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We want artists for a sustainability event at the Eden Project

Tuesday 25 August 2015 NUS News

NUS has an exciting opportunity for five commissions for student artists to be presented at the European launch of Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS), on Friday 9 October 2015, at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

SOS is the new international alliance of student organisations collaborating to progress their work on social responsibility and environmental sustainability, and the event will feature contributions from student leaders as well as internationally renowned environmentalists Sir Tim Smit and Jonathon Porritt.

As part of the launch, we will be celebrating WHOLE EARTH?, Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake’s new photographic exhibition, which is based on the premise that the future belongs to today’s young people

Your responses 

We are looking for creative responses to the brief: students at the forefront of change and taking the lead in the fight against climate change. Works will be installed continuously from 20.00 – 21.30, in the Med and Rainforest biomes (housing the world’s largest indoor rainforest).

The successful proposals will be engaging and thought-provoking for the event’s attendees, and it should be possible for us to film or photograph the response for sharing online as part of the ongoing communications on SOS.

Proposals could be for new work or existing work adapted to the brief, in any medium that can be installed within the biome, with or without a live performance element. Please bear in mind there will be limited time and staff support for set-up in the afternoon of the event, so we are looking for works that will be flexible to the demands of the space, and that are simple to set up.

Five x £500 bursaries are available, which are intended to cover all necessary materials, travel and accommodation, as well as your artist fee. There should be only one proposal per applicant. Please note, this opportunity is only open to students currently studying in Further or Higher Education (this includes postgraduates).

How to apply

To apply, please send proof of your student status, i.e. a scan of your valid student ID card, together with a proposal addressing the following (no more than two sides of A4):

  • Artist statement (max 250 words)
  • Links to any previous works
  • Outline of the work you propose to present, explaining how it relates to the brief and any technical requirements for set-up
  • Outline your budget (inc. your fee, materials costs, travel and accommodation)

Applications should be sent to before 09.00am onWednesday 9 September 2015. Applications will be judged by a panel of representatives from partner organisations for the event.