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Play Your Part Microresidencies project

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play-your-partPeople’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy and the home of ideas worth fighting for. We are currently working on an exciting Arts Council funded project called Play Your Part.The projectaims to make the museum more relevant to today’s audiences, by responding to current events, linking them to campaigns of the past, with the hope of inspiring activists of the future.

This summer we will transform our Community Gallery into an evolving hub of creativity and experimentation. Work in Progress will be an interactive, experimental gallery, which will allow visitors to see behind the scenes of our Play Your Part project. Visitors will help us test out ideas for our new Welcome Wall, debate topical issues and get creative with a series of exciting workshops. The exhibition will start from nothing and evolve over time as we invite community groups, activists and visitors to experiment, contribute and create. We don’t yet know what will happen, but we’re excited to find out!

Are you an early career artist, designer, musician, writer or other creative practitioner looking for an exciting challenge over the summer? We are looking for three creative practitioners to base their studios in the gallery space in our Microresidencies project. You will have one week to explore our collections, engage with our visitors and create something inspirational.

We are open to creative ideas in any medium (subject to space constraints!). All we ask is that your idea engages with our visitors and includes an element of participation.

Interested? Please submit a 500 word proposal answering the following questions and supporting images to catherine.odonnell@phm.org.uk

  • Who are you? Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice
  • What inspires you about the People’s History Museum?
  • What do you want to do with your Microresidency?
  • How will you engage visitors?
  • Anything else you want to tell us?

In the spirit of democracy we will be asking our visitors to vote on their favourite proposals, so please make sure you make your proposal as clear and engaging as possible.

Entries close: Sunday 18 May, 5.00pm

Shortlist announced: Tuesday 27 May

Public consultation: Wednesday 28 May – Wednesday 11 June

Winners announced: Monday 16 June

Each Microresidency will last for one week. Please indicate all dates you will be available for during the exhibition run of 12 July 2014 – 14 September 2014.

Fee: £600 per residency

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