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Commissions for interdisciplinary collaborations between creative practitioners.

Metanast and the School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford are inviting local practitioners of different creative disciplines to collaborate and present new experimental works at A Grand Exposition. Part of the Manchester Science Festival, the event is a four-day celebration of the merging of art, science, and technology evident among the North West’s creative talent.

The Symbiotic Synergies commissions is an initiative aiming to promote unity and cooperation among individuals of different backgrounds, informed by the phenomenon of symbiosis, the close relationships between organisms of different species. We invite local artists, performers, writers, makers, and creative technologists in creating new interdisciplinary works through up to five collaborative teams, and present them at A Grand Exposition on Sunday 29th October.

We welcome expressions of interest by both individuals wishing to work with new partners, as well as existing collaborative groups producing works that involve more than one discipline. As part of the commission, each team will be provided with a collaborative framework based on symbiosis, and asked to document and present their interpretation of the framework and how they approached working with practitioners of diverse specialties.

In supporting each collaborative team, commissioned artists will be provided with technical support for realizing their work, rehearsal and workshop spaces at the University of Salford, professional audiovisual documentation of their work, and press releases and promotion through A Grand Exposition. Further to the in-kind support, each team will be provided with a modest £100 bursary towards covering their expenses.

Expressions of interest can be submitted through the Symbiotic Synergies online form by Sunday 17 September.