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Site Gallery and Sheffield Doc/Fest have launched an open call for proposals to Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities Commission programme, inviting applications for digital projects in development to receive completion funding of £15,000 and to be included in the Alternate Realities exhibition.

The deadline to apply is midnight 15 January 2020.

The programme, just like the festival, is open to all artistic practices of digital non-fiction narratives. Sheffield Doc/Fest and Site Gallery encourage proposals from debut, emerging and established, multi-platform and digital artists and artist collectives from both UK and international territories.

The supported project will be exhibited as part of the Alternate Realities exhibition during Sheffield Doc/Fest’s 27th edition, taking place 4 – 9 June 2020, with the possibility of an extended exhibition run of up to one month. The commission is funded by Sheffield Doc/Fest, Site Gallery and Arts Council England.

Sharna Jackson, Artistic Director of Site Gallery says:Site Gallery have a tradition of exhibiting new media work, so we are delighted to partner with Sheffield Doc/Fest on the Alternate Realities commission again in 2020 – particularly to help those who need that support to complete their work. We’re excited to read the proposals, and work closely with the selected artists.”

Joe Cutts, Curator & Head of Alternate Realities programme says:I am excited to continue our annual tradition of launching the commission programme for artists and collectives in any stages of their practice. We look forward to welcoming proposals for strong research-backed projects in development that bring along a critical reflection into our worlds and lives.”

Previous commissioned artists include: 

Oscar Raby (Assent, 2015)

Heather Phillipson (FINAL DAYS, 2015)

Darren Emerson (Indefinite, 2016)

Alex Pearson/Marshmallow Laser Feast (Future Aleppo, 2017)

Michaela Holland & Michelle Gabel (Face to Face, 2018)

Bill Posters & Daniel Howe (Spectre, 2019)

Selection criteria and support offered

Artists and collectives from anywhere in the world are invited to submit proposals. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to innovation in digital narrative in the field of non-fiction. Evidence of a strong body of artistic work, including a proven track record of recent work, projects, exhibitions, publishing, and/or commissions is desirable, but not essential. As this is completion funding, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Site Gallery are looking for projects that have already been started or developed, provided it meets the guidelines.

Selection criteria include artistic merit of the concept and project development, how well they relate to Sheffield Doc/Fest’s aim to support artists in the emerging field of non-fiction, feasibility of production as well as commission’s projected benefit to applicant’s practice.

The selected proposal will be awarded 15,000 GBP to cover artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodation, and expenses needed for completion.

The commissioners will also secure the venue, basic AV equipment (subject to technical requirements) and technical support needed to exhibit the work as part of the festival. Sheffield Doc/Fest will act as Executive Producer and we will offer curatorial and production support in the delivery, communication, and touring of the commission.

More information can be found on Doc/Fest’s website.

Image: FINAL DAYS, Heather Phillipson, 2015

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