On The Verge is back in October 2015 after a successful inaugural first outing in 2013. An exciting and dynamic festival showcasing provocative new work by emerging artists in unusual places and spaces, On The Verge will take place across the city of Liverpool from 21st - 25th October 2015.
We are now calling out for proposals of performance work for inclusion in the festival. We want to hear from emerging artists/companies with fresh ideas who can challenge themselves and their artforms in new ways to create something unforgettable for the audience.
The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday 9th April 2015 at 5pm.
The selected artists/companies will have access to a bespoke package of developmental support from Hope Street Ltd before, during and after the festival to aid the realisation of their work. This may take the form of creative production support, help with sourcing/applying for funding, marketing and future planning.
On The Verge is presented by Hope Street Ltd, an organisation with over 25 years’ experience of developing emerging artists in Liverpool, as well as nationally and internationally. They have been instrumental in developing the physical theatre and street theatre scene in Liverpool as well as developing festivals that remain regular fixtures in the city. Over the years, their renowned Emerging Artists Programme has produced a number of award-winning companies.
We are now eager to hear proposals for pieces that may take place anywhere that isn’t already somewhere people go to see performance. This could be a phone box, a park, a shop window, a skip, a warehouse - or any other unconventional places or spaces. It is up to the artist to specify the location or type of place where the work would be performed. The On The Verge producers will work with successful applicants as required to secure the desired space to site the work.
We are looking for the most exciting, edgy and innovative work by the next generation of performance makers and creators.
NB This online application form requires you to input all your information in one go. Please be aware that you will not be able to save your application and go back to it later.
Proposals can be:
For any live performance work (drama, dance, live art, etc)
Cross art form pieces (work that incorporates drama, music, visual arts, media etc)
From artists wishing to experiment in a new form
Proposals should be:
From artists/companies at the onset of their careers
For work that takes place outside a traditional performance venue and/or uses a space in a new and innovative way
For new or developing pieces
This callout is not for established pieces of work already shown elsewhere, unless there are notable changes to the piece.
Performances must be:
Available for dates between 21st – 25th October 2015 in Liverpool (exact dates will be confirmed with successful applicants)
Accessible to all members of the public; when developing your concept, please bear this in mind as a requirement of any proposed site
Complete the online form by Thursday 9th April 2015 at 5pm. The form includes an option to upload video, images or reviews of previous work and we strongly encourage you to do this to support your application.
Artists/companies should be available for interview by/to pitch their idea to the selection panel on Thursday 16th April.
When selecting work for inclusion in On The Verge 2015, the panel will make their decisions based on the following:
The quality of the artistic proposal
Evidence of previous work/s
Logistical and practical considerations of realising the piece
Priority in the first instance will be given to Merseyside and North West-based artists
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a brief interview/pitch on 16th April 2015
Additionally, Hope Street Ltd is working in partnership with Conflux and Threshold Festival and anticipates selecting an artist/company from each partnership for participation in On The Verge Festival.
Successful applicants will receive expenses towards local travel in the Liverpool City Council boundaries during the festival and food/refreshments for the duration of their participation in On The Verge Festival in October. A small contribution may also be made towards the costs of realising the work.
Hope Street Limited is the founding member of COoL - Creative Organisations of Liverpool.
Hope Street Limited is a company limited by guarantee: 2274170 (England) and a registered charity: 327870
Hope Street Limited would very much like to thank Business in the Arts:North West through whose Better Board Bank programme Martin Bocking of Lovelock Mitchell Architects, Zik Omope of Ziko Associates, Andrew Taylor of The TPS Group and Mark Leech of Bruntwood have joined the board.