FRESH – open call opportunity for emerging performance and live artists based in Finland

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FRESH is back! Initiated in 2018, New Performance Turku Festival brings back FRESH programme – the artistic development and performing opportunity for emerging performance and live artists based and working in Finland. FRESH-project is targeting performance art professionals who have been operating in the field under 10 years, or are currently shifting their artistic practice towards performance art.
We’re announcing an open call for performance proposals for the FRESH programme. Application procedure combines open call selection and invitations. Alltogether three performance works will be selected for a dialogical development process, and will eventually be performed at the New Performance Turku Festival in October 2019.
The development process of the selected works includes following phases:
– After the selection, the chosen works will get feedback from the programme jury.
– The chosen artists will have a possibility to discuss their work with the regional artist of live art Marika Räty, the specialist advisor of the FRESH programme and the artistic team of the New Performance Turku Festival
– All the three chosen artists will also be invited to a shared coaching weekend in Turku area, August 16-18th 2019
– The festival offers the participants a performance fee. The development process doesn’t include an additional fee, but the costs of the coaching weekend will be covered.
The performance works will be presented at the New Performance Turku Festival, 18-20th October 2019. The artist and the festival will negotiate the details of the work’s actualization, performing time and space.
You are invited to apply, if:
– you are a performance artist / live artist based in Finland
– you have been a practicing art professional under 10 years
– you have a possibility in committing in the residency weekend in August 2019 as well as the festival period in October 2019
– you are able to and willing to commit in a dialogical and collegial artistic process
– you are preparing a new work or want to significantly develop previously existing work
FRESH will offer the three chosen artists the mentoring of their performative work, the travel, accommodation and food costs of the coaching weekend, travel and accommodation costs of the festival weekend, performance fee, technical support, performance assistant and reasonable material costs.
The deadline for the applications is Sunday, June 16th 2019 at 23:59UTC+3.
Send your application email, including the performance proposal and a CV (both as single attachment, in pdf form), at: NOTE! Please include a heading FRESH + your name in your application e-mail.
All applicants will be informed on the decisions by end of June 2019.

FRESH is kindly supported by Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund. In collaboration with Arts Promotion Centre Finland.