Open Call for Live Artists: Venice Agendas 2017

Live artists are invited to submit proposals for pop-up performances in Margate and Folkestone as part of Venice Agendas 2017: The Contract.

Responding to the theme of The Contract, proposed performances should consider the role of the contract in all of our lives, from end-user agreements, through the social contract with government(s), our working arrangements and agreements we make with our friends and families, formal (like work contracts or mortgages) or informal (in person, on the phone or through social media). As artists, what are the contracts we depend upon? What are our concerns around the formal agreements made between commissioners, presenting institutions and artists? Any ‘contract’ is a suitable subject for consideration.

Performances should be pop-up in nature, and not require bespoke materials or resources. Performances that encourage or require participation, establishing or exploring a ‘contract’ with the audience are particularly encouraged.

Fees: £500 plus up to £100 expenses

Deadline:  5pm on Friday 12th May

How: Email a single page proposal with links to online resources, such as artist website or Axisweb, Lux, LADA, or similar resource. Showreels available online are also acceptable, if private provide access details.

submissions@veniceagendas.eu

Notification: By email by 19th May

Dates:
Saturday 17 June (Turner Contemporary, Margate)
Saturday 23 September (Folkestone Triennial)

About Ben Austin

Ben Austin studied History of Art at Reading University. He started Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch where he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of several artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001. Austin has worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the legendary Frieze opening night show/party entitled ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery (Marcus Harvey, Liz Neal and Barry Reigate). He has also curated exhibition at the Blouin Foundation – ‘After Dark’ series, featuring acclaimed artists such as Alice Anderson. He has been on the judging panel for the ‘Young Masters’ prize. More recently he curated ‘Art Britannia’ during Miami Basel featuring a collection of contemporary British artists and acted as the initial curator and advisor the The Dot Project Gallery in Fulham. Ben Austin acts as an art advisor and dealer. He writes for numerous publications including Artlyst and FAD.