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Call for Entries: UKNA City Takeover, Leicester 2021

Call for Entries: UKNA City Takeover, Leicester 2021

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Summary:

Exhibit or perform your work in one of Leicester’s cultural spaces or unusual places, sharing your work with the public, and other participating artists including an opportunity to give an artist Q&A or short talk about the work. Leicester City Takeover is a meeting place for all creative disciplines, presenting work in a way that breaks down barriers between art forms and taking audiences on a journey across performance, visual arts, poetry and music. Artists will liaise with a Producer (Live Work) or Curator from the UKNA project team who will work with you to find the best space for your work and arrange all necessary technical and installation requirements.

When: 26th February 2021 – 1st March 2021

Where: Leicester, UK

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Key Dates

Applications open: Thursday 30 April
Deadline for Applications:  Wednesday 1 July at 5pm
Selected artists notified by: Friday 28 August 2020
City Takeover: Friday 26 Feb – Monday 1 Mar 2021
Launch night for artists: Thursday 25 Feb


UKNA City Takeover: Leicester 2021

Up to 70 new artists from across the UK takeover the city of Leicester for a long weekend. Exhibitions, performance, music, writing and film will animate cultural spaces and unusual places, presenting the work of emerging practitioners at the leading edge of contemporary arts. Our City Takeovers represent a unique opportunity and experience for artists. Be inspired by the range of work that you can see by your fellow artists from across the UK, and share your own work with new audiences and your peers. Spending an intense weekend with so many talented artists has been impactful for many previous participants. Enjoy exploring a new city and take part in talks and workshops with leading professionals and artists, covering a range of creative and professional development topics from funding and proposal writing, peer to peer artists talks and more.


Call For Entries

For the first time, there are two different routes for artists to participate in the City Takeover: Presentation of Work and Micro-residencies.

Presentation of Work

Exhibit or perform your work in one of Leicester’s cultural spaces or unusual places, sharing your work with the public, and other participating artists including an opportunity to give an artist Q&A or short talk about the work. Leicester City Takeover is a meeting place for all creative disciplines, presenting work in a way that breaks down barriers between art forms and taking audiences on a journey across performance, visual arts, poetry and music. Artists will liaise with a Producer (Live Work) or Curator from the UKNA project team who will work with you to find the best space for your work and arrange all necessary technical and installation requirements.

Micro-residencies

New for the Leicester City Takeover, artists can apply not to show a particular piece of work, but to participate in one of three collaborative residencies. The micro-residencies offer a three day retreat to connect and unite new thinking. Based on UKNA’s Weekenders, the residencies will create a space that is open; supportive; investigative and places no pressure to get it right all of the time. Artists will come from a range of art forms, from dance to architecture; music to photography; poetry to sculpture – but are not defined by this. You are welcome to leave your practice at the door and explore your ideas and creativity in unfamiliar ways, supported by the Producer (Interdisciplinary Residencies). There is little expectation beyond being curious and having time to think and to learn and share with others.
You will also have time to see other artists’ exhibitions and performances and to connect with them through social spaces.

The three micro-residency themes are Sustainability, Placemaking and Common Interest. You can find more information about these themes in the artist information pack.


What Support Do Selected Artists Receive?

  • A participation fee of £100 per person
  • Insured artwork shipping to and from Leicester
  • Public Liability insurance and insured works on site
  • All install costs (technical and equipment) will be covered by UKNA
  • Venue hire costs will be covered by UKNA
  • UKNA designated Leicester 21 team members will be on hand to support you and your work
  • Three nights accommodation in Leicester. Please note this is usually based on a shared (twin) basis but we will be monitoring this situation in light of Covid 19
  • All breakfasts at your designated hotel and one additional meal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (this might be lunch and/or a group dinner). Any additional expenses incurred whilst in Leicester, e.g drinks & snacks will need to be met by the artist
  • Travel stipend to attend the event which is offered on a distance/scale basis

Eligibility

UK New Artists (UKNA) was formally known as UK Young Artists (UKYA). As of April 2020, our opportunities are open to artists aged 18 or above who are within the first 10 years of their professional practice and have the right to live, work or study in the UK. Upon application, we will ask you to define the start of your professional practice using one of the following:

  • the date that you registered as a self-employed artist

  • the first public exhibition or performance you presented

  • your first paid commission

  • The year you completed your education or training

  • You are yet to do any of these things, and self-define the start of your professional practice

The Call for Entries is open to artists working in the following art forms:

  • Applied Art: ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, fashion

  • Design: graphic and product design

  • Digital Art: animation, projection mapping, mixed reality performance, virtual reality, game design, interactive art and installation.

  • Literature: writing, poetry, storytelling and spoken word.

  • Moving Image: film, documentary, artist video and animation.

  • Music: sound art and all genres of music will be considered from individuals, bands and collaborations.

  • Performance: theatre, dance, live art, site-specific and outdoor performance.

  • Visual Arts: fine art, photography, installation, illustration, printmaking, site-specific work and sculpture.

More details: http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/c4e-city-takeover-leicester-2021

Application details
How to apply:

You can apply here: http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/c4e-city-takeover-leicester-2021

Application close date: 1st July 2020

Participation fee:

A participation fee of £100 per person

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