Closing date 15 March 2021

ReGrowing Digital Arts – Creative Growth

NEoN is commissioning to develop a ‘Digital Arts Symposia Provocation’ that can push the boundaries of what academic and arts-based conferences can be.

This ‘provocation’ is a researched digital arts symposium proposal that aims to experiment with the format by incorporating performance, multi-media, and wider disciplines while ensuring the symposium’s quality marker through up-to-date research and 'energised' knowledge exchange. Perhaps most importantly, this provocation needs to break down academic barriers by demonstrating accessibility and broadening reach, such as through live streaming elements and the use of city-based locations around Dundee (i.e. what works well? and why?).

We are looking to commission someone with experience of contributing to conferences and symposia in the creative, cultural and/or academic sector and be a demonstrable advocate for knowledge exchange. We are open to all disciplinary backgrounds, though with some connection, knowledge and/or experience of digital arts.

The role will involve working with Donna Holford-Lovell, director of NEoN, and Dr Michael Pierre Johnson, a creative economy researcher based at the Innovation School, The Glasgow School of Art. This will include using and responding to data collected as part of Michael’s research collaboration with NEoN, working with archive materials of NEoN’s past internships and work placements, and engaging with a range of stakeholders from Higher Education and the digital arts sector to produce the manifesto. 
The commission is funded by Michael’s AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Innovation Leadership Fellow, The Value of Creative Growth. It offers £2400 for the work to be delivered between 15th March and 11th June 2021. This is calculated at £200 / day for 12 days of work; the working pattern is flexible within this timeframe.

There is also a budget available to cover materials, production and dissemination costs. Part of your role may suggest ways of presenting/sharing this manifesto in engaging ways after the June 2021 deadline.

While we are very open to applicants’ ideas for how they’d do the work, we’re interested in presentation forms, such as performance-based lectures, street interventions and other physical, action-based contributions. We’re encouraging innovative proposals based on bringing different contributors together to explore best practice of what a symposium could/should look like in the future, such as through focus groups that include a diversity of voices and disciplines. 

The deadline for applications is Mon 15th March. Interviews will be performed on Wed 17th March, with the selected person informed on Fri 19th March.

It is essential to the organisation that there is a diversity of voices and lived-experiences on our board of trustees. The importance of lived experience goes more in-depth than demographics. It’s about real, on-the-ground knowledge of the organisation’s work from the individuals' perspectives and communities it seeks to serve.

We especially encourage applicants who identify as carers, parents, non-binary and genderqueer folk, people that identify as neurodiverse and disabled, people from Black, African, Caribbean, Asian, Multiple or any other ethnic groups, people from the queer community, people from working-class backgrounds, people from different religious backgrounds. We also encourage young people and students to apply.

How to Apply  

To make the application process as easy as possible, we are open to how you tell us about yourself. You can send us a 3-5 minute video, or as audio-only or one-page written submission, covering why you’re interested in the opportunity and how you would approach producing such a manifesto. You can also include your CV and examples of relevant past work. We are happy to discuss this with you before applying. 

If you are interested or have further questions, please get in touch.

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