Open Calls

Open Call: World Heritage Artist in Residence

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will launch The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program in June 2015. This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply.

The aim of the program is to support excellence and innovation in the development of new work and to facilitate professional development opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists in a nurturing environment. The residency encourages artists to draw inspiration from one of the world’s most environmentally and historically significant locations – The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Blue Mountains have always been of inspiration for many well known artists, who produced works which are now held in Australia’s most significant galleries and collections. The

World Heritage Artist in Residency Program provides a platform for artists to create new, quality work, to preserve and interpret the history of the Blue Mountains, to educate current and future generations and to continue the great legacy of artists who have been inspired by the Blue Mountains. Artists are required to submit a concept proposal in their application form, outlining what they are planning to produce for the exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

The selected artist will be supported along the way by expert staff including the BigCi Residency Team, led by Artistic Director Rae Bolotin and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Team to ensure their time during the residency is as inspiring and productive as possible.

For more information please email Sabrina Roesner, Exhibitions Manager at



Call for Submissions
1 June – 24 July 2015
Application Form and Guidelines will be available online from 1 June 2015.

Successful artist to be announced
Monday 17 August

Residency Dates (not flexible)
17 February – 29 March 2016

Exhibition Dates
30 July – 11 September 2016

ABOUT BigCi – Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives


BigCi, located in Bilpin, Blue Mountains, is an independent, artist run,  not for profit artist residency. BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts. Artists undertake BigCi residencies to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. BigCi is a large 8-acre property, right on the doorstep of Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, about one and a half hours drive from Sydney. Located along the dramatic Botanists Way, BigCi is within easy reach by car from the world famous Blue Mountains National Park and the stunning Gardens of Stone National Park.

Top Image: BEN PEARSE Moody Blue 2014, image courtesy the artist

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Opportunity: Craft the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

This opportunity comes from Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and relates to the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award: an award celebrating sustainability in the Edinburgh Fringe since 2010. The application deadline is the 6th July 2015 at 12:00.

An opportunity for an artist interested in sustainability to craft the award presented to the winner of the 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, an official Edinburgh Fringe Award.

The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award:

Applications are now open for the 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the sustainable shows on the Edinburgh Fringe. This project, a partnership between Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, with media partner The List, rewards shows which engage their audiences with sustainability, taking responsibility for their environmental, social and economic impacts by thinking big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world. Applications are open until July 24th, with a shortlist announced in The List at the beginning of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the winner announced in a ceremony at Fringe Central on August 28th.

We’re inviting all Fringe productions — whether they’ve just started thinking about recycling, take on the hard questions about a just society, or they’ve been bike-powering venues for years — to apply for this high-profile award, and to tell us the new ideas and new ways they have for engaging with sustainability.

The award piece brief:

Application deadline: 06/07/2015

Award piece completion deadline: 24/08/2015 (the artist must be available that week to engrave the winners details on the award in time for the ceremony on 28/08/2015)

The crafted award will be presented to the winner of the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award at the ceremony at Fringe Central on Friday 28th August at 16:00.

The media employed and the final award piece is to be developed by the artist, taking into account the ideas and aspirations of the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. Suggested media would include reclaimed or recycled goods, or the use of new initiative sustainable materials.

The following engravings will be required on the piece:

  • Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award title and logo
  • Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts logo
  • The List logo
  • Creative Carbon Scotland logo
  • the name of the award winner(s) with the title of their production, and the producer and location of the production (if required)

The deadline for award piece applications is Monday 6 July 2015 at 12:00. Please send your completed Artist Application Form to:


The award piece is to be finished by Monday 24 August 2015. Due to the short time frame between the winner selection (24 August) and the awards ceremony (28 August) the artist must be available the week of the 24 August to engrave the winners details onto the piece for its presentation at the ceremony.

The successful artist will receive a fee of £250, to include any materials used in the award and time put into its creation. The artist will be featured and credited on the Creative Carbon website, and will receive an invitation to the awards ceremony in August.

