Submissions Open for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s £20,000 Alternate Realities Commission

Artists have until 25th February to make their submissions.

As part of the annual Sheffield Doc/Fest which takes place every June is the Alternate Realities Commission which seeks artists to create a digital project. The festival has now opened submissions for the 2019 exhibition, where one lucky creator will receive completion funding worth £20,000 GBP.

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Supported by Arts Council England, Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK, the Alternate Realities Exhibition is looking for a new digital project focussed on non-fiction. The Festival is particularly keen to receive applications from artists, organisations and institutions working in multidisciplinary installation, augmented reality (AR), interactive art, 360º video, virtual reality (VR), a room-scale experience, gaming, motion comic formats and live performance.

Dan Tucker, Curator of the Alternate Realities programme said in a statement: “This is an exciting year for Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and in particular for the Commission. I am thrilled to welcome Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK as new supporting partners, alongside Arts Council England; these new relationships will amplify the impact of the project and offer prestigious exhibition opportunities and profile for the successful artist.”

The successful project will be unveiled at the Alternate Realities Exhibition located at Site Gallery. Artists to have previously had their work chosen include Heather Phillipson, Oscar Raby, Alex Pearson/Marshmallow Laser Feast, Darren Emerson and Michaela Holland/Michelle Gabel. Additionally, the successful commission winner will have the opportunity to speak about their work at MUTEK, Montreal (20-25 August 2019), and tour their project as part of MUTEK Montreal 2020 edition.

“Site Gallery is absolutely delighted to be supporting this year’s Alternate Realities Commission. Especially as the deservedly-celebrated Alternate Realities Exhibition will be coming home to Site, after first debuting here in 2014. As Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, focusing on New Media, Moving Image and Performance, we are perfectly placed to support and develop the exhibition’s evolving ambitions,” adds Sharna Jackson, Artistic Director Site Gallery.

Artists from across the globe are encouraged to submit their proposals to the commission, with the closing date being 25th February 2019. The Sheffield Doc/Fest will take place from 6 – 11 June 2019. For further updates on the exhibition and the content being shown at the festival, keep reading VRFocus.

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