Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Artists! Apply to the Arches and do a massive event starring me

As part of BEHAVIOUR, The Arches’ festival of international performance, The Arches is planning a special late night event in Spring 2014 which uses the cavernous spaces of The Arches and takes in the astonishing breadth of The Arches’ activity, whether it be live music, performance art, theatre, clubbing, or any more of the building’s disparate strands.

It's more churnalism time from Vile. This press release comes from Glasgow's top night-spot and the venue that has hosted the Mighty Criticulous Trilogy (see blog posts passim for details of that revolutionary process).

Here's the bit that got my attention:

We are looking for a dynamic artist/producer/collective to work with The Arches to create an immersive and innovative clubbing/party experience which will appeal to a wide variety of people, using the space in new ways and showcasing some of the most exciting national or international artists around.

My first thought was: here's a chance for Criticulous to organise an entire evening. Sadly, the phrase 'will appeal to a wide variety of people' probably counts me out as a leader on this project. My current work, The Naked Critic, has a niche audience. 

However, I know that there are plenty of readers of the blog who could deal with this. My suggestion is that someone picks up on it, and invites me to be part of their team. I have a couple of suitable solo pieces that they could program. Plus, I know a bit about dramaturgy now.

We are looking for statements of interest from:

> Performers, makers and practitioners of all disciplines who also have the skills to produce events
> Curators
> Producers
> Producing/arts collectives

We are open to a variety of ways of interpreting this brief as long as the night has a celebratory, hedonistic atmosphere combined with groundbreaking artistic work. The evening itself might include elements from disparate artist disciplines, including live art, visual art, digital art, music, theatre, dance, film and cabaret.

Hedonistic? Watch me party. Live Art? I recently devised a witty response to the rigours of being a critic. Cabaret? I can take my clothes off, burlesque style, for a fee. Dance? Better leave that to the experts...

We are offering a total production budget of £7000 which should include:

• Producers’ fee (including travel and accommodation if necessary)
• Performance fees plus travel and accommodation (per diems as appropriate)
• Space dressing/effects
• Any extra technical hires outwith Arches stock

And a finder's fee if anyone applies and gets it after reading my blog. I think 50p for a cup of tea would be fair.

In addition, The Arches will provide:

• Project management support
• Administrative support
• Technical assistance
• Staffing for the event
• In house sound and lighting facilities
• Rehearsal space (if necessary)
• Billing and marketing of the event
• Headline music act (to be announced)

N.B. While we are open to proposals from national and international artists, travel and accommodation will need to be considered within the £7000 budget.

How to apply

To apply, please return the following information to Niall Walker (niall@thearches.co.uk) before12 noon on Monday 16th December:

> A statement of intention including related interests and experience, your vision for the event and/or approach to programming, and why you would like to work specifically on this event at The Arches
> Biogs and/or CVs of the main people involved
> A very rough indication of how you would break down the £7000 budget
> Indication of time available to work on the project between 14th – 26th January, and surrounding the two possible event dates (21st March and 11th April)

Successful candidates will be invited for interview and provided with further information including the name of the headline music act and final event date by Thursday 19th December.

Download the Dark Behaviour: Call For Proposals Information PDF
Download images of the unique Arches space

About The Arches____________

The Arches, one of Europe’s leading cultural venues, is both an arts receiving and production house with an international reputation as an exciting hub of ground-breaking creativity. Housed within seven Grade A listed Victorian railway arches in Glasgow city centre, the venue presents a year-round programme of theatre, performance, dance, visual art, live music and club nights. The arts programming team employs calculated risk-taking in all of its creative decisions, nurturing emergent talent and rewarding bold approaches with a supportive environment for further innovation – showcased each autumn at Arches LIVE, a two week long celebration of new, Scottish, contemporary performance talent. Alongside local artists, the Arches presents world-class international artists and companies such as Gareth K Vile, his ego, The TEAM, Derevo, Ann Liv Young, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Ontroerend Goed, Akhe, Taylor Mac and Tim Crouch in the venue as part of its annual BEHAVIOUR festival of live performance. The Arches regularly wins awards at the Edinburgh Fringe and tours work internationally – in recent years this has included taking shows to New York, Spoleto Festival, Sao Paolo, National Theatre and the Barbican.

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