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Artist Call Out: Conservatory Audio Trail

Christmas in the Conservatory

We are excited to be working on an Audio Trail which will connect new audiences with our treasured green space, the Conservatory, by bringing it to life through storytelling. 

We want to support the positive wellbeing of participants by encouraging their connection to nature following a period where many have been confined to their homes with little to no access to green space during lockdown. The Trail will take place during the summer 2021, giving families a free and accessible activity to take part in over the holiday break. The Trail will be offered as an intergenerational activity, for adults and their children to enjoy together.

Applications are now closed.

How will it work?

We would like to work with two artists to co-create the artistic vision and content of this Audio Trail. We are looking for a Creative Writer and a Sound Artist. Please note, we are particularly looking to work with artists who are underrepresented in the arts. Underrepresented Artists; Disability, Sexual Orientation, Ethnicity and Socio-Economic status as categorised in the Arts Council’s Diversity Report.

This is a pilot project where we wish to commission a Creative Writer to produce up to five short stories, each positioned in a different part of the Conservatory, that will explicitly draw on the Conservatory’s flora and fauna, connecting them to their native lands so that participants can be transported to different corners of the world. We also wish to commission a Sound Artist to bring these stories to life more vividly by producing soundscapes that will be dispersed throughout the storytelling.

Criteria and selection

All applicants will be reviewed by a selection of members from our Creative Learning team who hold positions at different levels and have a range of expertise. Applications will be assessed according to how well they have considered the Brief.

Projects that do not make the shortlist will have simple feedback provided, drawn from the selection panel’s written comments. Those who make the shortlist and are not funded will have more detailed feedback, drawn from the panel’s notes when their application was discussed.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Please read the downloadable brief before applying. This can be found at the top of the page. 

If you would like to be considered for the role of either Sound Artist or Creative Writer on the Audio Trail please send your CV and a cover letter (each no more than 2 pages long) outlining how your skills meet the Brief.

Please also include:

  • For the Sound Artist post – an example of your work in Sound along with a description
  • For the Creative Writer – an example of your work in Creative Writing (and Storytelling if applicable)

If you would prefer to send a video of your responses, please send the link to the email address below, along with a C.V. document / video detailing examples of your work to date and experience of working in the arts and with children/young people. Send to: [email protected] with the subject heading Sound Artist/Creative Writer Application [delete as appropriate] – Audio Trail 

If you would like to submit a joint application as a creative duo please submit your application by writing ‘Sound Artist and Creative Writer Application’ in the subject title of the email when submitting your cover letter, CV(s) and examples of work.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about applying for this role.

Listen below for the audio-described versions of the briefs for the roles of Sound Artist and Creative Writer: