Now in its third year, XS is a program of contemporary, experimental and live art for children. Kids under 12 have the least pre-conceived ideas of what art should be, which fits our adventurous get-outside-of-your-comfort-zone spirit here at Melbourne Fringe.
XS has seen some of Melbourne’s most exciting artists commissioned to create works for children, including: the Green Room Award nominated Sonic Labyrinth, which was an immersive sound-art installation by Aviva Endean and Justin Marshall; the award-winning immersive performance This is Grayson, by Gold Satino; the contemporary experimental dance work Paradise by Philip Adams; the interactive soundscape experience that was We Are The Robots, by Jack Burton, Caitlyn Lesiuk, Monica Lim, Mulyana & Patrick Telfer; and the site-specific multimedia installation of the smallest nightclub in the world with Infinity Dance Jam, by JOF.
XS OPEN is a new open access public art commission opportunity, available to an independent artist, company or collective to create a free work in public space. The event will be presented in the City of Maribyrnong as part of the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival (the intended space is Nicholson St Mall in Footscray, but this is open to negotiation). The selected artist/s will receive up to $10,000 (excluding GST) towards the development and presentation of the work.
The commission will enable an independent artist or group to create a bold and engaging work in public space. Considered commissions will include new, existing or adapted work that is interactive, highly visual and will engage a wide range of children. We are looking for big ideas that temporarily transform a public space and celebrate the idea of art for everyone. The successful project could be in any artform, so long as it activates public space.
Ideas and proposals from all artistic disciplines are welcome in this project that is designed to inspire and engage children up to 12 years of age (as well as the young at heart!) Additionally, artists who either live, work or have a deep connection to West, are strongly encouraged to apply.
ABOUT MELBOURNE FRINGE
Through arts participation, Melbourne Fringe sparks artistic, cultural and personal discovery for Melbourne and its citizens.
We celebrate cultural democracy: the idea of art for everyone and our work explores the intersection between art and citizenship – the right for anyone to contribute to the cultural life of their city as creators and producers of artworks. We promote alternative viewpoints and celebrate those at the margins: the young, the queer, the disabled, the culturally diverse, the bravest artists exploring the boldest ideas.
By finding ideas at the edge of our culture and drawing them into a central focus, our work explores the peripheral, the new and the not-yet-widely understood aspects of cultural expression.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The opportunity is open to any independent (i.e. not recurrently funded) artist, group, collective or company working in the creative industries, including individual artists or curators, teams of artists and small companies. Artists who either live, work or have a deep connection to West, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Closing date for submissions: 10am, Monday 11 May
Event registered in Fringe: before 14 August
Public announcement of artist: Thursday 8 October
Project installation: Week commencing 16 or 23 November
Event delivery: 19-22 November or 26-29 November
The selection panel will evaluate project ideas against the following criteria:
It is bold, compelling, ambitious and innovative
It is an experimental, contemporary or live art work which targets engagement from children up to 12 years (as well as the wider public)
It considers public space in an engaging and surprising way
The project considers access and inclusion as central to its conception
Capacity of the artists to realise the project
We invite artists to submit a proposal for a big idea as part of the 2020 XS OPEN program, however the finer details, including a budget is note required at this stage.
SELECTION PANEL AND PROCESS
A panel chaired by Creative Director and CEO Simon Abrahams will be convened to assess and select a project/artist(s) based on the submissions provided according to the indicated criteria.
The first stage of the proposal (this form) will focus broadly on your chosen project idea and vision as part of 2020 XS OPEN. The selection panel will then identify a shortlist of artists who will be contacted individually following the submission closing date on Monday 11 May. Shortlisted artists will be asked to prepare an indicative budget for their proposal by Monday 18 May. Following this date, the selection panel will choose one commission for delivery at the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival in November.
The project commission fee payable by Melbourne Fringe is up to $10,000 (excluding GST) for the development and delivery of the project. The fee will be paid in three instalments: 50% upon signing the agreement, 25% one month prior to the event, and 25% upon completion of the event.
The successful artist(s) may seek additional funding or in-kind support outside of the commission fee, subject to approval pertaining to acknowledgement of funding or partnership agreements.
An indicative budget will not be required as part of this application. However shortlisted artists will be required to submit a budget as part of the second stage of the application, stating (as separate items), the forecast costs below and any other relevant costs:
All fees, including: artists’ fees, producer and/or production managers’ fees and any sub-contractor fees (e.g. a consulting engineer if you’re proposing a built structure)
Any materials and construction costs
All administration and travel requirements
Public Liability Insurance
Transport and installation costs
WHAT WILL MELBOURNE FRINGE PROVIDE?
Melbourne Fringe will support the development and production of the project with up to $10,000 (provided through partnership with Maribyrnong City Council) as well as:
Registration costs for the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival
Marketing and communications plan, including a publicist and a feature in Festival marketing
Professional photography for publicity and marketing material, as well as event photography
Risk management plan advice and sign-off by Melbourne Fringe risk consultant
Assistance with accessibility planning from our Access & Inclusion Coordinator, and provision of some access services (as relevant to the project, e.g. Auslan interpreting)
Budget advice and support
Artistic advice and support