Funding is available to existing and emerging practitioners in Scotland’s creative industries to help them develop new artwork, devices and applications that can challenge the boundaries of new media creativity.
Production Awards of up to £10,000 are available.
Before You Start
The Alt-w Fund offers Production Awards for creative industry practitioners in Scotland to develop new artwork, devices and applications that can challenge the boundaries of new media creativity.
The Fund seeks to encourage experimental and interactive practice, that makes use of technology as both a medium and a platform, and which recognises the changing role of digital culture within society. The Fund is looking for proposals for projects that take full advantage of the unique and ever evolving nature of new media practice to dynamically engage audiences.
The thematic focus of the 2015 Alt-w Fund programme is architecture, to coincide with 2016 being designated Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. New Media Scotland are working with the Travelling Gallery and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland to help deliver the 11th Cycle of the Fund.
Proposals should consist of two elements; a smaller work suitable for exhibition on the Travelling Gallery and a larger companion work suitable for site-specific presentation at a location in Scotland as determined by the applicant. The Travelling Gallery exhibition will tour Scotland from August 2016 after launching at the Edinburgh Art Festival. For one day only during the tour, the Travelling Gallery will visit the location of the larger companion work. Due to their proximity, the two elements of the work must work in response to each other; the nature of this interaction must use smart or responsive technology in a creative fashion.
The awards are intended to be made for fully developed ideas with confirmed partners and locations. These locations must be fully accessible for all visitors and the Travelling Gallery. The provider is looking for proposals for projects that take full advantage of the unique and ever changing nature of new media practice to dynamically engage audiences, and are aiming to reward diversity and the wide range of social, cultural and creative approaches that new media practitioners are currently taking.
Grants cannot be used to cover the following:
- Existing projects that have taken place prior to the commencement of the funding award.
- Personal websites.
- Documentation only.
- Projects by practitioners in full-time undergraduate education.
What You Need To Know
Established or emerging practitioners working in any of the following creative industries are eligible for funding:
- Arts (eg music, literature, dance, drama, visual arts, food).
- Design (eg graphic, 3D, architecture, fashion).
Collaborative applications are welcomed, as long as the lead practitioner is resident in Scotland for the duration of the award.
Match funding is not a requirement, however if projects/applications require additional funding then this must be specified in the budget submitted.
For the purpose of this cycle, projects could include individual artworks, installations, constructions, performances, screenings or events. Projects must be for specific physical sites in the public domain in Scotland where the thematic of architecture can be celebrated.
How To Apply
The deadline for applications under Cycle 11 of the Alt-w Fund Production Awards was 1 September 2015 (12pm). Details of any further rounds will be reported should they become available.
Link to guidelines:
An application form is available online.
Applicants should also submit supporting material, comprising a three-page project description, a budget, CV (maximum two pages), visual documentation, and a monitoring form (optional).