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Barbican and The Trampery to launch major new project

The Barbican, in association with the Trampery, are looking for innovative artists to take part in a major new project launching in March, alt.barbican.

Taking inspiration from start-up accelerator models, alt.barbican is a response to the blurring of boundaries between individual art forms and a generation of emergent artists drawing upon multiple disciplines and new technologies to create projects with new expressive possibilities.

The six-month development programme for up to five artists centres around a range of training, mentoring and showcasing opportunities. In addition, participants will benefit from a fully funded trip to Montreal to exhibit their work at Inter_Connect London, a genre-spanning art, culture and technology showcase produced by MUTEK.

Artists are invited to respond and explore the theme of ‘the subversion of reality’, looking at a wide array of ideas including digital mimicry, social interaction, creativity and the merging of technology and human senses. Practitioners are also encouraged to employ projection mapping methods or work with augmented reality and other immersive sound formats.

Selected alt.barbican participants will receive a £1,500 honorarium for participating in the programme, as well as access to studio spaces, mentorship provided by professionals, business tools and the opportunity to apply to an alt.barbican commissioning fund of £7,500 to realise a major piece in the Barbican’s public spaces.

alt.barbican is delivered by the Barbican and The Trampery; in partnership with the British Council, MUTEK and National Theatre; and supported by Arts Council England.


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The deadline for entries is Sunday 19 March at 12noon GMT, and the programme will start on Wednesday 22 March.