Experience Opportunity

Immersive Assembly Vol 3: ‘Truth & Testimony’

We are inviting artists based in the UK to participate in an innovative, collaborative artist development programme. We are seeking 6 early-career digital artists and creators.

Immersive Assembly Vol 3: ‘Truth & Testimony’ is a multi-disciplinary residency focusing on learning, peer critique and developing new ideas and work in and around immersive art & tech.

The residency will take place between May – October 2023 and will support six UK-based artists/studios to collaborate and develop proposals for immersive experiences that invite us to explore the question of what ‘truth’ really means in 2023.

This project is supported by Jerwood Developing Artists Fund, and Mediale’s talent development focus supported by Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation funding.

For information on the previous Volumes of Immersive Assembly, with a particular focus on the core elements – previous participants, contributors, and project proposals/prototypes – please look here.

Immersive Assembly Vol 3 will bring together a cohort of artists, technologists and cultural influencers to learn, share, network and play. It will run in a hybrid format, beginning and ending with site-specific activity consisting of a series of in person, and online, talks, sessions and workshops.

The artists should allocate time for 8 days of creative development – consisting of 4 real-life days and 8 online/development sessions (totalling additional 4 days). Participation in the programme runs from May to October 2023.

The participant fee is £2,000. Accommodation, travel and per diem expenses for visiting in-person sessions will be covered outside of this fee.

Key selection criteria will be:

- The mediums in which artists work (animation, visual arts, performance & game design will be prioritised)

- Experience or desire to work with immersive art & tech

- A history of collaboration or co-production

- Level of experience. We are looking for emerging and mid-career practitioners (with 2-10 years of experience) who are at a critical moment in developing their artistic practice

- Please note that this programme cannot support artists who are in formal education (full-time or part-time), international artists and those working outside the UK

We envision that participants will have a broad selection of skills and experiences across the cohort to experiment and learn from each other collaboratively. If you are a visual artist, animator, performance artist, creative coder, games designer, or digital practitioner – this opportunity is for you!

We would especially welcome applicants who identify as being from an under-represented group in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities, neuro-divergent people, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We aim to select artists who have different perspectives and backgrounds.