The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership (KMM NPO) are seeking proposals from sound artists to create new audio artworks to be accessioned as permanent artefacts within the museum collections. ‘Ten Songs for a Lar’ is an ambitious new commission searching for multiple audio interpretations of a bronze ‘Lar’ – a household god figurine (dated circa. 200AD) held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester, UK.
Deadline: 15 Jun 2020
This commission is part of the KMM NPO’s ambition to produce artworks that encourage audiences to think about ‘What is collecting? What makes a display? Which stories are being told at museums and how?’ Museum objects, often grouped in predefined, restricted spaces sit silently, sparsely captioned, awaiting the attention of further, deeper, exploration. Museums do not just collect, care, and exhibit objects; they categorise, contextualise, and interpret objects to fulfill their own, and their intended audiences, requirements. The many stories behind these often human made objects, and the emotive connections they intend to make, can therefore become difficult to obtain.
The KMM NPO is looking to appoint 10 musicians or artists (from across the globe) working with sound to create individual, thought provoking, emotive works to interpret a Lar figurine – an inherently ‘traditional’ museum object. Without the need for images, physical presence, and perhaps even words, we want to know: ‘what does this object say to you, and what stories do you wish to give voice to, and bring to life, through music and sound?’.
Ten Songs For A Lar: Benefits
Successful artists will receive £1,000 per selected track (inclusive of VAT).
Inspired by the Guildhall Lar, the commission will comprise of 10 separate audio responses. The 10 audio responses will:
- Become permanent digital artefacts accessioned (added to) the collections of the NPO partners
- Made into a physical, limited-edition vinyl record to be deposited in each of the museums partners collections
- Be promoted individually and as a group of audio tracks (album)
- Exhibited together as part of a touring exhibition/display
- Through the process of this commission the KMM NPO also intends to achieve broader aims of:
- Showing and interpreting collections in new and exciting ways
- Reaching new, and broader audiences
- Extend the cultural offering at each of the partner organisations
- Promote a diverse and varied point of view in response to traditional museum items
- Continue to challenge the boundaries of commissioning within museums by embracing non-physical, non-visual, creative outputs
- Maximise the potential of those working from home, via digital platforms and the ability to work and share creativity within the current climate
- Lead innovatively, and with flexibility – supporting and showcase artist otherwise unable to currently work and develop their practice
About The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership
The KMM NPO is a group of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums & Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and Tunbridge Wells Museum & Gallery) funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity, and well-being to existing and new audiences in their communities.
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Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 138th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Irish arts calendar. The 138th Annual Exhibition will be on show at the Ulster Museum from 18th October 2019 to 5th January 2020.
Deadline: 5 Jul 2019
Artists selected for this prestigious exhibition can expect to have their work viewed by audiences in excess of 90,000. The Royal Ulster Academy is supported generously by a range of sponsors offering prizes from £500 to £1,000 to artists. The exhibition is a great way for emerging artists to sell their work and gain recognition. Last year, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland bought approximately 20 works from the exhibition. The exhibition is complemented by a range of artist talks, lectures, workshops and interactive activities. A proportion of these activities are available to artist who apply under the open submission.
About Royal Ulter Academy of Arts
The Royal Ulster Academy of Arts bring together established and emerging artists. It has survived as a vibrant organisation for the past 138 years.
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