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Future Libraries commissioning opportunity

A commissioning opportunity for creative technologists and early career writers as part of the Festival of Libraries, in partnership with The Writing Squad.

We are thrilled to be partnering up with The Writing Squad and Festival of Libraries for this exciting Future Libraries commission that will pair early career writers and creative technologists to create immersive, digitally delivered narratives about libraries of the future (installations in three libraries and online).

We are inviting creative technologists/artists working with digital technologies based in North England, and northern-based writers from The Writing Squad to respond to this brief for a collaborative commission challenging perceptions about what libraries are now.

What is the Festival of Libraries?

The Festival of Libraries will be a five-day celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries taking place between 9 and 13 June 2021. This new, multi-venue festival will feature a vibrant programme of digital art commissions, artist residencies, dance, performance, panel talks and walking tours.

The inaugural Libraries Festival has four main aims:

  • Celebrate people: the librarians who run the spaces, the users who make use of the services and the extraordinary stories that emerge from the everyday use of libraries.
  • Reposition the public perception of independent and public libraries, as well as specialist libraries (medical, heritage, etc)
  • Engage with those with low levels of cultural engagement, lapsed library users and cultural tourists.
  • Grow into an annual celebration and to become a major festival of local engagement and international profile.

Library partners include: Archives+, Central Library, Chetham’s Library, John Rylands Library, Manchester Poetry Library, NHS Libraries, The Portico, Working Class Movement Library, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester libraries (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan).

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to creative technologists and artists working with digital technologies based in North England.

Writers who wish to apply must also be based in the North, be a member of The Writing Squad and can apply for this opportunity directly through the Writing Squad.

How to apply

For the full brief please see the Key Documents below.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 7th April.

Please send an expression of interest for this brief including:

  • a brief description of your current practice, the reasons for your interest in this project and how you would like to work in a partnership
  • Examples of work relevant to the brief or ideas/examples that inspire you thinking about this project
  • a CV

Key Documents