DIY: 2007 – Live Art Campers! – North West

Come for a weekend away! Country walks, sitting around the fire, drinking and chatting til late, interspersed with ‘fun’ professional development sessions.

Led by FrenchMottershead.


Friday 27, Saturday 28, and Sunday 29 July 2007.
North West, Lancashire.

The Project

A mini-break for North-West based emerging artists, led by Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead.

We’ll cook, sleep and eat together. We’ll go on socially-engineered walks through woods and hills, sharing creative experiences. We’ll sit around the campfire, drinking and chatting under the stars, giggling, telling stories, arguing about whose turn it is to do the washing-up.

Interspersed with this frivolity will be sessions, introduced by Rebecca and Andrew, drawing on our their experiences, but very much about the group sharing ideas and methodologies. These will cover topics such as being strategic and creative with marketing to audiences, programmers and funders; keeping in touch with work; setting up the support networks we need; easing the load through collaborations; proposal-writing; and so on …

We’ll be based at Roeburndale Camping Barn, in a secluded meadow on the banks of the River Roeburn and surrounded by native woodlands. To get to the barn, we will walk for a mile across uneven ground and cross a swingbridge over the river.

Campers will arrive pm of Friday 27 July and leave pm of Sunday 29 July 2007.

Live Art Campers! is free, including accommodation and return transport from Lancaster train station to Middlewood Farm. You will need to get yourself to Lancaster station and contribute to food and drink.

Application Procedure

There are ten places for emerging artists from the North West. Please email[email protected] (with DIY NORTH WEST in the subject line) with a few sentences about who you are, why you would like to come camping and what you hope to gain from the experience.

We must get your application by 6pm on 11 June 2007 and we’ll let you know by 18 June. At this point, we’ll give more information on arrival/departure times and a list of what you need to bring, including sleeping bag.

About the Artists

Rebecca and Andrew create art that explores identity, social ritual and the everyday public and private realms in which they are played out. They have developed creative strategies for showing their work in various sites from Tate Modern to pet food shops. They are currently working on commissions for EAST International and Situation Leeds.

Any Questions
If you have any specific questions about Live Art Campers! email Rebecca on[email protected].

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