calgary, Canada.
About the Big Bang Residency Program
The Big Bang Residency Program is funded by the Remarkable Experience Accelerator; a joint initiative of Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Hotel Association. The program is led by Beakerhead with partnership support from the internationally renowned Banff Centre.
The program will support the creation of a total of three major new artworks over three years that will premiere internationally in Calgary during Beakerhead each year. This residency program will support:
- One team per year each consisting of no less than four and no more than five individuals (additional support members are possible; however, the maximum size of the core team in residence will be five).
- Two weeks in residence total; one week in the late fall and one week the following summer, with exact dates to be arranged with The Banff Centre and the selected team in residence. The production of the work is expected to take place in-between these two residency periods in Calgary.
Call for Proposals
Beakerhead and The Banff Centre will support the design and build of a work to be shared with the world during Beakerhead, September 14 to 18, 2016. It will be created over the course of the year, which will include two weeks in residence at The Banff Centre with an interdisciplinary team of collaborators.
Who is Eligible?
This Call for Proposals is open to international artists, engineers, architects, designers, scientists and others. In addition to meeting the requirements for team composition below, the team must have a connection to Calgary so that the building of the work takes place in Calgary, the work is developed in Banff, the work premieres in Calgary and calls Calgary its home base. The proposal need not be submitted by a complete team: individuals may apply. The team can be assembled with support from The Banff Centre and Beakerhead to ensure that the collaboration of artists and engineers will result in a project that is created in Calgary/Banff over the course of the year.
Each team must include:
- At least one individual who has received specialized art training (degree from a recognizing art institution) and has developed and exhibited a body of work;
- At least one individual who has received specialized engineering training (degree from an accredited engineering school), and previous experience in any artistic medium;
- Other members of the team should bring additional art and design skills, technical skills and project management skills. They may include emerging and professional roles.
Staging and Exhibition
The engineered artworks produced during the residency will be presented during Beakerhead in an unprecedented spectacle of performance and public engagement. The staging of the premiere may be developed in partnership with other venues, as dictated by the artworks. Many Beakerhead events take place in partnership with existing venues, such as theatres, galleries, public spaces, business revitalization zones, universities and libraries. The artistic disciplines may include installation, performance, visual art, music or any other media.
The successful proposal will meet the following criteria.
- Location: The installation will be in a public location or available venue in Calgary, Alberta, from September 14 to 18 2016, and can be toured afterwards. Park-like settings and public roadways may be possible.
- Dimension: There is no limit on dimension. However, proposals for works that can engage larger numbers of people at the scale of public art will be given preference.
- Scope: Preference will be given to works that are both arresting to view and interesting to experience first-hand.
- Install and De-install: Up to four days can be provided to install and de-install. The successful team must be capable of completing this work with volunteer crews.
- Material: All materials must meet North American and European building and fire safety codes.
A budget of CAD 24,000 is available for materials and supplies. The artist/collaborator fee is CAD 5,000 per team member up to CAD 25,000. Two weeks in residence will be provided for a five-person team, including accommodation and meals at The Banff Centre. Support for venue rental over the winter for build space will be provided, as well as heavy equipment costs.
The budget may include:
- All additional materials costs
- Equipment services/rental for installation and de-installation
- Contracted labour for specialized services
- Documentation expenses
- Stipend per team member (CAD 5,000 per member up to CAD 25,000)
- Workshop and fabrication space rental in Calgary
The budget may not include:
- Travel costs
- Salaries and wages
If the budget proposed exceeds the amount of funding available, please detail your plans for acquiring additional funds to make up any projected shortfall.
Preference will be given to projects that consider:
- Delightful and thought-provoking experiences at the crossroads of art and engineering
- Use of public space
- Assembly, strike and touring ability
- Engagement of a large volume of viewers
- Durability for multiple days of high volume public interaction
Important 2015/16 Dates
- Aug 6, 2015: Call for proposals
- Oct 9: Deadline for submissions
- Nov 6: Announcement of the successful proposal
- Dec 6: Presentation of the successful team at the annual Beakerhead partners meeting
- Dec 7-12*: Residency Week 1 in Banff: Detailed production plan completed
- Jan 20, 2016: Concept unveiled to public and build volunteers engaged
- Feb-August: Build period in Calgary
- Aug 22-27*: Residency Week 2 in Banff: Presentation planning and rehearsals
- Sept 14 – 18: International premiere at Beakerhead!
*dates may change
The program will lift off with an announcement in August 2015, and the first major artworks premiered in September 2016. A second round will be announced in the summer of 2016, and a third in the summer of 2017.
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend Beakerhead 2015 (September 16 – 20), or have an associate attend, to fully understand the presentation opportunities. The final team will be announced in the fall, and will commence the term with a one-week period “in residence” at the Banff Centre (a week to work full-time on the project) to develop the detailed design and production plan. The partnership with The Banff Centre will support the development of design drawings and a business strategy.
The build will then take place over the winter and summer in Calgary. Beakerhead will support the successful team by making introductions to local resources and facilities.
The team in residence will be strongly encouraged to engage an expanded team of volunteers in the building process to create a community of support around the spectacle element.
There are more details here including the information on how to make a submission.