Deadline for applications: 12 January
The pioneering DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North is seeking applications from creative practitioners in all media for the second DARE Art Prize. Launched last year, the £15,000 prize is aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process. Shortlisted proposals for the inaugural Prize included a whale choir and an exploration of cosmic bubbles, and the winning entry from Berlin-based composer Samuel Hertz: an electro-acoustic chamber piece incorporating sounds below the level of human hearing. Samuel is currently working on his commission, due to be unveiled in April next year, with performers from Opera North and academics from the University of Leeds.
The winner – an innovative, ambitious, early-career artist who is motivated by the opportunity to work in partnership with leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds – will be announced on 12 February.
The successful artist will be matched with a researcher who shares their vision and can bring knowledge, expertise and networks to support the creation of something new. There are no restrictions on the form of the outcome: depending on the interests of the collaborators and the direction that the work takes, it could be a piece of visual art, a dance performance, a poem, an interactive website or a cycle of new songs, but the project must be achievable within twelve months. It is expected that around £5,000 of the Award will be invested in the creation of new work.
For more information and application details: operanorth.co.uk/news/
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