folly - call for artists

folly, a leading digital arts organisation working in Lancashire, Cumbria and online is working with Cumbria County Council (CCC) to develop a three year online commissioning programme exploring arts participation online.

One artist commission per year will be launched acting as imaginative, participatory, consultation tools to encourage people to reflect and share their perceptions of culture in areas of creative and geographic isolation.

folly will act as the project manager to commission the artists and provide technical support and is calling for artists to propose new work addressing the commissioning programme objectives set out below.

Cumbria County Council Cultural Unit have approached folly to develop a new online piece of work that invites the user to actively participate and contribute views, thoughts and ideas in a creative, reflective and imaginative form.

folly and CCC arts unit are looking for work that develops online overtime. We are interested in commissioning work that has a lifespan of at least 12 months to form part of an ongoing online programme.

folly and CCC are interested in commissioning work that illustrates a cumulative effect of people's engagement with a piece of work or environment online over time.

The online commissioning programme has been established with the aims:

To connect Cumbria to future ideas.
To explore a different view of Cumbria.
To create a data bank of contemporary views of culture in areas of creative and geographic isolation.
To test using the internet as an effective consultation tool.
To examine the potential of digital art to draw audiences/users to a deeper consideration of issues and creative ideas.
To strengthen the profile of Cumbria as a county that is a dynamic and exciting place in which to live, visit and create.
To encourage people to think creatively.

folly promote the use of Free and Open Source Software and encourage artists to use FOSS.

Artist fee:
4000 including VAT.
Supplementary expenses of up to 100.

Copyright would stay with the artist as the creator but any software developed for the project would be licensed under the latest general public license and any other works developed as part of the project would be licensed under creative commons attributions share alike.

folly welcome submissions from international artists

Deadline for submissions Mon 22 Oct 2007
Artists will be contracted from 1st November 2007 to develop a new piece of online work by end of March 2008.
Project will launch Tue 1 Apr 2008.

For more information contact Jennifer Stoddart, folly Programme Coordinator on or +44 (0)1524 388550

Please send your submissions by email to
Or on CD by post to:
Jennifer Stoddart, Programme Coordinator
folly, 6.4.4 Alston House
White Cross
Lancaster UK

Please include:
A recent CV and examples of past work.
An outline proposal of no more than 3 sides of A4.
A completed equal opportunities form (available from

folly is a leading digital arts organisation specialists in the creative use of technology and committed to arts participation online, committed to Equal Opportunities in employment, programme and services.
folly - call for artists

What: folly - call for artists
Contact: Jennifer Stoddart or Call +44 (0)1524 388550
Deadline: Mon 22 Oct 2007, Project will launch Tue 1 Apr 2008