Thursday 28, July 2016

Open Call to attend TippingPoint Oxford

Friday  8 August 2014, 5 pm (Application Deadline), Sunday & Monday September 21 & 22 2014 (Event Dates)

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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ASCUS has teamed up with TippingPoint and have been allocated three ASCUS places for Scottish artists to attend their next major event in Oxford. The focus this year will be energy, in the context of climate change. The artistic focus for this event will be stories and narrative, though the concept of stories is broad – performance in various forms, visual representations – there are many ways of telling a story. TippingPoint will also be supporting new commissions to a total of £20,000 each for the creation of new stories on the subject, which will only be available to those who have attended the event. Full information about this opportunity can be found on the ASCUS and TippingPoint website Visit the website

We believe this is a major opportunity for a wide variety of artists to bring new content and challenges into their work – and to spend an enormously stimulating couple of days. To make an application to be present you simply need to write to us setting out two things:  firstly a summary of your own work, in not more than 200 words, together with links to any relevant web-based material;  secondly an outline of why you would like to attend, in not more than 100 words. An accompanying CV is also welcome, but not a requirement. Send this to general@ascus.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of August.

TippingPoint’s guiding principles are simple: they believe that, through their creative work and through collaborations with researchers and policy-makers, artists can play a vital role in exploring and helping animate the cultural, societal and behavioural shifts needed in a world subject to a rapidly changing climate.

This major two day event in the historic Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford will build on the series of events that TippingPoint have held worldwide over past years, attended by over 2,000 people. The focus this year will be energy, in the context of climate change.  Tipping Point are working in very close partnership with the major new AHRC funded Stories of Change project, which will draw on a combination of academic research and the arts to encourage a more fluid approach to current and future energy choices; this is in response to the view that the current popular and political debate is ‘stuck’.

Tipping Point have taken stories as the focus because they offer a popular and engaging route into thinking about the past and present and imagining possible futures, and also because stories, narratives and narration are concepts that everybody can gather around.  Their concept of stories is broad – performance in various forms, visual representations – there are many ways of telling a story.

To energise the process of thinking creatively about this the event will bring together a unique mix of skills and experience, including expertise on: energy policy, at a national and local level; business, both large and small, renewable, community-oriented and conventional; on activism, campaigning, and movements like transition towns; the media’s insights into the subject.

These and more will be matched by an equivalent number of artists. TippingPoint’s approach to this sort of gathering has been refined over many years, and uses a broad range of plenary and small group activity, with a minimum of being talked at, and a maximum of engagement and dialogue.  Their events have been described as ‘a seedbed of unexpected conversations’.

The purpose of this event is to kick this ambitious project off, and start the process of exploring avenues for the creation of new stories on the subject. To animate this TippingPoint will be able to support new commissions to a total of £20,000 each; application will be strictly limited to those who have attended the event.

This call is open to artists based in Scotland who feel that they would benefit from and could make a contribution to this event and the thinking behind it. Apart from travel to Oxford the event will be ‘all found’, including accommodation in Exeter College, dinner in Hall, and an entertainment on the Sunday evening, curated by artist Clare Patey, aiming to flesh out some of the ideas we will be exploring.

We believe this is a major opportunity for a wide variety of artists to bring new content and challenges into their work – and to spend an enormously stimulating couple of days. To make an application to be present you simply need to write to us setting out two things:  firstly a summary of your own work, in not more than 200 words, together with links to any relevant web-based material;  secondly an outline of why you would like to attend, in not more than 100 words.  An accompanying CV is also welcome, but not a requirement. Send this to general@ascus.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of August.