Mason Dixon on Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:40:58 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Call for proposals: Lancashire Digital Engagement Commission (UK)


> folly, a leading digital arts organisation working in the Northwest  
> of England and online, seeks to engage an artist in innovative  
> creative consultation activity in the county of Lancashire.
> folly wishes strengthen our offer of high quality digital arts  
> provision in Lancashire. To achieve this, thanks to a grant from  
> Lancashire County Council (LCC), folly is offering a £3500 artist's  
> commission to develop and deliver a project for and with the people  
> of Lancashire in Spring 2009. This "Digital Engagement Commission"  
> will question the role of digital arts and its meaning and benefits  
> for audiences in Lancashire - people who live or work in the county,  
> visitors and those who have an interest in engaging with it virtually.
> Project outline and background information
> According to Lancashire County Council's Cultural Strategy ( 
> ), "Lancashire is a county of great diversity, both in its  
> environment and its communities. It boasts beautiful and dramatic  
> rural landscapes and has a rich built heritage embedded in its  
> cities, towns and villages. It is also home to 1.1 million people  
> who provide its energy, innovation and spirit of enterprise."
> Lancashire is situated between the conurbation of Manchester and  
> Liverpool to the South, Cumbria and the Lake District National Park  
> to the North and the Yorkshire Dales to the East.
> folly's programme of digital arts activities includes a broad range  
> of projects using new and emergent technologies in creative ways.  
> folly supports work that enriches lives and encourages people to  
> engage with digital arts and cultural activity through projects that  
> place great emphasis on process, production and participation.
> Specialists in the creative use of technology and arts participation  
> online, folly is interested in how society makes sense of the world  
> through art and technology. folly works across sectors and  
> challenges traditional arts values by acting as facilitators of  
> engaging and rich experiences, enabling artists and audiences to  
> rethink content, value and meaning of the arts.  folly believes in  
> the power of networks and communal thinking and takes a  
> collaborative approach to developing projects.
> With this in mind the commissioned artist will undertake innovative  
> consultation with the people of Lancashire, questioning the role of  
> digital arts and its meaning and benefits for them. The artist will  
> reach these people physically at sessions held at a maximum of five  
> libraries in Lancashire county, developing appropriate sessions in  
> liaison with LCC Libraries and Information Services and folly.
> The artist will make the consultation process publicly visible in an  
> engaging and creative online platform. The participatory  
> consultation activities should take the form of both unique and  
> engaging physical sessions and virtual engagement via the publicly  
> accessible online platform. This platform could be developed  
> especially by the artist or could make use of existing social  
> networks. Any software developed for the project would be licensed  
> under the latest general public license and any other works  
> developed as part of the project would be licensed under creative  
> commons attributions share alike.
> Expected outcomes of this commission:
>    * A series of unique artist led sessions with various groups,  
> taking place across the county of Lancashire at a maximum of five  
> libraries The location of the libraries will be identified by LCC.  
> The sessions should:
>          o offer a variety of audiences the chance to experience and  
> find out more about digital art and what new technologies can offer  
> them creatively
>          o allow participants to have their say about what digital  
> arts provision would be most meaningful/relevant/interesting to them
>          o build a sense of ownership and encourage the development  
> of audience-led ideas which have a real chance of happening in the  
> future
>    * An online platform for continued public engagement with the  
> project and questions/issues it raises. This platform will:
>          o make the whole consultation process visible in an easily  
> accessible and understandable way
>          o allow for ongoing engagement with the questions and  
> issues raised through the project, for both attendees of physical  
> sessions and new virtual participants from across the county.
>    * The findings of the commissioned artist's activities are  
> intended to inform folly's methodology for future delivery in  
> Lancashire.
>    * Artistic outcomes and ideas generated through the artist's  
> engagement with people in Lancashire and online are hoped to  
> actively feed into folly's artistic programme for 2009 and beyond.
> The fee available for this project is £3500 ex VAT, with an  
> additional £1000 available for travel, accommodation and other  
> expenses.
> The successful applicant will need to be available to attend  
> physical sessions throughout the county of Lancashire in February,  
> March and April 2009, as well as being available to engage virtually  
> with audiences throughout the project's life. It is anticipated that  
> the online platform will remain live beyond the project's physical  
> life, continuing to develop and grow through input from it's users.
> In addition to the stated fee, folly will host the web presence and  
> moderate user-generated content if required. folly also has some  
> technical equipment which can be made available for the physical  
> sessions and a body of web-based and physical projects which can be  
> drawn from and used/discussed throughout the consultation process if  
> appropriate. The artist and project will be supported by folly's  
> artistic programming and technical staff.
> Deadline for applications: 2nd February 2009
> Applications should include a recent CV, evidence of previous  
> relevant work, a proposal of how you intend to achieve the outcomes  
> stated above and an indication of how you anticipate spending the  
> £3500 budget. Please also include a completed equal opportunities  
> monitoring form, available to download from the folly website at 
> .
> folly is committed to Equal Opportunities in our employment,  
> programme and services.
> For an informal discussion or any questions please contact Jennifer  
> Stoddart, Projects Manager on jennifer.stoddart 'at' or  
> phone 01524 388550 during office hours.
> For information on folly's full programme of digital arts activities  
> in the Northwest and online explore
> Applications should be sent by email to Wendy Rogerson, folly  
> Administrator - wendy.rogerson 'at' - by 12 noon GMT on  
> Monday 2nd February 2009.
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