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5 September 2018

OPEN Call: Digital Curators for PlayUK

We’re seeking proposals for the curation of PlayUK’s digital exhibition in Macedonia that showcases digital practise in the UK and Western Balkans.

PlayUK is an exciting programme in the Western Balkans which supports and develops creative digital practitioners by creating connections between the UK and the Western Balkans through panels, workshops and showcasing opportunities. The next edition of PlayUK is taking place in Skopje, Macedonia, 2 – 4 November.

We are looking for a UK-based curator or collective to co-curate an interactive exhibition showcasing the latest innovations in immersive and digital media (games, VR, AR, projections, digital) from the UK alongside work from the Western Balkans. The selected UK curator(s) will collaborate with a curator in the Western Balkans to create a public exhibition. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with digital practitioners in the Western Balkans and collaborate internationally to produce a unique exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase work from across the UK and Western Balkans (70:30 split) and explore the themes of innovation in digital media and the ways in which digital practise intersects with art and culture. The selected curator, along with the Western Balkans curator, will bring together 15 – 20 pieces for the exhibition to include a diverse range of works.

For reference you can view previous PlayUK events that took place in Sarajevo and Belgrade.

360 video of Play UK Sarajevo

The selected curator will receive: 

  • £4,000 curator’s fee
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Full technical support
  • Support from the British Councils teams (UK and Western Balkans)

The selected curators will be experts who have the technical capacity and the creative mindset to curate an engaging, inspired and diverse showcase. A maximum budget of £10,000 has been allocated to production costs, with a separate budget set aside for the purpose of obtaining copyright permissions once featured work has been agreed. In addition, the British Council would also be willing to provide a budget that would be used to bring a few of authors/creators of the works to Skopje to attend the event if deemed necessary. (Note that the venue has already been secured and will not count toward the prescribed production budget.)

The selected curator will be invited to Skopje for a three day visit ahead of PlayUK (in October) to meet with the Western Balkans curator and tech staff, visit the venue and work with the British Council Western Balkans team. The exhibition will take place 2 - 4 November.

Deadline for applications has passed.