ArtReach, producers of Journeys Festival International, are inviting artistic proposals from artists who have sought sanctuary in Europe; who are aged between 18 – 30, based in Europe, and making work for the digital realm; and whose freedom of movement is or has been restricted or negatively impacted because of their immigration status.
In recent months across Europe, people’s freedom of movement has been restricted due to national policies to slow the spread of Covid-19. For many people this is the first time their personal freedom of movement has been limited in this way. This has caused unfamiliar feelings of fear, frustration, inconvenience and unfairness. But for people experiencing forced migration due to fleeing war and persecution in their home countries, this is the situation they have to live with every day and for many it can last many years, sometimes decades.
Journeys Festival International will be exploring this comparison by connecting young artists based in Europe who face travel restrictions due to their immigration status with UK-based creatives to create new digital artworks that can be shared online. The organisers are looking for artists with experience of making work for the digital realm to submit ideas for new artworks that explore the theme of freedom of movement. This includes, but is not limited to: film, video, animation, live streams of performances or performance scores, recorded music or soundscapes. The works will be curated by Mandla Rae and the ArtReach team and will be shared as part of the digital Journeys Festival International programme in October 2020.
The project aims to focus on the positive impact of creative integration through art and culture, helping to forge a new sense of identity and place (both locally and Europe-wide) with a strong focus on young people’s experiences and reflections at a time of significant change for Europe.
An artist fee of 1500 Euros, inclusive of all materials, is offered for each selected new work.
All applicants must be:
Between the age of 18 – 30.
Resident in a European country.
Have had their freedom of movement restricted due to immigration status.
Have the right to work in their country of residence.