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Call Out Artist/ Artistic Facilitator

About the project

Fusion Arts are currently developing a project in partnership with the Berinsfield community. We are looking for an artist to capture local stories, history and everyday life of the village.

Commission for Artists, Researchers, and Facilitators: Open Call for a community artist/artists, historian, and/or reminiscence officers to capture and document the formation of a community and social archive in Berinsfield.

Fusion Arts are working in partnership with South Oxfordshire District Council and local community groups to collect and record life in Berinsfield. We wish to document social history, experiences, hopes and dreams as well as the physical landscape of the village and surrounding area.

Through a collaborative process we are looking for an ‘reminiscence’ artist, or artists, to capture stories of Berinsfield. This body of work will form a social and physical archive of the village. This work will potentially feed into a larger project - of artworks created in collaboration with and by the community in the future.

Our aim is to explore the concepts and connections between individuals and their surroundings, establishing a meaningful legacy that adds value to the community.

Who we are looking for

You will have a defined practice, a ‘portfolio’ you can share, a proven ability to work to timelines, superb communication skills, an ability to work with communities. We welcome applications from contemporary artists working in any medium. Please note that this phase of the project is interactive, potentially conversational and about collecting stories and recording people and place in some way.

The work could include a number of participatory art workshops engaging in multiple arts activities or be more interview and research based. It is expected different methods will be applicable.

The project has the potential to develop and generate additional support for funding, highlighting the necessity for further financial backing to bring a tangible creation to life, such as a mural, sculpture, performance, festival, furniture, and more.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Three examples of your relevant work (please choose work that demonstrates your range and preferred medium - if linking to a website please indicate the relevant works you'd like us to consider)

  2. Two references that we can take up if shortlisted

  3. In your own words, tell us why you would like this commission and why you feel you are the right person to make it special and also what you might do. Keep it brief. We are very happy to accept a recorded verbal/video submission of no more than 5 minutes.

We are excited to hear from you!

Commission is £3,000, there is a small budget for materials of £500

Background

Fusion Arts is an Arts and Social Justice charity working across Oxfordhsire interested in increasing access to the arts, equality, health and wellbeing.

Berinsfield has a fascinating history and a vibrant community of recent arrivals and families that have lived in the village for generations. There are numerous local businesses and employers based in the village, much of which is surrounded by farmland. There’s community centres, a primary school, sports facilities, a local football team and a sense of pride and community.

Fusion Arts has been commissioned to implement a number of artist interventions across Berinsfield and Didcot. One area everyone is keen to capture and explore is the individual, social and physical history of the village.

You will be provided with access to existing research and information. Your responsibilities will include conducting independent on-site and off-site research. It may include identifying potential partners, interviewing individuals, and recording stories and oral histories. Additionally, you will be tasked with documenting the physical, emotional, and historical spaces within and around Berinsfield.

Timescale:

Deadline for Artists’ expression of interest: 23:59 24th November 2023

Appointment made: It is expected that the appointment will be at the beginning of December

Start date: November/December 2023

Delivery timeframe: 3-4 months with potential extension

Future: it is hoped that this piece of work will be the start of a bigger project going forward.

Access: if you require additional support, or need to make an application in a different way please get in touch and we can see how to help.

Please let us know in your submission if you give us permission to:

  • Keep your details for future projects

  • Add you to our mailing list.

Please send your applications to info@fusion-arts.org deadline extended to 23:59, 24th November 2023.

For the purposes of shortlisting your application and details may be shared with project partners in Berinsfield and South Oxfordshire and Vale District Council

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Supporters of Fusion Arts

Oxford City Council Arts Council England National Lottery Funded Project Grant National Lottery Community Fund Oxfordshire Community Foundation Here for Culture Doris Field Charitable Trust BBC Children in Need Levelling Up South Oxfordshire District Council Christ Church College Jesus College