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Art & About Sydney 2019/20 expressions of interest

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The City of Sydney seeks expressions of interest for the Art & About Sydney 2019/20 program.

We’re looking for big ideas that temporarily transform public and unusual spaces in the City of Sydney’s area. We wish to engage, involve and inspire Sydneysiders and seek creative projects that share this aim.

Ideas and proposals from all art disciplines are welcome. Anyone with a big creative idea that meets our creative brief can apply.

With a focus on art in unusual places, the year-long calendar of projects is part of realising City of Sydney’s Cultural Policy and Action Plan.

This is an open call for proposals from local, interstate and international artists. You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply.

  1. Brief

    We’re looking for projects that:

    • are temporary works presented in a public or unusual space
    • demonstrate artistic excellence
    • are innovative
    • involve or engage the audience in its development / presentation or both.
  2. Exhibition dates

    Selected works will be realised between January 2019 and July 2020.

  3. Budget

    A number of projects will be supported, valued from $10,000 to $85,000 each. Budgets for the project are to cover all costs for the presentation of the artwork.

  4. Project development

    For shortlisted projects, the City may pay the artist/organisation a fee of $1,000 (plus GST if applicable) to refine the proposal.

  5. Submission requirements

    All submissions must be made through the online form. Emailed submissions won’t be accepted. Ensure you allow enough time to apply.

    To complete the form, the following are required:

    1. Contact details.
    2. Artist/s team bio or CVs
    3. Artwork statement (2500 characters) describing the artwork/project concept.
    4. Artists’ impression /concept drawings of the proposed work/project.
    5. An indicative budget.

    Please ensure that all files are clearly labelled with the applicant’s name. Maximum file size for each is 5MB.

  6. Evaluation

    Proposals will be evaluated according but not limited to:

    • creative approach
    • use of public/unusual space
    • calibre/experience of artist/s/team
    • audience engagement/experience.
  7. Timeline

    Stage 1: Expressions of interest open Tuesday 3 July 2018 Expressions of interest close 5pm Sydney time Friday 7 September 2018

    Stage 2: Shortlisted project proposals due November 2018

    Stage 3: Selected artists notified December 2018

  8. Locations of works

    Art & About projects can take place anywhere within the City of Sydney’s area. View maps of the City of Sydney’s area..

    The City is also happy to work with artists to investigate securing location approvals from private property owners.

  9. Contact

    For enquiries please email Art & About.

    Please note that only written enquiries will be addressed.

  10. Links

    City of Sydney

    Creative City Sydney

    City of Sydney cultural policy

    City of Sydney – our villages

    Expressions of interest have closed