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Borderlands of Practice as Research – TaPRA Gallery Exhibition 4th-6th September 2019, University of Exeter

Deadline: Friday 31 May 2019


As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference 2019, we welcome proposals to exhibit artworks and/or documentation arising from Practice as Research (PAR) projects in and across theatre and performance disciplines.


Selected audiovisual, digital, material or analogue works will be exhibited in a TaPRA Gallery hosted by the University of Exeter, 4th-6th September 2019. The exhibition will be curated by PhD researchers in the Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) research group at the University of Plymouth.  

The curation team invites responses to the theme of Borderlands, especially as it might relate to the body and subjectivity in PaR. These responses may address (but are not limited to) that which is: 

·       In flight or in motion

·       Overlapping

·       Interdisciplinary 

·       Porous

·       Usurping or usurped  

·       Between human and non-human

·       Fragile or disintegrating

·       Subject to or the result of negotiation

·       Intersubjective or intercorporeal


Please note that you may submit a proposal if you have already been accepted to present a paper by a TaPRA Working Group; however, priority will be given (if necessary) to those who are not already presenting at the TaPRA conference.


Exhibitors must register for and be TaPRA members at the time of the conference (for co-produced or collaborative work, at least one named researcher must register and attend the conference).


You may only submit one proposal in response to this call for participation in this exhibition.


Please send the following via email, with the subject line ‘TaPRA Gallery Exhibition 2019’, by 5pm on 31st May 2019, to james.harper@plymouth.ac.uk  (in a PDF/Doc or similar): 

1.      300 words (max) describing the work being submitted, to be used for selection and for any documentation associate with the exhibition.  

2.      150 word (max) bio and a link to an online profile.  

3.      At least 3 images/stills of work being submitted, including one for use in supporting the exhibition. Please title images with your name and title of work (e.g. ‘Paige_RemoteViewing.jpg’) 

4.      Dimensions/requirements of work. Please bear in mind that resources (monitors, projectors etc.) at this point cannot be guaranteed.  

5.      If submitting video: an online link to work (Vimeo or similar), including a download link. Submitted videos must be no longer than 10mins.  

6.      A sentence noting whether you would like to ‘activate’, present, introduce or informally discuss this work as part of a TaPRA Gallery panel during the conference.


The work will need to be ready to be installed. Technical requirements need to be kept to a minimum. Large installation forms might not be able to be accommodated. We will do our best to accommodate more ambitious proposals/works submitted. 

Works must be delivered either in advance with very clear instructions by Tuesday 20th August 2019 or else the artist-researcher will be asked to arrive on Tuesday 3rd September to set up their materials in collaboration with one of the curation team. All works must be collected by 5.30 pm on Friday 6th September.  


If you have any questions about this call, please email james.harper@plymouth.ac.uk or contact@tapra.org


Notification of acceptance will be on Monday 10 June 2019. 

Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for a TaPRA event. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Participation. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the event venue.

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