Environmental Art Festival Scotland – Open Call



Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) 2015 Commission Development

What: The development of three commissions for Environmental Art Festival Scotland 2015

Who: Artists (all disciplines), architects, designers, makers, creative producers, arts organisations, activists or collaborative groups

What we are offering now:

Stage 1 (September – December 2014)

Support in developing three commissions for EAFS 2015 alongside the EAFS Creative Production Group* (including research expenses)

Selected commissions will then move into:

Stage 2 (From January 2015)

Commissioning of the three major artworks for EAFS 2015 (anticipated value £10,000 – £15,000 per commission)

EAFS 2015
The EAFS team is beginning the process of developing work for the 2015 festival. To do this we want to work collaboratively with creative people and communities of interest. EAFS 2015 will connect South West Scotland to national and international locations therefore we are particularly seeking proposals that involve some form of journey to the festival.

The Commissioned Artworks
The commissioned artworks might comprise a journey, an event, an installation, an art happening. They might involve structure, visual art, design, architecture, sound or performance or a combination of these disciplines. We are interested in work that involves making across different disciplines and technologies and ideas of sharing and potentially leaving something behind. The artwork should culminate in Dumfries and Galloway as part of EAFS 2015 (28 – 30 August).

Festival Themes
Inventiveness, foolishness and generosity as a way of understanding the world
Food, clothes, shelter and environmental sustainability
Hospitality, hosting and community
Journeys, migrations, secular pilgrimage and transformation

Environmental Art Festival Scotland
EAFS will develop, create and support experiences that allow direct engagement with place and land through the arts. EAFS will encourage future thinking and practical action about new ways of living.

Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) is a biennial arts festival in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. The inaugural EAFS happened in late summer 2013 and was produced by three leading arts organisations working in partnership: Wide Open, Spring Fling and The Stove Network. Key to the success of EAFS is collaborative and cross-disciplinary working. The EAFS team in 2013 worked with local, national and international artists, designers, producers and local communities to commission, curate, fund, co-fund and produce over 30 installations, exhibitions, talks, workshops around the themes of land, environment, and sustainability. EAFS has grown out of a long-term ambition for Dumfries & Galloway to become the international home for environmental art building on the pedigree and projects and artists connected to the region such as Andy Goldsworthy’s Striding Arches, Charles Jenck’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation and Dalziel and Scullion’s Rosnes Bench. EAFS 2015 will happen in a location (TBC) in Dumfries and Galloway over 28, 29, 30 August.

*EAFS Creative Production Group:

Jan Hogarth, Creative Director, Wide Open, expert in the field of environmental art
Matt Baker, environmental artist and founder of The Stove Network
Leah Black, Director, Spring Fling, creative festivals & events production and arts development
Robbie Coleman, environmental artist
Mike Bonaventura, Chief Executive of Crichton Carbon Centre
Andrew Lyon, International Futures Forum

To Apply
Please send an expression of interest responding to the festival themes (it is not a requirement to respond to all the themes) in the form of a description or how you would like to work through the development process, CV’s of all those involved, and 5 examples of past work using the form below (The same form can also be accessed here). Download: EAFS Commission Open Call

Call Out Dates
Friday 15 August – Friday 19 September 2014 (Deadline 5pm Friday 19 September)

Further Information and application


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