Junctures Commissions


Entry Deadline: Jun. 25

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge, ENG CB1 7GX
Tel: + 44 (0) 1223 403362


As recipients of the Arts Council Elevate fund, 30 Bird is delighted to offer 3 commissions to Artists who are interested or already engaged in trans-cultural interdisciplinary performance.

We are seeking:

Pairs or groups of collaborators from different disciplines with an idea for a live performance event. The call out is open to applications from any field but must include an artist and a practitioner from any other discipline (Live Sciences, landscape gardening, medicine, gastronomy, social sciences, education, architectrure etc). Applications are welcome from the UK and from artists based outside the UK.

Working closely with 30 Bird, the successful partnerships will be offered a £2K commission, a week’s residency and the opportunity to research and develop an idea to be showcased at Junctures, an interdisciplinary event at the Cambridge Junction in March 2018.

Please fill in an on-line application form by Sun 25th June.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel chaired by 30 Bird artistic director Mehrdad Seyf and colleagues form partner organisations.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to do a presentation to the panel in early July.

Go to www.30bird.org/project/junctures-2018/phase-1/videos to watch Mehrdad talk about the commissions.

We would love to hear from artists and their collaborators who:
Demonstrate a passion for interdisciplinary work as process and outcome
Provide engaging, innovative and alternative ideas
Demonstrate a commitment to work of a high standard
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and transcultural practice

What do we mean by interdisciplinary and transcultural?

By interdisciplinary performance we refer to work that emerges out of a dialogue between artists and practitioners from other disciplines, with both parties prepared to step outside their comfort zones in order to discover new contents and new forms.
The transcultural aspect of the call out puts emphasis on diversity, questioning binaries such as “black and white”, “disabled- non-disabled”, “developed – developing world” to mention a few. Instead we champion diversity in the context of work that is prepared to step outside those binaries and challenge disciplines that relegate “unfamiliar and uncomfortable” contents to a minority status.

Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcsmf1X0n5Y to watch a short film about Home in the Service of Science the most recent 30 Bird project, as part of an artistic residence at The Laboratory of Molecular Biology with Public Works.

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