Opportunity to tender for Performance/ Interactive Installation - Edinburgh Art Festival 2019

29/05/2018 4:03pm

“Bogs are the liveliest elements in the European landscape, not just from the point of view of flora and fauna, but as storing places of life, mystery and chemical change, preservers of ancient history.” Joseph Beuys

The Flows to the Future Project and RBGE wish to commission a series of performances and/ or interactive installation for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2019, to widen awareness and understanding of the internationally important Flow Country. We are aiming for a programme that is world class; bold; collaborative; environmentally sustainable; valuing creativity, innovation and equality. This work will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners.

The Flow Country is a rolling expanse of peatland in Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland. It is the biggest blanket bog in Europe and the best example of its type in the world. It is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including internationally important bird populations. It is a hugely important carbon store of increasing importance in our fight against climate change. This vast landscape is a magical place, with hidden layers and treasures. http://www.theflowcountry.org.uk/virtual-flows/film-and-video/


We are open to whether the commission is either an outdoor promenade event or an indoor performance within the Botanic Garden. The number of performances has not been set. The performance/ installation should:

Increase awareness and understanding of the Flow Country, in particular its role in climate change mitigation, its importance for biodiversity and special landscape. Challenge ideas about art, ecology, and science. Inspire the audience to become inquisitive about the Flow Country and its role in the global environment.  It should be innovative and original.


We are seeking a partner who has a strong interest in and experience of developing work in response to landscape and the environment, and who demonstrates an innovative and exploratory approach. We are open to artists working in any medium and anticipate that a range of media will be employed, eg words, film, music, audio, theatre, visual art. See full brief for further details.

Fees and expenses: The overall budget for this work is £34k including production and performances.

Application process:

Please download a copy of the full brief and invitation to tender document from here or email beki.pope@rspb.org.uk. Deadline for submission 5pm 28 June 2018. Interviews Edinburgh 17 to 19 July.