For further information on the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award check out the Creative Carbon Scotland webpage.



Image: “Tools” by Janet Chan/Flickr Creative Commons

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Place to B: COP21 – The ambition

During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015, Place to B offers not only a place to stay, but also a coworking space, a program of events and a “News Fab Lab” about climate and solutions for the ecological transition.

Beyond COP21, Place to B is above all a movement fuelled by all those who want to convey the message in a different way.


How we started…

How come the world’s worst predicted disaster does not mobilise people? Why aren’t there huge worldwide  demonstrations to protect our most valuable asset – our planet -, to engage us in a real ecological transition? Does the challenge appear too distant from our everyday concerns? Doesn’t a different narrative about the world need writing?

What is Place to B?

Climate change is an anxiety-provoking subject which is difficult to tackle in the media and gives us a sense of powerlessness despite the fact that solutions exist.

Place to B answers this by creating an innovative and multidisciplinary information factory, with the ambition to write a different narrative about climate issues and to create a unique newsworthy momentum during the COP21 in Paris, December 2015.


Want to be in the center of Paris? Not far from the negotiation center but also close to the other events?

Place to B is an ideal coworking space that will welcome journalists, bloggers, graphic designers, illustrators, web developers, photographers, video makers, comedians, writers…  who want to cover the COP21 negotiations and look for an ideal workplace tailored to their needs : web connection, communication toolbox, etc.


A themed program of events will include meetings, press conferences, daily briefings, discussions with experts and public figures and the delivery of content proposed by Place to B’s COPilots. But also moments of conviviality, various workshops, film screenings, concerts… all open to public.

Want to come in Paris to follow the negotiations but can’t find an accommodation easily?

Place to B offers a place of residence in a youth hostel with 600 beds, whose prices have been specially negotiated.


Together for a new narrative

In contrast to the often alarmist and negative speeches, we wish to build a realistic narrative, which takes into account the issues that need to be popularised and which generate hope by conveying existing and future solutions, while remaining realistic.

Creating a different narrative requires disrupting production habits, transforming usual ways of thinking and questioning our practices to reach a new organisational model. Far away from conventional media discourses, the strength of such an approach is that it involves civil society as a whole in this new form of information production.

Place to B : a B for Planet B, Plan B, Bourget, RER B, Bloggers, Bottom-Up, Bees… and for “The place to be”, aka Planet Earth!

Call for Submissions: Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Exhibition

Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Exhibition
McMaster Museum of Art

Deadline: August 7, 2015

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to USA and Canadian artists exploring print processes that promote safe practice and environmentally responsible options in print media. Accepted formats include: 2 and 3-dimensional works, book works, digital and installation-based work. Exhibition fees are paid to selected artists.

The exhibition commences in January 2016 at the McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

On Friday February 26, 2016 McMaster University will host an Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Symposium in the newly renovated Studio Art Facility followed by a Public Reception for this exhibition at the Museum.

The Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Exhibition is intended to gather and showcase print artists who are seeking alternative processes, materials and approaches in order to lighten the footprint of their practice and pursue safer studio options. This might include an exploration of new technologies and products or a revival of older pre-chemical approaches. Elimination of Volatile Organic Compounds and acids, utilization of biodegradable chemicals, DIY practices, adoption of AP approved products might be examples of a paradigm shift in the discipline. General awareness of how products are made, where they come from and how they are disposed of might also be considered. Artists are also invited to explore concepts that embrace sustainability (although this is not a requirement).

This exhibition is intended to gauge where we are and promote an open sharing of successes demonstrating that we can reduce hazards and environmental impacts without a sacrifice in quality of work.

Enter: Download submission information and entry forms (pdf)

or Contact: Judy Major-Girardin, McMaster School of the Arts, for more information.

About the McMaster Museum of Art
Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.

Alvin A. Lee Building
McMaster University
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6
905.525.9140 x.23241

Admission is Free
Museum hours: Tue/Wed/Fri 11am-5pm, Thu 11-7, Sat 12-5


OPEN CALL: SES Prize Staged Readings to benefit The Jane Goodall Institute!

