25.09.2020

Signal Film & Media > The Digital Forest (UK)

Grizedale Forest & Signal Film and Media, with support from Art Fund, are seeking a socially engaged digital artist/collaborative to create a new, online participatory artwork responding to Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in the North West of England.

During lockdown the forest continued to grow, wildlife became more abundant and changed its behaviour, people formed a new sense of value for access to outdoor space and nature.

The Digital Forest will capture a truly unique moment in time as visitors slowly return to the forest and once again become reconnected with nature. This project has been designed so that underrepresented groups are very much part of that reconnection as we open up the forest to become the gallery, studio and playground for all as new relationships are formed through digital media and creativity.

The commissioned artist will work alongside a local BAME/BIPOC community group to increase engagement with the forest and digital art for this underrepresented audience/visitor group. The project will provide new learning and testing of innovative working practices aimed at helping develop artwork beyond the physical forest so that more people, from more backgrounds, can engage with art inspired by the forest. The project will start 19 October 2020 and end 12 February 2021.

The organisers offer:

  • An Artist fee of £3000 plus accommodation, travel and production fee of £1000.

  • Studio/work space.

  • Curatorial, practical and technical support throughout the residency.

  • Wide Publicity and Marketing with associated public events.

  • Online Exhibition on Forestry Commission Website.

Applications are welcome from artists working in any discipline, and/or with a cross-disciplinary practice but the organisers expect artists to have a commitment to, and track record in, using digital media and the online/virtual space in their practice, as well as experience of, and the passion for, working in a socially engaged and /or
participatory way.

Deadline: 5 October 2020

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