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System Change Hive Project – Artist call

Deadline: Passed


Deadline 6pm, 28 November 2018

An outstanding opportunity for emerging artists and creative coders in Sussex to participate in an exciting pilot project funded by the Arts Council of England.

Hosted at the University of Brighton’s School of Media and at the virtual reality lab of Wired Sussex/Fusebox, the System Change Hive will be an interdisciplinary creative engine room exploring alternative socio-economic futures and life in the zero carbon economy. Participants will receive professional mentorship from established artists including ONCA team members, exposure of artwork created at leading venues and festivals from late 2019 throughout 2020, and the opportunity to learn about systems change and sustainability transitions from leading academic experts through the involvement of the ESRC STEPS Centre. Selected participants will also receive free training in virtual reality software.

The project is an opportunity to contribute to future visions of society, and new ideas, artworks, and learnings will be brought to discussions with policy makers, NGOs and media. We are seeking:

  • Visual artists, illustrators, technical drawers and graphic designers
  • Sound artists
  • Computer programming coders and creative technologists with an interest in immersive technologies

The initial phase of the project will be quite intense. You must be able to commit to 4 – 5 weekly contact hours on Wednesday afternoons, plus some additional creation time to prepare for the art exhibition in your own hours from February 2019 until mid September 2019. Some ongoing participation will be required across the two-year life of the project. A few participants will be required to attend some of the exhibition tour anticipated from late 2019 to late 2020, to help with installation of works and possible media interviews. Art materials will be provided, and transport costs will be covered for any participants needed for tour days beyond Brighton.

Applicants should have passion for, and ideally some familiarity with, issues of environmental protection and climate change, social justice and systems change. Visual artists who possess sound computer skills or coding experience are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply

Please send a 250 word statement of interest or a 2 minute video, and a folio with examples of your work to David Holyoake () and Katharine Vega () no later than Wednesday 28 November, 6pm. Please do not send large files via email – use external links, eg. Vimeo, Dropbox or Google drive. Shortlisted applicants will also need to be available for a short online interview on Wed 5 December (afternoon) or Monday 10 December (afternoon). Queries can be sent to David Holyoake, .

The press release about the project can be found here.