Creative SPARKS

In response to the restriction of physical programs due to COVID-19, Umbrella recently called for innovative program proposals for digital experiences. The Creative Sparks stream of this program focuses on artist-led experiences that excite and innovate.
Hidden Marks | Nigel Matejcic live-streamed Saturday 20 June and on display 26 June – 9 August 2020.
Insiders | Katya Venter – 26 June – 9 August 2020. 
Semiotics of the Bathroom | Sonia Ward – 
14 August – 27 September 2020.
We also delivered new Creative Kids commissions and Creative Industries programs as separate streams.

Umbrella is again calling for local artist submissions for the second round of Creative Sparks. We are seeking exciting proposals that offer new directions and pathways for participants and audiences in an online or digital platform. It is expected that the programs will also extend the practice of the artist through their production of new minor work. Successful applicants will be paid up to $500 per project, including art materials and preparation for the project. Umbrella can also provide support to the successful artists to fine-tune their commissioned work.

ApImage: Shutterstockplicants should limit their project to a manageable scope to fit within the budget (and outline the allocation of funds to materials, artist fees, etc) and timeline:
Applications open: Thursday 24 September 2020
Applications close: midnight Sunday 18 October 2020
Proposals reviewed, artists selected and commissioned: late October 2020
Artists to create digital experience programs: early November 2020
Digital delivery of programs: Late November 2020

Applicants should also consider the challenges of social-distancing and Umbrella’s COVID-Safe plan if the project is to include in-person components. Applicants must live within the North Queensland region and be current Umbrella members. Artists are otherwise limited only by their creativity and skills. Digital experience program examples include (but are not limited to) webinars, self-guided activities, videos, interactive programs / games, Instagram live engagement, workshops with new technology or ideas, artist talks that share exciting new practice development/s, virtual reality exhibitions and social media takeovers. When possible, it is expected that the programs will be documented in such a way to make them accessible to audiences beyond the initial delivery.  E.g. projects presented live may be turned into videos or podcasts.

Submissions will be reviewed against the criteria of innovation, viability, impact, reach and need. In terms of need, please outline within your proposal if you have lost significant work or income due to COVID-19. We welcome artists to contact us to discuss ideas and proposals before submitting via the form below.

This project receives generous support from the Regional Arts Development Fund. RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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Are you a non-Indigenous artist who is proposing a project which contains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subject matter? If so, please explain your methodology for obtaining permission to use Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) below. (Excellent resources to support you in this can be found here and here.)