Park in progress is a European mobility programme (supported by the European Commission -culture programme) which brings together young artists and young creative professionals involved in the various stages of production of an artistic work around a commonproject that seeks transdisciplinarity, A Rich creative experience with artistic creation as means of exchanges and encounters.
It is supported by 6 cosignatories on a 3-year period (1st May 2010 – 31st December 2013) : the Arts Council England East-Midland(Nottingham, United-Kingdom), Transcultures (Mons, Belgium), Luxembourgeoise d’Action Culturelle (Luxembourg), ARTos Foundation (Cyprus) and the Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes (Saint-Cloud, France).
Park In Progress moves around 6 differentplaces in 6 different countries. At every very stop of this itinerary, the artists and young professionals from the creative world take hold of a park or a Green urban zone to create a site specific artistic itinerary , « PARKINPROGRESS », nourished by differentartistic propositions to share with the public. This creation nourishes itself from new proposals established on the encounter with artists and professionals from the hosting country, at every stage of the project.
OPEN CALL PARK IN PROGRESS N°7
• Start of the residency period : August 28, 2013
• End of the residency period : September 5, 2013
• Place of the residence : Mons – Belgium
• Public presentation to the Nuit Européenne de la Jeune Création (European night of the young création) : September 6, 2013 in Jardin du Beffroy (garden of the belfry – in the evening).
In the framework of the European Park in progress and the next edition of the international festival of sound art City Sonic, proposed in September 2013 Mons, Transcultures, Centre of digital and sound arts, launches a call for projects/residences for the realizationof small forms/formats (performances, installations, concerts…) inter or multidisciplinary with a sound dimension.
• The proposal may come from individual European artist or a group of European artists inter/multidisciplinary projects must include sound.
• Particular attention will be given to young artists/cultural professionals and projects With a poetic dimension or innovative approach in the exploration of new forms of expression.
• The proposal may be an artistic adaptation or a new version of an existing work, but can’t be a simple distribution of an earlier project.
• The site specific participation must be thought and feasable for the specific site of the Jardin du Beffroy in Mons, the work must be thought for the outdoor and should be technically light, easily shown and removable
• The presentation of the project can be a « work in progress » and collaborative approaches with other artists/cultural professionals selected will be encouraged
• The final public presentation in the Jardin du Beffroy should not exceed 12 minutes (they will be included in walking tour)
• Each residency will not exceed 8 days before the final public presentation in Mons.
Nottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle. The Castle has a turbulent past, linked to kings and conquerors and still has a maze of original caves hidden beneath its imposing walls.
A NATURAL GROUND
A stunning Ducal Palace stands proudly on the site where a medieval castle once stood. Whilst it may not be a traditional castle, this fabulous building is still every bit as precious.
The Castle is situated in six acres of beautiful Victorian inspired gardens. The serene seating area surrounding the Castle bandstand is the ideal spot for quiet relaxation or to read a book.
The museum holds collections that portray the importance of Nottingham, as a city built upon industry, and reflect the wide diversity of these industries.
THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY IN NOTTINGHAM
Artists led activity is in abundance in Nottingham with a plethora of studio groups, performance and live art companies, Dance and theatre companies which compliment the 2 universities which provide a range of courses in the visual art field from Fine Art Practice to History of Art.
Nottingham is at the moment the first town in UK in terms of population increase, but also the youngest one. Innovative and ambitious, this city is becoming a reference in communication technology in UK.
Nottingham is undergoing a cultural renaissance, with the advent of two bespoke contemporary art centres and a plethora of artist led activity.
We wish to organise PARKINPROGRESS Hungary in connection with the Arcus Temporum Festival, an international art festival launched by The Benedictine Monastery of Pannonhalma. The location and context of the project is quite unique due to the fact that the monastery is one of the most ancient cultural centres in Hungary, also part of the World Heritage Programme. It is a historic and highly spiritual place that at the same time gives home to one of the leading secondary schools in the country and therefore plays a significant role in the education of young people. By launching Arcus Temporum Festival(www.arcustemporum.hu) which is an event focusing on contemporary arts including diverse artistic disciplines (music, film, visual and performing arts), the monastery has taken an absolutely unorthodox initiative to promote singular openness to its students, as well as the local community.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The festival is a relatively recent event that has been going on for only 6 years, but with growing success, it has successfully developed a pool of regular visitors and is also attracting newcomers each year. Its programme is international, including renowned artists from all fields, but also presenting emerging artists, primarily from the Hungarian cultural scene.
PRINCIPES & CRITERIA OF THE ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING
Communication, making connections and collaborating have been the basic principles of Arcus Temporum from the very beginning and we believe that these can be accentuated by linking Parkinprogress project to the festival. An important criteria – besides that of high artistic standards – is that the artists and their work should communicate with the wider spiritual context of Pannonhalma. This is quite freely interpreted by the monastery, resulting in the fact that Moving House Foundation in charge of curating Arcus Temporum’s performing arts programme, has successfully presented a series of experimental work, such as that of Cindy Van Acker (Compagnie Greffe) and Christian Rizzo (Association Fragile).