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Open Call for Artists: Cape Farewell - Rural Artist Residencies 2014-15

This year (2014-2015) we invite a young (<35) female artist working in the South West to engage with the topics of food security, organic farming, sustainability and land use for the Rural Artist Residencies programme.

Artist fee of £2500 and commissioning budget up to £5000

THE CALL IS OPEN TO:

- Young female artists (<35), working in the South West of England
- All disciplines (poetry, film, photography, sound, installation, etc).

SUBMISSIONS BY:

- 19 September 2014. Motivation (400 words max.)
- Your CV
- Contact details

Please send your submission to marentevandervalk@capefarewell.com

In 2013 Cape Farewell launched the Rural Artist Residencies, a programme in which artists are invited to work with farmers to interrogate the practice of organic farming and land use in the valley of Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset.

Cape Farewell has established relationships with three farmers around Sydling St. Nicholas:

Chris and Suzanne Legg run Dollens Farm, 700 acres of dairy and arable land. Dollens Farm has engaged the local community to participate and understand modern farming, encouraging neighbours and villagers to hold a voluntary stake in the farm’s future.

John and SJ Morris run Huish Farm, encompass- ing 600 acres. Working with Natural England, they have converted to traditional British farming methods in North Dorset. It marks the transition to a more sustainable way of working and living in order to preserve and protect the native flora and fauna of this area.

In the Cerne Valley, Pam and Will Best have used organic working practice to run the 200 acres of Manor Farm for over 25 years. Will Best states "Soil is absolutely fundamental to life on earth. Looking after the soil, building fertility, enhancing soil biodiversity and recycling residues is vitally important."

All farmers have strong community ties, commit to good stewardship of the natural environment, and employ varied practice methods, which they openly invite the public to explore.

For the first residency (2013-2014), three artists (Chris Drury, Kay Syrad and Guy Martin) are producing artworks inspired by extensive conversations with the farmers and many walks on their land.

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Bristol Biennial 2014: Crossing the Line

Fri, 12/09/2014 - Sun, 21/09/2014

Over 40 artists will take part in the Bristol Biennial, an artist-led festival that celebrates engaging projects by emerging artists. Running from the 12 - 21 September 2014, the festival takes 'Crossing the Line' as its theme, and will explore artistic boundaries and encourage collaboration across the city. Artworks will pop up in churches, shopping malls, community centres, terraced houses and high streets and will include interactive exhibitions, moving sculptures, a secret music gig and unusual guided tours.

St Andrews Park and the Northern Slopes will play host to an ancient uprising of Grass Men, where audiences can witness a performative and sculptural intervention by artist Ashley Peevor. Fountains in the city centre will be transformed into a temporary cranberry farm. Artists Hanna & Julia Rohn will make a colourful intervention in Bristol’s harbourside, highlighting both the aesthetics and politics of mass food production.

The full Bristol Biennial 2014 programme will be announced next week., but there's a sneak preview here.  For more information click here.

Bristol Biennial seeks enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our stewarding team. The role will involve looking after artworks and engaging the public with our events and happenings, emerging over the city between 12-21 September 2014.

This role offers access and opportunities to see and experience the festival at close quarters, engage with the programmed artists, meet new people, develop your networks and become a valued part of our team.

Are you right for the role?
• You are interested and engaged in Bristol’s art scene.
• You are looking to gain experience in arts and events management.
• You have an approachable and friendly attitude.
• You have confidence in interacting with the public.
• You have some knowledge of the areas of Bristol.

Important information:
To apply for this role you must be available for at least 3 days during the festival as well as for two half-day training sessions on the afternoons of the 2 & 6 September 2014.  For more details and to apply click hereclick herehttp://bristolbiennial.co.uk/news.html.

Photo Captions: Keep an eye out for unusual figures emerging in green spaces around Bristol. Ashley Peevor's Grass Men bring a touch of the absurd and a hint of ancient mysticism back to the urban environment.

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