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As part of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) 2017 conference, we invite proposals to exhibit audiovisual, digital and analogue documentation of PAR projects across theatre and performance disciplines for the TaPRA Gallery hosted by the University of Salford’s Practice as Research Centre of Excellence, at the New Adelphi Studio (30 August – 1 September 2017).

This year, the gallery’s curator Dr. Alison Matthews is particularly interested in proposals for documentation that will activate the user/viewer – whether that be through invigilated instructions or through other clues towards navigating the materials submitted. Proposals might focus specifically on the interrelationship between a project’s methodology and the way in which it is documented. We hope that this will encourage the larger TaPRA community to engage with ideas around the curatorial presentation of PaR, not only for live events such as this one, but for evaluation and legacy purposes.

Submitted proposals should specify the types of materials you are intending to submit and the format in which they might be displayed, connecting this to the nature of the research inquiry and preferred mode of engagement. If you’d like to exhibit printed scores or photos, will these be rummaged through on a table or displayed on a wall? If you’d like to show photo, video or web documentation through projection facilities or monitors, would you like these to be shown durationally or as a one-off screening? Please also specify whether you would be interested in participating in a panel discussion about your work.

Please send a short description of work you propose to exhibit including information indicated above (up to 300 words), 3-5 Jpeg images, and/or any relevant links to work online, along with envisaged technical requirements, as well as a short biography (100 words) by 13 April to the 2017 gallery curator at:

Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2017 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 mid-May.

Works must be delivered either in advance with very clear instructions by August 10, 2017 or the artist-researcher will be asked to arrive on the 29th to set up their materials in collaboration with the curator.

All works must be collected by the end of the day on Friday 1st September (the gallery will close from 12pm on the 1st to allow this to happen).

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