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On-site/Off-site project: brief and call for response

21 March 2023

Newcastle University is inviting digital design companies and freelance creatives to apply for a short-term contract (circa 6 months) with the University working with us on the delivery of our Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project On Site/Off Site.

Developed in partnership with National Trust, The Bewick Society and Arts&Heritage, the aim of this project is to demonstrate the potential for small heritage properties interested in commissioning contemporary art to use digital spaces and content to engage audiences in new ways. It explores how digital approaches might increase audience access to the artworks produced, particularly for those who cannot experience it on site.

The focus of this contract is to re-present a previously commissioned physical art installation created by artist Mark Fairnington in a digital format (further details on the artwork below) using readily accessible digital platforms and tools. The original installation – Walking, Looking and Telling Tales – was created for and presented in 2018 at National Trust Cherryburn (Mickley, Northumberland), the historic home of Thomas Bewick. The emphasis here is on working with the project team and the artist to re-present their work in a way that conveys some of the essence and aesthetic of the original installation for digital consumption and engagement.

The digital design work must be completed by the end of September 2023, ready for public presentation in October. The total budget (including all expenses, design, and production costs) for the digital re-presentation of the artwork is £6,000 plus VAT.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 28 April 2023.

For further details about the Project Brief and to apply please see the On-site_Off-site_Digital design brief


[Image: Thomas Bewick birthplace cottage at National Trust Cherryburn courtesy of The Bewick Society]