Saving Endangered Species Int’l Playwriting Prize is pleased to announce that the 2016 Staged Readings of the winning plays will be performed to benefit The Jane Goodall Institute, and that all proceeds from the production will be donated to The Jane Goodall Institute.

The Jane Goodall Institute was founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, and is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things through research, public education and advocacy:

  • To improve global understanding and treatment of great apes;
  • To contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats; and
  • To create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.

The SES Prize deadline is November 30th, so if you haven’t submitted a script yet, please put pen to paper, or fingers to keys, and write us a fantastic play!



PLAYA is looking for a Residency Manager who will live on location and oversee coordination and planning of the residency experience including pre-application communications, managing logistics of on-site residencies, and supporting Playa’s external programming.

PLAYA’s Mission

On the edge of the Great Basin, PLAYA offers creative individuals the space, the solitude and the community to reflect and to engage their work through its residency program. PLAYA supports innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry and encourages dialogue between disciplines to bring positive change to the environment and the world.

PLAYA, in south central Oregon, is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. PLAYA offers seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes.

The Residency Manager’s primary responsibility will be oversight of the residency program and to help create an unpressured and hospitable experience of solitude and creative interaction for residents. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Residency Manager will develop new programming that will enhance the residency experience as well as connecting with the local community and beyond.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a professional working artist or scientist with strong interpersonal communication skills and administrative experience, particularly within a non-profit. In addition the candidate should be organized, flexible, detail-oriented, and a self-motivated problem solver. Applicant must be committed to a multidisciplinary approach to change.

Applicant must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with diverse arts organizations (or equivalent) and possess strong knowledge and experience of careers in creative fields. The applicant should have experience with a variety of software including Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, social media and others. Experience in design, donor relations, program development or fundraising is helpful but not required. Send resume and cover letter to

Applicant must be comfortable living in an isolated rural community.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Managing Residency Program

  • Refine and update necessary documents for residency program, including but not limited to guidelines, applications, evaluations, website content, schedules and more.
  •  Organize and manage application process and selection committee
  • Manage “submittable” information
  • Maintain files on applicants
  • Update residency schedules, studio spaces and more with spread sheets
  • Communicate with applicants about pre-residency information and selection process
  • Update and maintain database, mailing lists, alumni and donor contacts
  • Assist with arrivals and departures, orientations and weekly dinner presence.
  • Administer and collect check out sheets and evaluations.

Support communications and administration:
The Residency Manager will collaborate with the Executive Director to:

  • Develop a strategic vision for integrating the arts and sciences and expanding recognition of Playa’s programs.
  • Increase communications and programs within the local community
  • Create and disseminate newsletters and media-releases, both online and print
  • Maintain social media and web presence.
  • Help identify and cultivate relevant new programming, emerging artists and scientists
  • Assist with purchasing, bookkeeping and basic banking.
  • Work with ED on building strong donor base, networking, advocacy and interaction with other nonprofits, corporations and partnerships locally and nationally.
  • Communicate with, and some oversight of, Playa site assistant(s) and seasonal help.
  • Maintain documentation about procedures and operations.

Hours: 40 hours per week with flexible scheduling. Some weekends and evenings required.
Compensation: $40,000-45,000 depending upon qualifications and experience.
How to apply: Send cover letter and resume with three references to:

Position start date: Open until filled.

PLAYA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, sex, religion, marital status or national origin.

Centre for Performance Research CURRENT OPEN CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS: Volume 21, Issue 2 – On/At Sea

Volume 21, Issue 2 – On/At Sea

Deadline: 6 July 2015

ON SEA / AT SEA considers how performance practice and critical perspectives on performance can be affected by the fluidity, endless motion, unchartable terrains, and endless liquid condition of the sea.

