We’re delighted to announce that York Mediale, UNESCO Creative Cities of Media Arts and the British Council’s Creative Economy team are launching a call for proposals by female digital artists, with installations and projects that they would like to be presented in York, 27 September to 6 October 2018.

26 June 2018
26 June 2018

Proposals of artworks by a female, non-binary, or femme-identifying artist / collective, which can be categorised broadly as ‘media art’ in its form, and deals with social and / or political concerns relevant to their own context.

A number of in depth interviews with Maya Angelou drawn from the ‘Studs Terkel’ archive, will form part of the curatorial framing of the exhibition. Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) was an acclaimed American poet, storyteller, autobiographer and civil rights activist.

The exhibition title, “Still We Rise”, is inspired by Maya Angelou’s 1978 poem “Still I Rise”. The poem urged the importance of reigniting self-worth in order to fight against oppressions. Today inequalities remain rife and even permeate the technologies that pervade our lives – from a holocaust denying twitter bot, to the gendered labour of artificial intelligence. In this context, “Still We Rise” will examine the systems which perpetuate inequalities from the perspective and locale of an international group of women, non-binary, femme-identifying people.

“Still We Rise” will ask what systems – visible and hidden – do we need to rise up against or beyond today? What is invisible or absent and needs to be seen or heard? And by whom?

How to apply

Please send the following to stillwerise@yorkmediale.com

  • Written proposal (1500 words max) outlining the idea / installation, what sort of venue is required and the thematic focus of the work
  • Links to, or a summary of, artist portfolio
  • Outline budget and production timeline

Deadline: 17:00 BST, Friday 20 July