Pulse Fringe Festival 2008 - Call for artists

The PULSE FRINGE FESTIVAL is a multi-disciplinary festival of contemporary performing arts providing an annual platform for the most innovative and fresh theatre, visual arts, dance, live art, mixed media and music. PULSE celebrates new and emerging artists and fresh approaches to performance in all disciplines, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence and showcasing the most cutting-edge, boundary-breaking performing arts from the region and beyond.

As with the performance strand of this year's PULSE the organisers are very keen to offer opportunities to emerging artists who intend on using the festival to further the development of their career. They are particularly interested in hearing from artists with work in development that want to put it 'out there' for the first time.

The Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich are looking for artists to participate in a 2-week long contemporary art project. The final project format will be curated from the applications received with works being considered for display across gallery, theatre (main house & studio) and public spaces. This flexible approach provides the chance to build a project from the submissions. Responding to the breadth of work submitted to deliver interesting and surprising outcomes.

Existing work and proposals for new work will be accepted across all media however applicants must realise that due to limited financial resources there is no financial support available for the making of new work and artists fees. Through the opportunity advertising, marketing, venue(s), technical and curatorial support will be provided.

Deadline for submissions: Mon 18 Feb 2008.
Confirmation of offers: after Fri 22 Feb 2008.

Notes for applicants:

Applicants are expected to consider the spaces prior to preparing an application. It is very important that they think about the limitations imposed by the venues as some modes of display and installation might pose problematic. Building information, plans and images available from the Town Hall Galleries website & the Wolsey Theatre website

Venue description:

The Town Hall Galleries are housed within a Victorian civic building located in the heart of Ipswich. The main interior space (Gallery 1) was an old courtroom before being used as a Council Chamber. It is defined by characteristic high ceilings and a central glass dome, and has some architectural features such as columns and plasterwork. There is a permanent long plinth that bridges a staged area and the main gallery floor (clues to the rooms past as a courtroom). Two other gallery spaces occupy the building. Gallery 2 is an exhibition/ retail space for Suffolk Craft Society makers, and Gallery 3 is managed by Colchester and Ipswich Museums and hosts community heritage projects.
Please note the galleries will be closed from Tue 4 Mar 2008 until the opening of PULSE. Those wishing to view should contact the gallery, 01473 432863 / visualarts@ipswich.gov.uk

The New Wolsey Theatre on Civic Drive is a 400 seat theatre which presents a diverse range of work. The theatre is a PULSE performance venue and in 2008 the front-of-house areas will be used as display space for contemporary art.

The New Wolsey Studio on St George's Street is the central PULSE venue. The auditorium seats 100 but the foyer on the ground floor will become a display space for contemporary art.
Visit the Wolsey Theatre website

Public spaces. The New Wolsey hopes to use its outdoor terrace as a PULSE performance space and as a display space for works of art. If your submission is for an outdoor piece please consider security and safety. Smaller pieces may be moved indoors at night but ideally outdoor work should be in position for the period of the festival.
Pulse Fringe Festival 2008


What: Pulse Fringe Festival 2008 - Call for artists
When: Festval takes place Thu 29 May - Sun 15 June 2008
Further Details:
- Visit the PULSE website to download application form
- Visit the PULSE website
Deadline: Mon 18 Feb 2008