ART, FOOD AND FARMING: Call for artist in residence at ORFC 2018

Closing date: 7 November

Calling to all artists/musicians/poets/dancers interested in food, farming and the environment.

John Berger, the great art critic and writer allegedly said “The strange power of art is sometimes it can show that what people have in common is more urgent than what differentiates them”. I believe art, in its broadest sense, can be an extremely powerful tool for conveying and sharing ideas and complexities that sometimes words cannot.

For ORFC 2018, the ORFC 218 team and I would like to invite an artist to be in residence over the conference period (4-5 January 2017). By ‘artist’ ,this can be anything from musician, poet, dancer, snake charmer (although not advised)… you name it. The successful applicant(s) will know by 07 November so you may wish to start your piece(s) in the lead up to the conference I.e. interview some farmers, the ORFC team members etc or just create something over the 2 days, to be presented at the closing plenary.

I am cautious to be too prescriptive about what we are looking for (as this is a piece of art, and not a policy document!) but we do ask that the central focus of the piece revolves around farming, food or broadly the environment.

Please send your application to me at: nessie@orfc.org.uk (Nessie Reid) by 7 November.

Your application can be anything you wish it to be – from a covering letter, to a video, to a phone call, to a dance (whatever your style). It just needs to clearly convey your idea/vision.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer an official salary (although I wish we could) but we can offer a nominal fee of £200 to cover travel and expenses.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Nessie

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