Open call 2020 > Compass Festival (United Kingdom)

Compass commissions and presents live, interactive art projects by UK and international artists all over Leeds.  These unfold in cultural venues, civic buildings, local businesses and out on the city streets. 

The organisers are preparing the fifth edition of the biennial Compass Festival in November 2020 taking place in Leeds, UK.  

The organisers invite project proposals from artists working in any medium whose practice is based in interactive public participation, co-creating or engagement. The festival has grown in scale and ambition over the first four editions and is characterised by the exploration of communality, community building, place-making and individual experience.

The organisers will favour: 

  • Projects that break down barriers to participation and in which artists engage directly with specific communities and/or the general public.

  • Works of long duration or that can be repeated several times over a number of days.

  • Original, arresting, and thoughtful projects that generously invite public interaction. 

  • Works that engage with the climate emergency and/or promote sustainability 

  • Works that acknowledge the context of a regional city and urban environment  its possibilities, complexities and histories.

The organisers envisage supporting several projects from this open call with a mixture of cash (from £2k up to £5k) and full production support (production, marketing, press, documentation and audience engagement). Most projects will need to work to the lower end of this scale. 

Compass projects are either entirely financed through this support or in some cases, using this support as leverage for further funding. 

Deadline: 8 November 2019

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