Open Call for Proposals – The Boat Project Maiden Voyage Commission – deadline 31 August 2011

In May 2012 a remarkable boat will set sail on its maiden voyage. The 30ft yacht, crafted by a fearlessly adventurous team of boat builders, will be a living archive of people’s lives and stories. The boat will be launched in May 2012. An artist – selected through this call-out – will also be onboard working on a serial project that has an outcome presented at each of the planned five maiden voyage destinations: Brighton (as a part of the Brighton Festival), Portsmouth (as part of Portsmouth Festivities), Hastings, Margate and Milton Keynes (as a part of the Milton Keynes International Festival). We are interested to hear from artists/companies working in performance, photography, text, sound, screen or digital-based medias to propose a version of a ‘ship’s log’ that would both respond to the boat’s unique history, the thousand of lives that came together to create it and its voyage along the south coast of England. The commission will present an outcome in each of the five voyage destinations, so will need to function in series, and will perhaps have an accumulating structure. The shape, form and length of the outcomes are entirely up to you, as is its location and context – although the voyage, the course of the journey and the boat itself need to function as the centre of the work. For further information and on how to apply go to
www.theboatproject.com/. Deadline for proposals Wednesday 31 August