Stories about the sea or set on the sea are almost always performed on dry stages. How often does performance go to sea, as a place? Does the need for survival in this place render artistic, performative expression as something superfluous and trivial? How can a performance culture be shaped by this liquid, ever-moving terrain? Is perhaps, the sea a place where performance is suspended momentarily? – lost, at sea? For we are seldom actually ON the sea: a boat may seem to float on it, but it is always half-submerged, half-sinking into this medium. And being AT sea is a giving over to the elements, a risk taken, and a casting off from attachments and moorings.

The sea is a space just beyond every coastline of the world: to many a homogenous surface of restless, endless movement that connects all the coastlines of the world. The sea is said to be just as unknown to us as the stars and galaxies. But this unknown is an ‘inner space’, within our planetary atmosphere: a place of submerged things and intimate secrets, that lie so close to us yet remains a mystery. Beneath the planetary cortex where synapses flash between cities and grids of terrestrial industry, there is the ocean, our space within. The odd fibre-optic cable is laid down, occasionally a submarine blinks its lonely lights here, and wreckage drifts to rest here… but on the whole this space sleeps beneath us, detached, and at a different speed. The sea is our planetary subconscious, keeping secrets, then revealing them with a theatrical power: with the wreck of the Titanic, the ruins of Heracleon, the horrors awaiting the salvagers of the tomblike Kursk submarine a year after it was disabled on the Russian seabed, and the [as yet] unfound wreck of Air Malaysia Flight 370. Most recently, it has been revealed as a tragic space of border-crossing, with the attempted crossing of oceans by refugees from North Africa, Indonesia, and Haiti into westernised ‘promised lands’ (Europe, North America, Australia). As well as a site for human fears and tragedies, the sea also carries within it environmental anxieties and portents of collapse: the giant North Pacific gyre, the dismembered trunks of finned sharks, the explosion of Deep Water Horizon in 2011, or the bellies of dead fish and animals filled with plastic.

This editorial interest focuses on the sea as an unbounded, unfixed territory with no recognizable performance cartographies, asking the question – how often does performance go to sea? This is both a literal and poetic question, thus inquiring about specific nautical performances ‘on the sea’, as well as the poetic state of being ‘at sea’, that is, within a fluid, unfixed, or liquid condition. This issue of Performance Research also responds to the themes and discourse generated by the PSi#21 Fluid States globally dispersed conference in 2015. The editors invite contributions research projects and Psi#21 Fluid States participants that:

  • Gather texts on the sea and its relation to performance
  • Examine performance at sea, under the sea, on boats, or in coastal/tidal areas
  • Consider unknown spaces beyond and within, especially where the sea and oceans are concerned.
  • Draw on discourses from the PSi Fluid States dispersed conference
  • Develop new definitions for fluidity and nomadism as philosophic, relational paradigms
  • Investigate ‘liquid dramaturgies’, moving away from perspectives on performance as a linear experience beholden to dramaturgical or narrative structures.
  • Present new perspectives for performance, emerging from a philosophy born from the endless movement of the ocean, celebrating liquid, restless, and volatile contexts or processes.
  • Examine new cartographies and navigation for performance in liquid states
  • Address issues of migrancy, temporality, flux, uncertainty, and transience in relation to contemporary performance, contemporary culture, and oceanic concerns

‘On Sea / At Sea’ invites artists, practitioners, and theorists to submit proposals for critical articles (between 2,000 and 8,000 words), documents or artist’s pages, which examine, re-perform, or re-present performance in relation to the sea and liquid, fluid conditions. In keeping with the inclusive nature of the ‘Fluid States’ project, submissions are invited from a broad spectrum of perspectives and practices, focusing on a common relationship with liquidity, the sea, and oceanic states.

Sam Trubridge is the Artistic Director of The Performance Arcade in Wellington, NZ and the convenor for ‘Deep Anatomy’ – the Bahamas cluster for Psi#21 Fluid States.

Richard Gough is Artistic Director of the Centre for Performance Research, Professor of Performance Research at Falmouth University and a Fellow of the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures”, Freie Universitat, Berlin. He is the general editor of Performance Research and was founding president of PSi.

Proposals:                             6 July 2015
First Drafts:                           October 2015
Publication Date:                  April 2016

ALL proposals, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to the Journal at:

Issue-related enquiries should be directed to issue editors: Sam Trubridge and Richard Gough

General Guidelines for Submissions:

  • Before submitting a proposal we encourage you to visit our website ( and familiarize yourself with the journal.
  • Proposals will be accepted by e-mail (MS-Word or RTF). Proposals should not exceed one A4 side.
  • Please include your surname in the file name of the document you send.
  • Submission of images and visual material is welcome, PROVIDED that all attachments DO NOT exceed 5MB, and a maximum of 5 images.
  • Submission of a proposal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to submit an article in first draft by the deadline indicated above. On the final acceptance of a completed article you will be asked to sign an author agreement in order for your work to be published in Performance Research.

Opportunities: Interns to work on Environmental Art Festival Scotland 2015

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The Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) has two Internships (with stipends) to help with the 2015 Festival at the end of August – one focused on Design and Mapping and the other on Production.

Themes for the Festival this year are:

  • Inventiveness, foolishness and generosity as a way of understanding the world
  • Food, clothes, shelter and environmental sustainability
  • Hospitality, hosting and community
  • Journeys, migrations, secular pilgrimage and transformation

If these are ideas that resonate with you then access the brief for both here EAFS Internships brief

If you are interested there is a ‘drop-in’ session at The Stove in Dumfries on the afternoon of 17 June. If you can’t make it to Dumfries next week then contact Jan Hogarth directly on .

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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Opportunity: Call for contributors on arts and environment research

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This opportunity comes from IETM international network for contemporary performing arts, and relates to the larger ArtCOP21 movement that Creative Carbon Scotland will be engaging with through the facilitation of ArtCOP Scotland. Share your own practice with IETM to represent the work being done within arts and environment in your locality!

Have you developed projects and practices embedding environmental sustainability in its content and/or in the connection with the audience and local communities? Is ‘environmental sustainability’ the topic of a single project of yours, or is it part of a long-term strategy, also as regards your touring policy, stage materials and building etc.? Does tackling environmental sustainability entail any challenges in looking for support and funding?

We’re looking forward to hearing from you about how the arts can embrace environmental sustainability and bring a change in individuals and society. We’re also interested to hear about the challenges and the possible ‘failures’ you experienced, and the lessons you learned.

This new edition of IETM’s Fresh Perspectives series is developed in collaboration with COAL, the multidisciplinary Coalition for art and sustainable development set up in France in 2008 by professionals in contemporary art, sustainable development and research. This publication will be presented during ArtCOP21 in Paris, in the frame of the International Conference on Climate Change COP21.

To participate in this project, please complete the questionnaire found here through the Fresh Perspectives Call for contributors by 15th June 2015.

Image: Mona Sfeir ‘The Recycling Labyrinth’ (site-specific installation from 8,000 plastic bottles, placed near UN building in Geneva (2011) via Playing Futures/Flickr Creative Commons


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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Opportunity: Methilhill Community Garden Residency

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Opportunity expires: 29 June 2015

An opportunity for an artist interested in the environment, issues around food and with experience in working with young people. The residency will be based at the Methilhill Community Garden in Fife during the autumn of 2015 and is based on 10 days work. It is a Fife Contemporary Art & Craft (FCA&C) mini- residency and will be managed by FCA&C with project partners Common Good Food (CGF) and Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative (MCCI).

Artist Fee £2,000 plus travel expenses up to £250.

Materials budget £1,750.

Artist’s Brief

The aim is to create innovative work with the Great Outdoors Youth Group – a group of (up to 25) primary aged children based in Methilhill Community Garden and the Young Volunteers (aged 10-15). Marking the Scottish Year of Food and Drink, the project should engage in some way with the theme of food. The focus, media employed and outcome of the project is to be developed by the artist, taking into account the ideas, needs and aspirations of the group.

