Small Encounters

If you are, or know an artist interested in developing performances for intimate settings then you should know about a four day research event at mac birmingham organised by the Small Encounters Collective. There’s a £300 fee for successful applicants…

Developing ‘Small Encounters’: Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 May 2012

Organised by the Small Encounters Collective.
Supported by Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham and funded by Arts Council England.

The Small Encounters Collective is inviting proposals from emerging and experienced West Midlands-based artists to participate in a four-day professional development laboratory exploring and developing intimate performance.

The laboratory will run for four days at mac, Birmingham, and will consider the challenges of creating work specifically for one-to-one performance or for small audiences or groups of participants. The research will also explore bespoke tent-like portable prototypes as potential environments for intimate encounters. At the end of the laboratory, works-in-progress will be shared with an invited audience and there will be an opportunity for feedback and discussion.

Our ambition is for this development piece to become part of a mini-festival of intimate performance hosted by mac in November 2012, and that some may go on to tour festivals and other venues into 2013 and beyond.

During the laboratory, artists will be mentored by Adrian Howells, an internationally-respected artist in this area, whose work includes Foot Washing for the Sole, Salon Adrienne and The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding. Adrian has a keen interest in ethics, intimacy and mutual exchange.

Successful applicants will be paid a fee of £300.

How to apply

To register your interest in this project, please send us no more than one page of A4 which includes:

• a paragraph about you and your practice
• a paragraph about your ideas and how you would like to explore them
• a paragraph about why this opportunity is of interest to you
• links to video/ images/ reviews of your previous work
• contact details for someone within the sector who can recommend your work.

Please also attach a CV

By: Tuesday 10th April 2012 at 5pm

The Small Encounters Collective is Antonia Beck, Jill Dowse, Charlotte Gregory and Lucy Nicholls.

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