"Artangel lets artists do what no one else will. It's as simple as that." Jeremy Deller
Open is a £1 million initiative by Artangel and BBC Radio 4 for new site-specific commissions across the UK. It's a call for artists working in any media to share proposals for ground-breaking projects that will transform the UK's cultural landscape.
Previous Artangel Open calls have led to some of the most iconic projects of the past decade – Michael Landy’s Break Down, the very public destruction in a department store on Oxford Street of absolutely everything the artist owned; Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave in South Yorkshire, the re-enactment of a dark day in the conflict between police and colliery workers during the 1984 Miners' Strike; Roger Hiorns's Seizure, the brilliant blue crystal council flat in South London; and Clio Barnard's award-winning film The Arbor shot on the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford.
Open proposals are encouraged from UK-based visual artists, filmmakers, writers, composers, theatre makers, choreographers and producers as well as artists working in the digital space. The closing date for 2013 Open submissions is 6pm on Monday 29 April. Shortlisted artists will have the opportunity to meet and develop their proposals with Open Mentors. A range of influential cultural figures including Andrea Arnold, Felix Barrett, Adam Curtis, Tacita Dean, Ryan Gander, Rachel Whiteread and Penny Woolcock have made themselves available as Open Mentors.
In June the first Open commissions will be chosen by a selection panel including James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Tony Phillips, Arts Commissioning Editor at BBC Radio 4, Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns. They will be announced in June and presented between 2014 and 2015.
Twelve Open Platforms for artists across the UK were hosted by leading arts organisations in cities including Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. The Platforms were attended by Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris and artists including Clio Barnard, Jeremy Deller, Roger Hiorns and Michael Landy.
Read a transcript of the opening speech here.
To mark the new alliance of Artangel and BBC Radio 4, five artists (Christian Marclay, Ruth Ewan, Peter Strickland, Susan Hiller and Mark Wallinger) created a series of Open Air broadcasts, short pieces aired immediately after the Today programme from 25 – 29 March 2013.
Details and audio here.
The closing date for 2013 Open submissions was 6pm on Monday 29 April. We are no longer accepting submissions.
Shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to be mentored by some of UK's most respected artists. The Open Mentors programme is supported by Diversity Arts Forum.