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Friday, November 29, 2013

Wigtown Book Festival - Visual Arts Commissions

Astrid Jaekel was this years Spring Fling artist-in-residence at Wigtown Book Festival (photo Andy Farrington)
Wigtown Book Festival is seeking to expand its visual arts programme, which in 2013 included the Spring Fling Artist in Residency and collaboration with Environmental Art Festival Scotland. As part of this expansion, the festival is keen to commission a visual artist or group of artists to develop works for the 2014 festival (26 Sept-5 Oct 2014). There are two types of commission as follows:

1)  The festival is looking to commission new work that responds to or reflects upon EITHER Scotland’s Lowlands OR the National Book Town in Wigtown, its bookshops, and/or the culture of reading and readers. We are specifically seeking work that engages the public broadly and works within the festival environment.

The fee for this project will be in the region of £2,500. Interested parties are invited to submit a short (one side of A4) summary of their proposed project, a CV, an artist’s statement and a link to photographs of previous work to Anne Barclay ( by 5pm Wednesday 11 December. Interviews will be held in person or by phone / Skype. The final decision will be made by Friday January 10th.

2) The festival is also offering two fees of £500 to create or develop existing work on the same themes as above. Application process as above.

This commission is separate from the Spring Fling / Wigtown Book Festival Artist-in-Residency. Proposals previously submitted to that residency will not be considered.

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