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(Extra)ordinary Open call commissions for Eyeview 2019

We invite submissions from individual artists, collaborating artists, producing & cultural organisations for projects to take place during June 2019 in Torbay as part of Eyeview, Torbay’s Great Place Scheme Cultural Programme.

We are seeking artist submissions for work that adds to a multiplicity of lenses to reveal and reimagine Torbay - through proposals that engage with specific locations, their physical, cultural, social and/or historic contexts. These may be interior spaces within heritage sites, unconventional spaces in the built environment, domestic interiors; or engagements with Torbay’s diverse and arresting natural environment, a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Applicants are invited to apply for up to £10,000 inclusive of VAT funding for specific creative proposals related to particular (extra)ordinary indoor or outdoor spaces and places in Torbay. We are looking to support up to four or five creative ideas that reveal new vistas or hidden narratives of special places and spaces in Torbay. We anticipate commissioning a variety of work to create a diverse programme for audiences of all ages. Work will be presented between 7-16th June, as part of the eyeview: (extra)ordinary programme strand.

We encourage you to consider non-traditional spaces and places including spaces not typically considered for arts programming. Torbay has a wealth of (extra)ordinary natural and built spaces – across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, and in-between. Work might for example, might take form within a working space such as the Fish Market, Brixham, a natural space such as Kents Cavern, Torquay or at a private home in Hele.

We are looking for established artists with proposals related to a specific location or area of Torbay. Proposals using any single or combined artform are welcome, including: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, sculpture, installation, light or sonic art, film and digital media.

Eyeview seeks to engage with existing and new audiences in and coming into Torbay, and to reach people who may not normally engage with the arts. Your project will spark curiosity, may be staged indoors or outdoors, and presented either on an intimate scale or for a large audience. We are looking for high quality projects that engage audiences in seeing and experiencing Torbay anew. Your work will surprise and delight and respond to place in a particular way.


  • Proposals should be artist-led. We encourage partnership work so please provide detail of confirmed or expected partners, collaborating artists, producers, co-funders etc.

  • Proposals must respond to place in a clear way. If you have a specific site, location or area in mind please provide as much detail about the location and how your work would be shown in this space including any technical, access, or other production points of detail. The producing team will do their utmost to work with the proposed venue or site, but it may not be possible to secure locations in all instances and we ask that you respect decisions re venues and sites as final and work with us to identify suitable alternatives where applicable.

  • Work must be available for presentation during 7-16 June 2019 (and can extend beyond this, for example, for installations).

  • Proposals should be for an original new piece of work or a bespoke new development of an existing piece.

  • Your work must be delivered on time and budget. Your budget should include provision for installation, production, technical support. We anticipate that a number of commissioned projects will have existing match funding in place. Please provide details of match (confirmed/provisional and in kind support).

  • You will have public liability insurance in place.


Friday 7 June, 2019
Sunday 16 June, 2019
Venue Address

South West, Torbay

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