SPILL Festival: Applications Open!

The SPILL Festival of Performance is offering 35 paid opportunities for artists and companies at the start of their careers to showcase their talents as part of the SPILL National Platform.

The applications are now open until Monday the 4th of April 2016 at 12pm.

Aimed at early makers, or those whose practices may have been overlooked, the SPILL National Platform is a UK and Ireland-wide open callout. The opportunity is for artists and companies who are interested in the experience or the event of art and who work with ideas of liveness across experimental performance, sound, film, video, installation, new media / digital practices, activist actions, and new for 2016, projects that radically engage with museum collections.

Selected artists and companies will showcase their work at the 2016 SPILL Festival of Performance, taking place in Ipswich during October; in public, civic, gallery and theatre spaces.

Previous artists who have seen their work grow through the National Platform have included Poppy Jackson, Kris Canavan, Jamal Harewood, FK Alexander and Daniel Oliver.

Poppy Jackson, a SPILL National Platform artist from 2015 says:

“Showing work at the SPILL National Platform formed a milestone point in my career as a practicing artist, facilitating intensive artistic development and significantly boosting my professional trajectory. The level of respect and care for all the participating artists that the Pacitti Company provided set up the conditions for concentrated focus on our work so that we could pour our all into it, which made all the difference to the delivery of our performances.

The time, support and trust the Pacitti team gave me to develop my piece instigated and allowed space for a challenging and rewarding process to unfold that pushed my practice in an important new direction. The SPILL Festival crew and Pacitti Company team have shown a high level of consideration and care for my work and what I best need to carry it out and I am really grateful for this fulfilling, challenging and radical opportunity and experience”

Kris Canavan, who presented DREDGE as part of SPILL Festival of Performance 2015: “The SPILL National Platform was for me a welcome shot in the arm of my artistic practice – an opportunity to push myself to my limits in a controlled and carefully curated and considered space. Without the compassion given by those involved in the SPILL National Platform my aktion, DREDGE, would not have been possible.”

The National Platform has been a key part of SPILL in the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 Festivals. Since 2007 SPILL Festival has presented the work of 138 National Platform artists and companies in a variety of spaces including the National Theatre Studio, the Barbican and Toynbee Studios in London, and in Ipswich at the Town Hall, New Wolsey Studio, High Street Exhibition Gallery, the former Police Station and at the Ipswich Art School Gallery.

The SPILL National Platform is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Robert Pacitti, Artistic Director of Pacitti Company, says:

“The SPILL National Platform presents bold work by exceptionally talented artists from across the UK and Ireland. By carefully selecting only the most promising early makers, the Platform truly does represent the future of radical art, here today. In doing so the SPILL National Platform attracts local, national and international audiences to Ipswich, who expect only the very best. I’m thrilled that year on year the festival, and the town, continues to deliver just that.”

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Applications are open until 12pm on Monday the 4th of April 2016 and can be found on the SPILL Festival website: www.spillfestival.com

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