A detailed project plan will be established early on by the artist in consultation with the participants, volunteers, initiative staff,  FCA&C and CGF. The process and outcome of the project should contribute to the priorities listed below and enrich the experience of the children involved.

As well as working on site in the garden, the possibility of visiting other locations and including other groups of people can be considered.

The project should be well documented throughout (particularly if it is largely process based) to contribute to project evaluation and share and profile the work involved.

The artist will liaise with FCA&C throughout the project and meet twice with the project management group: after the first session to establish the project plan and towards the end of the project to review. The artist should contribute to project evaluation through a short written report.


Methilhill Community Garden is run by the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative as an outdoor play and learning space. They run a wide range of groups and clubs for local children and young people and are passionate advocates for the many benefits of spending time in nature, particularly for children. The space is a continual work in progress, a vibrant jumble of play, growing and other useful areas, which change and grow in response to the needs and enthusiasms of the participants.

MCCI  have an imaginative approach to their work, incorporating lots of opportunities for involvement with the arts, including frequent cultural events, the most recent of which celebrated Cinco di Maio, with Ramadan coming up soon. They are very keen to be able to cook food on site and are in the process of building a clay oven. They’re also fundraising for a small building, which would provide a hygienic kitchen space for the children to learn more about cooking. Shirley is keen that the children should be able to experience the cycle from growing, to harvesting, to cooking to composting food.

Although MCCI now employ several members of staff, the project also relies a great deal on voluntary support. This includes ‘young volunteers’ aged 10-15, and who play a vital role in supporting the work of the initiative, as well as gaining valuable confidence, skills and experience themselves.

Recent suggestions from participants on what they’d like to do more of included: tie dye; batik; salsa dancing; music; drama.

Priorities for MCCI are:

  • Giving local children a safe place to play and learn outside.
  • Building children’s confidence, resilience and life skills.
  • Giving children a direct experience of nature, with an understanding of the give and take between humans and the natural world.
  • Including as wide a range of people as possible in using and caring for the garden.

Fife Contemporary Art & Craft

FCA&C nurtures the creation, understanding and appreciation of high quality contemporary craft and visual art with international significance; free from the restrictions of a venue we work with partners to create enjoyable and meaningful experiences for all. Our work across Fife includes exhibition and educational activities for the public, a range of support and opportunities for artists and the promotion and retail of high quality craft.

Common Good Food

Common Good Food is a new organisation that is a practical advocate of food sovereignty in Scotland. We believe that everyone has “the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and the right to define their own food and agriculture systems”. Our work aims to support communities across the country to take control of the food system by running practical programmes: teaching skills, creating resources, and celebrating the culture of good food in Scotland.

Artist Spec

  • High quality innovative artistic practice.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with young people and developing ideas in collaboration with communities.
  • Interest in the environment / current food issues
  • Ablity to manage several aspects of the project including: project delivery, working group engagement, community engagement, consulting with and reporting to project management, project documentation, presentation of work.
  • Willing and able to travel to Methilhill for the duration of the project (this will probably involve travelling by car, as public transport locally is minimal).

 Responsibilities of the artist

  • Delivering a high quality and innovative visual art or craft experience to the group.
  • Collaboration and communication with participants, volunteers, MCCI, FCA&C and CGF.
  • Reporting to the management group as outlined in the brief.

Recording/sharing the experience of the project.

How to apply

Please email your application to  This should contain a brief outline of your approach to the artist’s brief (noting relevant experience), your current CV, and 6 images of your own work.  Please email text as Word docs or pdfs and images as .jpgs (up to 3MB in total).

Deadline is Monday 29 June 2015 at 12 noon
Interviews at Methilhill Community Garden will be on Saturday 4 July

Full details including artist’s brief can be found on FCA&C’s website –

For further information, please contact (Diana Sykes), or call 01334 474610, or visit

Image: Flickr Creative Commons/Qtea

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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