SPILL National Platform 2012 - Call for Proposals

Full programme for this year's SPILL Festival, including details of the National Platform, will be announced on 19 September.

SPILL Festival is the UK’s premier artist-led festival of experimental theatre, live art and performance. Inaugurated by performance maker Robert Pacitti in 2007, the festival has become known worldwide for supporting radical new work, presented in accessible ways that are as much about context as they are about excellence.

Developed in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency, and generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the SPILL National Platform is the UK’s open submissions platform for emerging experimental makers. The Platform is at the heart of the Festival and showcases innovative, daring and exciting work, created today by artists of the future. This year SPILL becomes an annual festival, alternating between Ipswich in November 2012, and London in April 2013.

This November SPILL will present its largest ever National Platform, showcasing the work of 50 selected artists and companies at a range of exciting spaces across Ipswich in Suffolk.

The National Platform is for artists who are at the beginning of their professional practice, including recent graduates, and who have only had a few opportunities to show their work publicly.

The National Platform is aimed at artists and companies who are interested in the ‘experience’ or the ‘event’ of art and who work with ideas of ‘liveness’. The Platform is open to artists and companies who are centralising or exploring the ‘liveness’ of the artist and/or the ‘liveness’ of the audience through performance, sound, film, video, installation, new media or digital practices.

Across three days and at multiple locations in Ipswich, emerging artists and companies will have a fantastic opportunity to showcase their work to an audience made up of national and international promoters and artists, and members of the public.

Each artist or company selected for the Platform will receive an inclusive fee of £200, plus accommodation, and technical and marketing support. A dedicated programme of networking and SPILL Think Tank events will enhance this opportunity for participating artists, and the high profile nature of the SPILL Festival will ensure its impact both nationally and internationally.

To download an application pack and for details on how to apply for this new and exciting opportunity, please go to www.pacitticompany.com and click on ‘News’ situated to the right of the home page.

The deadline for applications is strictly noon on Monday 18 June 2012.