QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, focussing on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, independent film and the creative use of emergent digital technologies.
Each year QUAD appoints an International Digital Fellow or Fellows to work with its Curatorial Team to develop a project for an exhibition, along with accompanying talks, advocacy and the mentoring of local and regional artists.
QUAD is seeking to appoint two outstanding Digital Fellows for 2021-2022, starting in November 2021 and concluding in October 2022, to work around a theme of ‘Play’. Play is an integral part of our lives, from when we were children, testing and enjoying the world about us, to a sense of play and exploration that continues into adulthood. Taking the notion of ‘Play’ in its broadest sense, but considering notions of playfulness, curiosity, imagination and – most importantly for QUAD and its continuing work – ‘wellbeing’ and participation, QUAD are seeking artists (from anywhere in the UK or around the world) to propose ideas for interactive, tactile and engaging works that can be either for a specific age group or intergenerational. Proposed works and ideas can be either digital or installation focused, or a mixture of the two. QUAD seeks proposals that will engage the gallery visitor both aesthetically and intellectually, but will ultimately engender a sense of play, fun, learning and engagement.
Each of the two fellows will receive a fee of £2000 to separately, or in tandem, research and develop new digital and creative new media work focused on the theme of ‘Play’, culminating in an exhibition in the summer of 2022 at QUAD – with further funds available for exhibition fees, production/ installation and travel costs; plus marketing and additional technical support.