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Groundwork South West seeks submissions for flagship youth project,

Deadline: July 10, 2009

Groundwork South West is looking to engage contemporary artists/arts groups to  work  with  our flagship youth project, The House, based in St Austell, Cornwall.  The  House is a pioneering, aspirational initiative to transform youth  provision  in  St Austell. As well as generic youth club activities, The  House  provides  opportunities  to  organise and take part in creative arts,  drama,  music,  singing,  martial  arts and sports and operates as a social meeting space, with internet access and a youth café.

To further develop our programme of contemporary art commissioning, we are keen  to  work  with  a wide range of practices including; performance/live art,  sound art, video/film, installation, media, sculpture, and everything in-between  and  beyond. We  are looking for artists who reflect our own organisation's   ethos  and  ideals  and  who  therefore  have  a  critical engagement  with some or all of the following; public space (both urban and rural), environmental regeneration and sustainability, individual/community empowerment and participation.

We  are therefore calling for expressions of interest for artist(s) to work on  a  series  of workshops/residencies. We will work in collaboration with the chosen artist's practice and plan the programme of work accordingly. It is  essential  that  submitting  artists have experience in delivering work with  community  groups, and preferably young people in particular (between the ages of 13 and 19).

There  is  a fee of £200 per day. The length of workshop engagement will be decided   upon   in  collaboration  with  the  artist.  Travel  and,  where applicable,  accommodation funds will be available, again in agreement with the  artist.   Work  patterns  will be negotiable, to accommodate as far as possible both the proposed work and the operational needs of The House.

Submission details:

Please submit a hardcopy of your CV, artist's statement and visual material in the form of CDRom, DVD, website URL etc. The artist's statement should include details of previous relevant work, the approach you would like to take and how you feel this would benefit your practice. Please attempt to limit this material to no more than 4 sides of A4 in total. Final selection will be between the staff and the young people of the House. Enclose an SAE for return of materials if applicable.

Deadline for submissions: 10/07/09

The aspiration is that the selection process can take place quickly to allow a series of workshops to take place over the summer months - hence the admittedly short deadline.

For any queries, email me at [email protected]

For more information visit Groundwork's website