Art in the OpenSpace: Student Takeover Week!
1st-5th May 2016 Axis Arts Centre Open Space
Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire Campus
Do you want to create work outside of your course assessments? Would you like to create work free from rules or guidelines? Now is your chance to propose ideas for projects that are all about the work that you want to create! From the 1st – 5th May, the Axis Arts Centre OpenSpace will be hosting the first ‘Arts in the Open Space: Student Takeover Week’.
This is an opportunity to experiment with new ideas, get feedback on an idea or document your work to take with you into your career. We are inviting students to submit proposals for creative, exciting, innovative and challenging pieces of work/performance to be presented for the week. One lucky artist will also win a cash prize of £100 for the best piece of work which will be presented at the closing party on the 5th May.
The idea for Student Takeover stemmed from the need for student led work that allowed for the creation of work without having to stick to course guidelines and assessment criteria. In addition to this, it has been the concern of some students that audience numbers for performances and assessments will dwindle in the comings years. This project aims to bridge the gap between contemporary arts courses by bringing work from across the department into the same space at the same time and encouraging students to engage with new work.
We are looking for exciting pieces of work including installations, installations, performances, live art, participations and cross-disciplinary collaborations (among others). The more work proposed from across the Contemporary Arts subjects allows for a more engaging and diverse week. The only rule is that work presented must uphold the universities values and principles.
If you don’t want to propose your own work, there are other way to get involved in Student Takeover Week! We are looking for enthusiastic students to review both the work and the event and they will then be published on our dedicated website and facebook page.
The work will be in the openspace for the entire first week of May for students, lecturers and visitors to view, engage and enjoy. At the end of the week we will also be hosting the closing party, with audiences invited to discuss the work with the artists and celebrate the student led work.
Proposal sheets can be found on the 'Art in the OpenSpace' facebook page and paper copies will be kept in the OpenSpace and the Box Office. Alternatively you can also email Megan Iredale at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the proposals is Monday 20th March to be handed in at the Box Office or emailed to Megan Iredale. Successful applicants will be notified by the 27th March.
We look forward to receiving your applications!