filmpro seeks Online Commissions and Mentors

Closing Date: 5 July 2020


Location: England



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During lockdown creative production and exhibition has necessarily been moving onto online platforms. For some people it has been an easy transition, but many artists and audiences have found the experience either overwhelming or excluding.

In response, filmpro will support the development and delivery of 4 commissions for self-defining disabled emerging artists. These commissions will address the barriers that disabled artists face when producing work for online exhibition. Each emerging artist will be matched with a mentor – an expert in digital creative work. The mentor will support the development of artistic concepts, as well as offering their digital tech skills and production expertise in the same area as the artist.

These commissions aim to push the boundaries of digital platforms, while finding the tools to create work in new ways. The work could reflect on the unexpected positive consequences of the Covid-19 crisis.

filmpro has a unique position in the arts ecology as a disabled people led digital arts agency. Our mission is to extend the ways of making and experiencing digital art, our understanding of digital art is broad.

All short-listed applicants will be offered the opportunity to become a filmpro associate artist.

The commissions:

Commission 1: This commission will address barriers met by an artist transitioning to a digital space. These barriers may be socioeconomic factors; a lack of technical hardware or internet connection; access support; or simply a lack of previous motivation.

Commission 2: This commission will go to an artist who uses sound as their primary medium, rather than musical forms.

Commission 3: This commission will go to a transmedia artist using multiple digital platforms and formats.

Commission 4: This commission will be for a curator or tech developer who is interested in new and accessible ways of exhibiting digital, sound and transmedia art through online platforms. The content will be drawn from the other 3 commissions.

Commissions 1, 2 & 3 need to be completed between 10/8/20 and 18/10/20. Commission 4 needs to be completed between 21/9/20 and 15/11/20. Precise timings will be agreed with the filmpro team.

• The emerging artist (or curator / tech developer for #4) will receive £1,534 to include fees and production costs.
• The mentor will be paid for the equivalent of 5 days work at a rate of £236 / day, including all expenses.
• There is an additional allowance to help meet the access requirements of both the emerging artist (or curator / tech developer for #4) and the mentor.

Commission 1:
An extra £1,000 will also be available to the artist to help overcome any barriers to establishing a digital practice.

Commission 4:
An extra £500 will also be available to the curator / tech developer for any additional spend on software or platforms.


For more information and details on how to apply, please visit our website.
The project information is also available on our website.
A list of definitions can be found on our website.
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