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First Open commissions announced as call for artists continues

  • Date: 12 July 2013
  • Area: National

Arts Council National portfolio organisation Artangel and BBC Radio 4 have awarded Katrina Palmer and Ben Rivers the first two Open commissions. Open is an on-going opportunity which makes up to £1 million available for site-specific commissions by artists working in any media.

 Katrina Palmer is an artist of exceptional promise and the author of The Dark Object, a series of connected stories about power relations in a fictional art school. Ben Rivers' films and installations dwell on subjects at the margins of society and build poetic narratives that ebb and flow between documentary and fiction. Watch a video about his work below.

The two successful proposals were chosen by a panel from over 1,500 submissions. They have also selected 100 proposals to share online in Open 100, showcasing an extraordinary reservoir of ideas for a huge range of commissions in possible - and impossible - locations.

Open was launched by Artangel and BBC Radio 4 in January 2013, calling for artists working in any media to share proposals for ground-breaking projects in different sites across the UK. With a new deadline set at 28 February 2014, it welcomes proposals from visual artists, filmmakers, writers, composers, theatre makers, choreographers and producers as well as artists working in the digital space.

or more information and to submit a proposal, visit the Artangel website.