DIY Twin Town: Call for Participants
DIY Twin Town is a gathering specifically for regionally based artists to explore the notion of exchange and collaboration embedded in the ethos of Town Twinning. Sharing models for regional working outside of the large cities, we will look at ways in which the local can provide a portal to national and international contexts.
“How can the town you live in resource and challenge your arts practice?”
Whilst Devoran Arts concept that “the town is the venue” frames their work in Huntly, in Penryn we have come to live the idea that “the town is the studio”. Local pubs, markets, shops and streets have become the places in which our work is developed and tested. This ongoing conversation can be both exposing and stimulating and has led to a rich network of practices, ideas, networks, connections, supporters and resources, many of which lie outside of what might be recognised as arts infrastructure.
Welcoming participants to Penryn, Cornwall, DIY Twin Town will include cultural exchanges, conviviality, connecting with local civic and arts organisations, and creating a new Live Art Twinning Ceremony. The weekend will afford opportunities for new collaborations, conversations, friendships, and twinnings.
Accommodation: In the spirit of Town Twinning we aim to put participants up with members of the local creative community. DIY Twin Town includes a welcome meal on the first night.
Dates & Locations
Dates: Fri 3 – Sun 5 Aug 2018
Times: Arrive for 6pm Fri, depart 6pm Sun
Location: Penryn, Cornwall
How to apply
Applications are invited from artists whose lives are based regionally and outside of the large cities. You may be making work locally, nationally or internationally. You might be “the only artist in the village” or part of a thriving arts community in a small town.
Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. Areas of practice include: live art, performance, writing, visual performance, music, relational and socially engaged practice, sound art, producing etc.
About the lead artists
Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti are artists and performance makers based in Cornwall, UK, who create participatory projects exploring the interrelationships between people and places. Their collaborative practice since 2011 invites local, national and international audiences to investigate their own relationships with the places in which they live, work and play. Their work has been commissioned by a number of partner organisations including Compass Live Art, Lancaster Arts, Penryn Arts Festival, Country Arts, Western Australia.
This DIY is supported by Lancaster Arts
DIY 15 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.
24 DIY projects for both emergent and experienced practitioners will take place across the UK between July and November. Together, these opportunities represent a huge variety of subjects and approaches from across Live Art including (but not limited to) women’s cruising, sensory perception, structural privilege, ancestral connections, family collaboration, binge-watching, psychedelia, and a politicised Ann Summers party for womxn of colour.
The DIY lead artists self determine and run their own projects, which includes defining the participants’ application and selection process.