MAV is inviting expressions of interest from writers, visual artists, music and sound producers, songwriters and composers to create new works that can be shared online for Shelter.
Shelter is a new MAV produced initiative that will reflect on and respond to this unique moment in time in which we find ourselves confined to our own homes.
For some home is a safe space and for some it is a dangerous place.
For most of us now, home is a place of isolation, uncertainty, challenge, or even crisis
We are all explorers right now, navigating physical and mental spaces of not knowing, renegotiating our relationships to home and each other, reframing our “shelter in” experience from being a personal disruption to a quest for collective wellbeing, and trying to imagine the new normal beyond pandemic.
Shelter is a paid opportunity for 40 diverse artists who have walked paths of struggle before, who have resources, insights and resilience to offer, who are voices that may nourish and guide us during these times of forced change.
Shelter will offer story, song, sound, imagery and ideas, that draw on diverse cultures, identities, experiences, knowledges and creativity, and that may provoke new questions and meaning as we strive to find new ways of being. The works will be released on the MAV website and social media throughout the Winter season.
To be eligible artists must meet the following eligibility criteria:
‘The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible’
– bell hooks
Using the frame of these words by bell hooks, artists must develop a concept for a creative response to one of the following ideas:
as doors close, hearts open — reimagining home — individual needs vs collective wellbeing — hopefulness —handling uncertainty — finding new meaning and ways of being — resilience — positive adaptation — staying connected — finding belonging and community — transformation — change brings opportunity — imagining the new normal — staying creative
These responses may include poems, short stories, articles, songs, instrumental compositions, soundscapes or 2D digital visual artworks.
In no more than 200 words, artists must explain:
Through a process of radically questioning our processes and our role in creating platforms for culturally diverse artists, MAV is seeking to produce transformational, new curatorial and programming approaches.
Shelter is about creating a space for dialogue, an open model for knowledge production, a critical and creative site for many people and not just a few, to provoke new questions and explore evolving spaces of “not-knowing”.
As such, we are experimenting with a new selection process for Shelter. Abandoning the traditional roles of curator or assessment panel, and all that these roles represent in the context of power and exclusivity, we will randomly select successful applicants from amongst those who have successfully addressed the eligibility criteria.
Please submit your EOI through the form only. All enquires to be sent to email@example.com.
Image credit: Weave Movement Theatre. Wanna Be a Rabbit? Mapping Melbourne 2019. Photo by Damian W Vincenzi.