Commission Opportunity

 


Call for Proposals

NEPN invite proposals for a new photographic commission offered in association with the Royal Horticultural Society.

The commission is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Main Purpose and Aims
The selected proposal should explore horticultural science through a contemporary photographic lens.
In particular we wish to commission a photographic project which will respond to the RHS Science Strategy theme ‘Gardening in a Changing World.’

We particularly welcome proposals which take a narrative, documentary approach.

Areas for analysis could include:

-          How garden plants can capture pollution, reduce flood damage, and assist in the cooling of cities as our climate warms.
-          Exploring the impact of artificial light; night-time pollinators, stimulation of crops and food production.
-          Identifying and managing pests and diseases.
-          Increasing plant biodiversity.
-          Bio-security
-          Impact of technology on gardening and horticulture.

Projects already in progress will be considered, provided there is a clear connection to the commission theme and the benefit of this opportunity to creative practice is clearly evidenced.

The commission will form part of NEPN’s project for 2018/19 ‘Observe. Experiment. Archive’ which explores the relationship between contemporary photographic practice and science, creating new opportunities for photographers to engage with non-arts partners and inviting audiences to engage with photography as a means to understand natural, astronomical and health sciences.

Commission Details

Dates
The commission should be undertaken between April 2019 – October 2019.

Commission Fee: £4,000
This is expected to cover research and production, inclusive of VAT and expenses (travel/accommodation). The fee will be paid in two instalments: 60% on signing of an artist agreement and 40% upon completion.

The selected photographer will also receive the following:

  • Materials/Production budget up to £1,000 for small public outcome (spend to be agreed).
  • Research visit to RHS Lindley Library
  • Research visit to RHS Garden Wisley meeting horticultural scientists.
    • A budget of up to £600 will be available for travel for these trips.
  • 2 x meetings with RHS Officer Christine Wright.
  • Support and 4 x meetings with NEPN.
  • 2 x meetings with an identified appropriate mentor in the North East (mentor fees be provided by NEPN).
  • Access to the chemical and digital darkroom facilities of the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland (times to be agreed).

There is a potential opportunity to show resultant works in the context of a group exhibition in Sunderland in November 2019, pending further funding confirmation and subject to curatorial fit.  The exhibition will focus on contemporary photographic representation of health, natural and astronomical sciences.

Application Process:

To apply please supply to following:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages) incorporating:
    • artist statement and current areas of enquiry
    • proposed area of focus
    • why this opportunity would benefit your professional and creative practice
  • CV
  • Links to your photographic work or PDF as attachment (please do not send jpegs.)
  • Provisional budget including your daily fee and number of proposed days.  Please also indicate any additional match funding you could bring (support in kind and /or cash).
  • Indicative timetable

You will need to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to developing practice in the North East – applicants should be based in the North East or have a strong connection to the region. It is not necessary for the work to be made in the region provided it is feasible on the budget provided (or additional funds you can bring).
  • How you will engage the public in the making and dissemination of the work.

We are not able to accept applications from those undertaking studies at undergraduate level.

All contracted photographers will need to have Public Liability Insurance (up to £5m cover), Employer’s Liability Insurance (up to 10m cover, where appropriate).
The selected photographer will need to go through the HMRC’s IR35 assessment process (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ir35-find-out-if-it-applies) and DBS checks may also be required.
Payments and contracts will be issued by the University of Sunderland.

Key Dates:

Monday 11 February 2019
Commission Launch

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 2-3.30pm
Commission Briefing and Q&A session
Introduced by Amanda Ritson of NEPN, Christine Wright of RHS with a case study by photographer Marjolaine Ryley providing reflections on her work with Dilston Physic Garden and Wallington NT.
Northern Centre of Photography, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD.
Please email: nepn@sunderland.ac.uk to indicate you will be attending.

Monday 25 March 2019, 9am
Applications should be received by email to nepn@sunderland.ac.uk by 9am GMT.

Monday 1 April 2019
Shortlisted photographers will be invited to meet or Skype the panel to talk through their ideas.

The final selection will be communicated to shortlisted applicants by Friday 5 April 2019.

We welcome enquiries and informal discussions, please email nepn@sunderland.ac.uk in the first instance express interest.

About the Commissioning Partners

NEPN is a development agency for photography that uniquely works across HE and creative industry sectors to create a critically engaged context of photographic activity. Established in 2009, NEPN has commissioned over 30 lens-based projects, delivered innovative professional development programmes, curated a programme of critical dialogues around photography and developed national and international partnerships for the presentation of new works. Recent commissions, including Newborns by Julian Germain, The Economy of Appearances by Mark Curran and the participatory project WearExperimenting led by artist Jo Howell (co-commissioned by The Cultural Spring), have explored photography as a social practice, visualising lives and experiences through dialogue with community and cross-sector partnerships.

NEPN’s project of 2018/19, Observe Experiment Archive seeks to create contexts for photography-science dialogue, develop inter-disciplinary partnerships and generate new photographic work (both traditional process and digital image), which engages the public in ways which are accessible and relevant.

NEPN is based in the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland and is part of the University’s Arts and Creative Industries Research Institute. www.northeastphoto.net

Royal Horticultural Society

The RHS, founded in 1804, is the world’s leading gardening charity, inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. The charity’s key strategic objectives include: the safeguarding and advancement of the science, art and practice of horticulture for the benefit of future generations and the environment and to transform communities through gardening.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/

Download this information as a PDF: Call for Proposals RHS and NEPN Commission

 

 

      

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