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TaPRA 2018, Aberystwyth, TaPRA Gallery: Call for Proposals

Deadline: Monday 30 April 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: TaPRA Gallery

5th-7th of September 2018 Aberystwyth University. As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 2018 conference, we invite proposals to exhibit documentation of PAR projects across theatre and performance disciplines for the TaPRA Gallery hosted by Aberystwyth University at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies). This year, the curators are creating a PAR ‘produce tent’ modelled on agricultural show conventions. The space of the exhibition will include trestle tables set out with produce sections such as: Preserves, handicrafts, baking, flower arrangements, fruit and vegetable exhibits, photography and handicrafts. A best-in-show rosette will be awarded to the most innovative and interesting exhibit!   With this in mind, the space for each item of documentation needs to adhere to the size of, or fit into the category of one of the following  (If exhibitors have a receptacle of their own that fits the categories below, then they are welcome to propose the use of it as part of the proposal).  
  • A jam jar (13 available) with the following dimensions: 3.2 inches height, diameter 2.8 inches
  • A kilner jar (7 available): with the following dimensions: 3.2 inch diameter, 6 inch height.
  • A cake stand with the following dimensions:
Cake stand 1: 12 inch diameter glass plate with pedestal base. Cake stand 2: 8 inch diameter ceramic plate with pedestal base. Cake stand 3: 12 inch lower plate, 8 inch middle plate, 6 inch top plate.
  • Wicker basket for vegetable display:
Basket 1: 10 inch length, 8 inch width (7 inch width at base), 4 inch depth. Basket 2: 10 inch length, 9 inch (7 inch at base), 5 inch depth. Basket 3: 14 inch length, 13 inch width, 3 inch depth. Basket 4: 14 inch length (12.5 inch at base due to tapered sides), 8 inch width, 5 inch depth. Basket 5: 17 inch length, 10 inch width, 4 inch depth (tapered ends so shallower at either end)
  • A two-pound loaf tin: 8 inch length, 4 inch width, 3 inch depth.
  • An object that could fit the category of handicrafts (textile, wood, metal, canvas, painting, drawing, pottery)
  • Decorate the wooden spoon competition: 8 inch total length of spoon, 2.3 inch width of spoon bowl, 3.5 inch length of spoon bowl.
  • A photograph or a series of photographs.
  • A vase with the following dimensions:
Vase 1: 4 inch diameter, height 7.5 inch. Vase 2: 7.5 diameter at the top, 3 inch diameter where the hollow area starts, 6 inch total height, 4.5 inch height of the space for water. Vase 3: 3.5 inch x 3.7 inch width, 8 inch height. Vase 4:  3.5 inch x 2.8 inch width, 8 inch height. Vase 5:  2.7 inch diameter, 6.8 inch length. Vase 6: 3.5 inch diameter at base, 2.2 inch diameter at opening, 6 inch height. Vase 7: 14.5 inch length , 2.5 inch width, 7.5 inch height.
  • Flower arrangement in a tea-cup (7 available): 3.2 inch diameter, 2.2 inch height, 5.5 inch diameter saucer.
  • 4 small objects or items that can be displayed in a bowl of sand (standing in for onions) (13 available): Bowls are 6.5 inch diameter with a 1.5 inch rim.
  • single object, or a series of small-scale items that could be placed in an empty half-dozen egg box.
      The description or contextualisation of your documentation that will be displayed alongside your items must be 100 words maximum in length. Your contextualisation should make a clear connection between the nature of the research enquiry and the items submitted. We are particularly interested in the materiality of PaR projects and their documentation, and of thinking about them as possessing tactile and aesthetic qualities that outlive the original projects. Proposals should specify the types of materials you are intending to submit and the measurement (or in the case of audio/visual material, the length and format and whether you want the item available continuously or as a one off screening) of the items proposed. You can have a collection of items (for example, a collection of five Jam jars) rather than a singular item if that seems appropriate to your proposal. Proposals should also suggest which section of the produce tent that their documentation best fits. Please also specify whether you would be interested in participating in a panel discussion about your work. Please send a proposal that describes the work (up to 300 words), including between 3-5 JPEG images or links to work online and a biography of up to 100 words.  Please include the information detailed in the call out above so that the nature of the submission is clear and send to the gallery curator by April 30th 2018 :  fhj2@aber.ac.uk Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2018 Conference. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Papers. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the conference; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the conference venue. Successful proposal applicants will be notified by the start of June. Works must be delivered either in advance with very clear instructions by August 10, 2018 or the artist-researcher will be asked to arrive on the 4th of September to set up their materials in collaboration with the curators. All works must be collected by the end of the day on ( 7th of September) (the gallery will close from 12pm on the 7th to allow this to happen).

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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