The Sunday Round - 8

Artists, cities, society, infrastructure, citizenship and more.
A round up of opportunities and the things we've seen, read or been interested in this week

This week: new opportunities, artist pensions and a legal dispute, practical strategies for improving urban landscapes and widening the dialogue around the role of artists within the built environment.


1. Expanding the Role of the Artist - Theaster Gates: “…sometimes the artistic affect is better than policy, it’s more complicatedly inclusive than the town hall meeting.”

2. Tactical Urbanism 2: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change: a guidebook of practical, replicable tactics used to improve the urban environment, designed to give more people the know-how to bring them about in their own communities.

3. Creative Time Summit | In Conversation: Rick Lowe & Nato Thompson: Rick Lowe, Founder of Project Row Houses, and Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time, discuss race and place, gentrification, and social practice at the 2013 Creative Time Summit: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City.

4. Artists in battle over modern artwork pension fund: the legal dispute surrounding a unique initiative, designed to provide artists with a “pension”. The Artist Pension Trust works as a co-operative, with participants contributing works of art, which are then put into storage and loaned out to exhibitions until the trust identifies the most profitable time to sell. Proceeds are shared between participants.


SORTITION: 12 people aged 18-30 will be selected at random to challenge the value of our current methods of democracy and imagine how they would run the country with artist Selina Thompson. Fee included, plus support with childcare, accommodation, travel & food. Those identifying as POC, LGBTQIA*, working class, neurodiverse, with disability from all over UK particularly encouraged to apply.

DepicT! Applications open for Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival. Any budget, genre and country welcomed. £1500 awarded to competition winner.

Mozilla: announced $225,000 for art and advocacy exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning. The fund seeks to support projects that educates and engages internet users.

The Space: new commissioning rounds supporting work which delivers greater access to the arts using digital platforms and content.

PACT Zollverein Residency: Open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music. Residency recipients receive a grant to cover their living expen­ses and travel costs and may also choose to take advantage of various kinds of production support, including dramaturgy, technical assistance, project management and publicity.