Game Play for Artists

As part of the funding for Game Play from Arts Council England and The Foyle Foundation we’ll be commissioning new work from artists interested in exploring the boundaries of games and performance, specifically making work for teenagers and their families.

We love games, and we really love it when people come together in a live space to experience something as a group. That why we set up Game Play, and it’s why we love live performance. We want to find emerging artists, or individuals/collectives who are interested in making this type of performance/game work for the first time.

We are delighted to announce these two projects:

Artist Commission Proposal

About the project:
In 2020, The Place Bedford is very proud to announce that for the first time we will be commissioning new work from artists. We’re looking for creative people interested in exploring the boundaries of games and performance, specifically making work for young people aged 12-16, and their friends and families.

We love games, and we really love it when people come together in a live space to experience something as a group. That’s why we set up GAME PLAY, and it’s why we love all kinds of live performances. We want to find emerging artists, theatre makers and/or individuals/collectives who are interested in making this type of performance/game work for the first time.

The Place Bedford will commission two new pieces of work during 2020, for presentation to audiences and participants at GAME PLAY festival in January 2021. 

We’re very excited to be working with artsdepot, based in North London, to help us provide organisational support and creative space for selected artists to explore these ideas further! We’ll also be making space available at The Place through Summer & Autumn 2020 to develop their creative ideas further, through Residencies here in Bedford. Suggested dates are listed below. Please note that these dates are not exhaustive, and we can work with selected artists to provide space.

The selected artists will be invited to present scratch or work in progress at a showcase on Thursday 8th October, when the full programme for the January 2021 GAME PLAY festival will be announced. They will then develop the work for presentation to young people, families and game players at our January festival in 2021. Selected artists will need to be available for the Scratch and Performance dates.

Alongside these commissions we will be partnering with Live Art Development Agency to commission a DIY programme for 2020. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists. We’ve included some information about that brief at the end of this document, or you can find out more about the opportunity by visiting the LADA website: https://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/diy/

Dates:

Applications Open: 02 March 2020

Application Deadline: 6pm Monday 13 April 2020

Application decision & Shortlisted Artists contacted: Monday 20 April

Interviews: 04 - 06 May 2020

Residency 1: Mon 11 May – Sun 23 May

Residency 2: Mon 01 Jun – Sun 13 Jun

Residency 3: Mon 29 Jun – Sun 11 Jul

Residency 4: Mon 07 Sep – Sun 20 Sep 

Residency 5: Mon 21 Sep – Sun 04 Oct

Scratch Night: Thurs 08 Oct 

Residency 6: Mon 12 Oct - Sun 25 Oct

Performance Dates: Fri 08 Jan - Sun 10 Jan 2021

Money:
Successful applicants will be awarded a commission fee of £1600 towards their time and project. A small production cost budget of £250 will also be available for each selected application to turn their ideas into reality for the GAME PLAY festival in January 2021.

Alongside this artists will receive support from staff and volunteers at The Place Bedford, as well as mentoring (in person or online) from established artists making theatre/game work already.

Applying:

The Application form is available for download here in pdf or Word format:

GAME PLAY 2020/21 Residency Application Form (PDF)

GAME PLAY 2020/21 Residency Application Form (WORD)

LADA DIY Proposal

The Place Bedford are looking to explore opportunities for young people aged 12-16 that explore themes of play, playfulness and gamification.

We’re looking for artists excited about making Live Art that engages this age group, empowers young people (exploring issues faced by people this age, or made for people of this age), and/or exploring playfulness for family and young adults.

As part of The Place Bedford’s ongoing GAME PLAY festivals (which run each January) we are inviting proposals for a DIY project by artists (and if/where possible artists working with game designers, urban developers and/or researchers) that explore ideas of playfulness, gaming, social and family interactions, and competition vs collaborative exploration.

Is Play the future of work? Are Games the perfect medium for translation between popular culture and live art? What can playing with Live Art open up for young creatives?

We welcome critical, imaginative and irreverent interrogations of these themes. We particularly encourage applications that aim to centre underrepresented perspectives, positions or groups, or that seek to engage directly with local themes around social inclusion, youth deprivation or young people’s mental health.

For more information contact Alex (al@theplacebedford.org.uk)

To apply for the opportunity please visit: https://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/diy/

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