Liberate Tate: Alternative Tate Audio Tour

Art/activist group Liberate Tate, has put out a call out for a sound artist to work with them on an Alternative Tate Audio Tour in response to BP sponsorship. It’s a paid commission, and the deadline for people to send their ideas in is 11th of April.

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Liberate Tate: Alternative Tate Audio Tour

Invitation to collaborate on a sound artwork in response to BP’s sponsorship of Tate.

This is a call for proposals for a sound artwork to act as an alternative audio tour/guide for the Tate. We want to install a new acoustic territory inside the Tate, to create a sound artwork that can occupy the Tate space yet exist within a much broader conceptual landscape.

The final artwork will be available online for visitors to download onto MP3 players in advance of their visit to the Tate. ‘Alternative Tate’ will be exhibited in late June 2011. The deadline for submissions is April 11th 2011.

We welcome expressions of interest from artists working with sound: from Turner Prize winners, to guerilla mash-up DJs, from people writing radio plays, to sound engineers, from field recording specialists to musicians. Although we are framing this as an audio tour, we do not want to restrict the structure of the artwork to a linear, guided narrative – artists are free to interpret the frame of the tour as they see fit.

Liberate Tate has a history of challenging the corporate presence of large oil companies inside cultural institutions, a presence that we feel compromises culture and expression. The alternative audio tour will be part of a broader endeavor to stimulate debate around the relationship between art, oil and climate change.

The artwork could come into contact with issues and themes of control, democracy, censorship, Freedom of Information, voice, corporate power, ecological disasters, creative freedom or the role of museums and galleries in creating and historically capturing culture.

We can offer a fee of £1000 and a budget of £1000 to the sound artist/collectives selected, but no production facilities.

In your proposal please include:

* a sample of your previous work
* a written proposal of your ideas for this piece (approx. 500 words)


* April 11th – Proposal deadline
* April w/c 18th – Face to face meetings with those shortlisted
* April/May – Research, development and production
* Late June – Launch

Please email your digital proposals to (and write “Audio Submission” in the subject line) or if you wish to send cd’s or any physical material please post to:

Licence To Spill
7 Horselydown Lane
London, SE1 2LN

Liberate Tate

Liberate Tate is a network dedicated to taking creative disobedience against Tate until it drops its oil company funding.

This project is supported by Artists’ Project Earth (A.P.E.) and PLATFORM’s Licence To Spill IndieGoGo crowd funding.

Art Not Oil
Since 2004, Art Not Oil has aimed to encourage artists to create work that explores the damage that oil companies are doing to the planet, and the role art can play in counteracting that damage.

Photo by Immo Klink

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