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The Playable City

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If playable citycreative technology is your “thing”, the recently launched Playable City initiative ought to be of interest. Watershed, the Bristol based cross-artform venue and producer are producing this innovative project in conjunction with a network of other local organisations who all have a shared and collaborative interest in the creative technology sector.

The competition is calling on artists and creatives to produce an artwork which uses creative technology to explore the theme of the playable city.
In essence, according to the organisers, “A Playable City is an open city. It is a city that enables its’ residents and visitors to reconfigure and rewrite its’ services, places and stories. It is a place where there is permission to be playful in public.”

In terms of applicants, artists from all across the globe can enter the competition and can come from any creative background. All work that is submitted however must make use of creative technology as this is a core requirement of the initiative.

If you’re interested in getting involved, applications will be accepted until 5th December 2012. A selection and assessment process will then follow and it is expected that the winning piece will be installed during July - August 2013 in Bristol and is likely to remain there for at least two months. It will then be taken “on tour” internationally.

If you do happen to be the winning creative, there is a pretty impressive prize on offer. The award is valued at £30,000 which will include the artist’s fee and expenses; deskspace and access to facilities in the Watershed, a national PR campaign and a high profile public showcase event to launch the completed work. Apart from all that there are of course numerous ancillary benefits, including extensive networking and collaboration opportunities which it will open to the winner.

So there you have it! All you artists. designers, and creatives out there - time to get thinking and start applying! Check out the Watershed site for more details.

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Published on: 5th November 2012

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