THE MANCHESTER OPEN - Call to All Local Artists

THE MANCHESTER OPEN is a new commissioning initiative set up by Manchester International Festival which invites professional artists and arts organisations, from all disciplines, who live or work in the Manchester City boundaries, to propose exceptional new projects.

The Manchester Open is offering up to £100,000 each, for up to three commissions which will be developed and produced by the Manchester International Festival as part of the 2009 or 2011 Festival.

Proposals must be submitted by post to arrive no later than 5pm, Friday 1st February 2008. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in early March 2008 and the panelís decision will be announced by the end of March 2008.

THE MANCHESTER OPEN CRITERIA
1. All applicants must live or work in the Manchester City boundaries
2. All proposals must be for projects that can premiere within the Manchester City boundaries within the Festival dates (July 2009 or July 2011)
3. Proposals must be for original new work.
4. All proposals must be received by 5pm Fri 1 Feb 2008
5. Only one proposal per person or group will be accepted.
6. Proposals must include a completed application form, a submission proposal of no more than 2 sides of typed A4 describing the project Ė this should include background on the artists/ producers/ curators involved. You may submit a DVD or CD up to a maximum running time of 15 minutes or up to 6 images with your application. Please note that submissions will not be returned so please do not submit original artwork.
7. £100,000 per commission covers production costs including all artist and administration fees. Press and publicity costs will be covered by other festival budgets.
8. An outline budget is not required at this stage.
9. Only postal applications will be accepted. Please note that if you would like acknowledgement of receipt of your application, you should include a stamped, addressed envelope.
10. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in early March 2008.
11. The panelís decision will be announced by the end of March 2008. The panelís decision is final.
THE MANCHESTER OPEN


What: THE MANCHESTER OPEN - Call to All Local Artists
Further Details:
- Visit the Manchester International Festival website to download an application form
Deadline: Fri 1 Feb 2008, 5pm
Who Can Apply: All applicants must live or work in the Manchester City boundaries