The pandemic has limited travel and touring. The climate crisis is accelerating. Internationalism has never been more important. In the face of xenophobia and populism on the one hand, and the power of global movements on the other, Concept-Touring supports new worldwide solidarity and ways of working together.
LIFT is creating an online residency and commissioning project for artists to develop Concept-Touring, installation and performance projects. They are supporting projects where the idea, process, work, travel but the artist does not. They want to gather a group of artists to develop or adapt ideas and explore new ways to work, tour, exhibit and collaborate internationally. In the immediate, these formats will draw everyone together despite the raging pandemic, and in the long term, they’ll set a standard for touring and international collaboration which is ecologically sustainable and forges new ties between global and local artists, participants and audiences.
This project is part of a larger Artist Advancement series at LIFT, a group of interventions and initiatives that strengthen ties between UK and international artists. On this project LIFT is looking to have a mix of artists based in the UK and abroad, likely 50/50.
You can find more information here. The deadline for submissions is on March 15th 2021.
LIFT actively encourages submissions from those with less visibility in the arts. They specifically welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQI+, those with low-income backgrounds and those from Black, Asian, ethnically diverse, Indigenous and migrant identities.
LIFT is London’s international biennial festival of theatre and it stands for radical empowerment and inclusion. It promotes the power and urgency of international perspectives, understanding that difference makes us stronger. LIFT is where artists and audiences meet for necessary conversations and essential cultural experiences.