Open Call | Proposals Based on The Bunting Harp Collection

Closing date: Wednesday 24 July 2019, 4pm.

Music Network (MN) and The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as its inspiration the historically significant harp tunes collected in 1792 by Edward Bunting.

Artists are invited to submit proposals outlining their creative response to a range of multimedia digital materials relating to the collection held by MN, ITMA, and Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Materials are comprised of digitised 18th century publication and manuscript sources, and 21st century audio-visual harp studio performances.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create and present new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials, and to bring this valuable collection to the attention of the wider public.

Support provided:

• Guided access to Bunting Collection source and reference materials held by ITMA, MN and Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast
• Dedicated research work space in ITMA, if required
• Access to ITMA’s sound recording studio, if required
• €10,000 for artist fees, expenses and all commission development expenses (maximum available budget). N.B. limited additional budget will be made available in 2020 to cover presentation costs.

Further details, including terms and conditions, payment schedules etc., will be agreed in consultation with MN and ITMA. The Commission will be developed over a non-consecutive period of dates from August 2019, and will require meetings with MN/ITMA in Dublin, dates and times to be agreed.

Briefing/open day:
The open day will take place on Thursday 4th July 2019 at ITMA, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Additional materials (including recordings, images and background information on Bunting etc.) will be available to access from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Representatives from Music Network and ITMA will be available to answer questions/provide project background information from 12.00pm – 1.00pm.

For full brief see: Invitation+to+tender+2019.pdf

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