ICA Online Fellowship: Call for Applications

Beyond the devastation wrought on our health and economies, and especially on artists, COVID-19 has resulted in some innovative re-imaginings of how art may be shared within highly restricted atmospheres. 

Artists have generated ideas from the whimsical to those of sobering gravitas. In an attempt to reach beyond varying states of lockdown and anxiety, artists have held audiences and the creation of art amidst one of the largest crises of our time. Some of these attempts have been successful, others less so, but the best of these point to crisis as a space for the beginnings of new forms and new ways of seeing and experiencing art. 

Within this context, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) invites applications for an Online Fellowship Programme designed to help artists develop and realise their interdisciplinary artistic work online. 

About the Online Fellowship Programme:

The Programme invites artists to re-imagine an existing work, or to create a new work, as an online experience. The work – a live art or interdisciplinary work using music, theatre, dance or fine art – may already be in existence and may have been seen before. So the artist will have a pre-existing concept and possibly some accompanying textual, sonic and visual material. Using this as a basis, applicants are invited to imagine ways in which this may be experienced online. Twenty Fellows will be selected based on, in the first instance, the innovation and quality of the work, and secondly the quality of the proposal with regards its online rendering.

Selected Fellows will collaborate with an interaction designer (appointed by the ICA) to develop a plan and a rendering for the online showing of the work. Based on the specific requirements of each work, and the possibilities for online presentation, the works of ten fellows will go on to be produced online, while the other ten fellows will engage in a public discussion about their work.  

How to apply:

Go to the Application for ICA Online Fellowship Programme 2020 webform on our website, where you will be required to submit your contact details and concept for the online work. The deadline for applications is 4pm Monday 6th July2020
Note that the ICA will not accept applications via email.

Further details:

  • Fee: All 20 selected Fellows will receive R15 000 towards their work
  • Eligibility: While all applications will be considered on merit, priority will be given to artists from the African continent who are currently not employed full time. 
  • Closing date for applications has been extended to 4pm Monday 6th July 2020.
  • Announcement of results: Successful applicants will be informed within 6 weeks of the closing date
  • Queries: ica@uct.ac.za
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