Opening the Floodgates Open Call Launch Event

June 23, 2017 / 18:00

Diglis House Hotel

Opening the Flood Gates is a new commissioning opportunity open to artists living and working in the West Midlands. Individual artists or artist collectives are invited to submit proposals to re-purpose and recycle flood waste that has been collected from canals and rivers in the Worcestershire area to make a public artwork. We want to see ideas that explore aspects of the biodiversity and wildlife of the area and visualise the future of the waterways of Worcestershire. The budget for the commission is £10,000 inclusive of artist fees and production/installation costs. Find out more about the Ring by visiting the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways website.

The launch will feature special guest speakers Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and Faheem Majeed of the Floating Museum project in Chicago, USA. There will also be a chance to meet Canal & River Trust experts during a short guided walk to Diglis Island to view the stockpiled flood materials that will be made available to the selected artists. Networking with local artists and arts organisations will follow the event.

We encourage applications from artists at all stages in their careers. We’re looking for original, exciting and site specific ideas constructed from flood waste that will draw in visitors near and far to discover and explore the waterways of Worcestershire.

How to apply:

  • Book your place at the launch event on our Eventbrite page, applications for entry will then open on Saturday 24th June 2017 and close on 31st August 2017.
  • The winning artist/artist collective will be announced in mid September.
  • Find further information and an application form on our Opening the Flood Gates Open Call project page.

Event Sponsored by: Diglis House Hotel, Worcester