Fostering creative and artistic excellence in the youth of Northern Rivers
Byron Writers Festival invites young people aged 14-22 years to participate in our Anzac project. The project involves the commissioning of six creative projects from young people aged 14-22 years.
The aim of the project is to engage young people in the Northern Rivers with the memory of war and the ANZAC legacy.
This project is supported by a grant from the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and the venue provided by Southern Cross University.
Opportunity: Youth Art Commission
Commissioning of six creative projects from young people, aged 14-22 years, that respond to the title; Northern Rivers’ Memory of War: Stories of then, told by people of now.
Project submissions can be in any medium (e.g. essay, story, podcast, video, work of art, photographs, digital medium, animation, song writing, sculpture, performance art) that illustrate and respond to the title.
A presentation by Mark Dapin was given on Thursday 8 March that offered more information. If you were unable to attend the presentation, a write-up of this event can be found online here.
Six successful applicants will each receive $1000, mentor assistance and an invitation to appear at the Byron Writers Festival in 2018 to present their work and discuss their creative journey.
Submissions close 25 April 2018.
Information and Submission Guidelines
Initially just your contact details, 200-word statement about the creative project you would like to submit and how it relates to the title: Northern Rivers’ Memory of War: Stories of then, told by people of now and samples of any of your previous work (even if it is not in the same format as your proposed project).
Submissions open 7 February 2018 and close 11.55pm 25 April 2018.
Entry is free.
Applicants must be aged 14-22 years
The selected projects will be announced on Monday, 7 May. The selected artists will be contacted. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.
$1000, paid in three separate instalments i) $200 at selection ii) $400 at draft submission, 25 June 2018 iii) $400 at completion due date 23 July 2018.
Mentor assistance to work with you as you create the art. The mentor support is limited to a maximum of 4 paid hours and may be by email, skype or meeting depending on the mentor’s availability. When a project is selected, Byron Writers Festival will work with you/your group to discuss an appropriate Byron Writers Festival approved mentor to work with you.
Appearance at a session at the 2018 Byron Writers Festival to present and discuss your artwork. If part of a group submission, then one member will be nominated as the representative and appears on stage.
The selected projects will appear on the Byron Writers Festival website and magazine, northerly.
Receive a single day pass to attend the appearance at the Byron Writers Festival.
For this opportunity, applicants must be from the Northern Rivers region as the grant funding relates specifically to youths from the Northern Rivers region (Taree to Tweed Heads and west to Kyogle).
What format can I use for my project?
Just about any form of artwork. Samples listed below. If you would like to use a specific format and are unsure if it would be accepted, please contact [email protected] to confirm prior to preparing your submission.
Examples of approved forms: essay, story, podcast, poetry, video, photographs, digital medium, animation, performance art (you will have to arrange video recording of the performance), artwork (drawing, painting, digital), sculpture, spoken word, interactive art.
Does my submission still belong to me?
Yes, the projects are owned by the creator, who gives Byron Writers Festival and the Commonwealth of Australia (as the funding grantor) a non-exclusive, worldwide licence to use the material in perpetuity.
Can I apply for more than one project?
Yes, but only one submission would be eligible to be selected for one of the six selected places. Each application must be made as a separate application.
Can I apply in a group?
Yes, group projects are accepted with a maximum of three per group. If a group project is selected then the $1000 prize is shared equally between the group members and only one group member represents the group at the Byron Writers Festival.
How involved / what length should my project be?
Essays and stories should be maximum 1500 words. Other projects should aim to be of an equivalent work effort to developing and writing a 1500-word essay. Projects that aren’t text based would need a 200-word artist statement that can be provided as audio or video file.
What is an artist statement?
This is a 200-word statement explaining how you developed your idea and how you created it. You will also have to show how it relates to the title: Northern Rivers’ Memory of War: Stories of then, told by people of now. Can be written or provided as an audio or video file.
What’s the small print?
If selected you will be required to sign a contract outlining all the terms and conditions and agree to have project ready by the dates required.
The judges’ decision of the selected projects is final and correspondence will not be entered into.
Prize funds are not paid at the draft stage or final presentation stage if the project does not meet the deadlines.
Projects are owned by the creator, who gives Byron Writers Festival and the Commonwealth of Australia (as the funding grantor) a non-exclusive, worldwide licence to use the material in perpetuity.
All project submissions must be the original idea and work of the applicant.
The applicant(s) are responsible for the content of their submitted projects and the Byron Writers festival accepts no liability for any claims, losses, actions or offences (including but not limited to breaches of copyright or plagiarism).
The applicant(s) must be from the Northern Rivers region as the grant funding relates specifically to youths from the Northern Rivers region.
If a project is selected, the applicant must be available to present their work and discuss it at the Byron Writers Festival (3-5 August 2018). Appearance at the Byron Writers Festival is unpaid.
No travel or accommodation costs are covered to attend the Byron Writers Festival.
The applicant(s) are responsible for all material costs for their project.
The applicant(s) are responsible for any transport costs for their projects to be delivered to, and removed from the Byron Writers Festival.