Voices of the Sea Artists Commissions

[Image: Rinko Kawauchi, Murmuration, 2010*] Voices of the Sea Artists Commissions :: Call for expressions of interest — Deadline: July 11, 2011.

Voices of the Sea is a unique commissioning opportunity created by a partnership of arts organisations. In Brighton and Hove, UK: Fabrica, Blast Theory, Brighton Festival, Lighthouse, Photoworks, the University of Brighton and in France, the Musee de Beaux Arts Calais. We seek to commission two artists, each with a strong track record, to create two major new works, responding to the coastal context and maritime heritage of South East England.

The commissions are inspired by The Boat Project by Lone Twin, beginning its maiden voyage in 2012 and visiting Brighton as part of Brighton Festival. The commissions are part of RELAY, a programme by Turning Point South East (a network of visual arts organizations). Like The Boat Project, RELAY is connected to the Cultural Olympiad 2012.


A site-specific outdoor work / or mobile media work – Sea of Voices
May 2012

For Sea of Voices, the partnership is seeking expressions of interest from artists who wish to create a site-specific work, which will link the exhibition at Fabrica with The Boat Project. It is envisaged that Sea of Voices will act as a “conceptual mooring line”, between Fabrica on Ship Street, and the Brighton Marina, where The Boat Project will be docked, during it’s visit to Brighton.

We seek to commission a work creatively signposting the route between the two locations. It may take the form of a sound-walk, it may take the form of a mobile or pervasive media project, or it may exist in another form, as defined by the artist.

Expressions of interest should illustrate a clear connection to the thematic concept set out in the briefing document. We welcome proposals from artists who work with digital and interactive media, pervasive gaming, locative media and mobile applications.

We are equally interested in artists who have strong site-specific, or location-based practices, who may wish to use other media to develop an outdoor artwork.

As part of the educational and participative activities which will complement the commissions, we will be collecting comments and stories about Brighton and its coastal context. This audio material may be used as a resource for the Sea of Voices. As such, we also welcome proposals from artists who work with sound as a medium.

A gallery-based commission – Voices of the Sea
Exhibited at Fabrica, Brighton in April–May 2012

For Voices of the Sea, the commissioning partnership is seeking expressions of interest from visual artists, with an international profile, who wish to create a new work to be exhibited at Brighton’s leading contemporary art gallery, Fabrica. It is also anticipated that the work will be exhibited at Musee de Beaux Arts Calais in late 2012.

Fabrica is based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton. It commissions new works, and re-frames existing contemporary visual art installations in relation to the building. Recent exhibitions have featured artists such as Janet Cardiff, Frederic Guerts, Martin Parr, Brian Eno and Anish Kapoor.

Expressions of interest for Voices of the Sea should illustrate a clear connection to the thematic concept set out in the briefing document, should be strongly visual in nature and also demonstrate how the artist utilises digital technologies within their practice. We are particularly interested in artists who work with photography, moving image and/or digital and interactive media.

Download the full briefing document here.

The Commissioning Partnership:




Brighton Festival

Blast Theory

The University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts

*Courtesy Rinko Kawauchi and FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo.

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