DIY Twin Town

By June 7, 2018 August 11th, 2021 News

Applications are open for Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti’s DIY 15 project, DIY Twin Town. Part of Live Art Development Agency’s brilliant programme of unusual professional development opportunities by artists, for artists, DIY Twin Town is a weekender for regional artists from across the UK and beyond, to connect, celebrate and create a Live Art Twinning Ceremony!

6pm Friday 3 – 6pm Sunday 5 Aug 2018
Penryn, Cornwall

DIY Twin Town is a gathering specifically for regionally based artists to explore the notion of exchange and collaboration embedded in the ethos of Town Twinning. Sharing models for regional working outside of the large cities, we will look at ways in which the local can provide a portal to national and international contexts.

“How can the town you live in resource and challenge your arts practice?”

Whilst Devoran Arts concept that “the town is the venue” frames their work in Huntly, in Penryn we have come to live the idea that “the town is the studio”. Local pubs, markets, shops and streets have become the places in which our work is developed and tested. This ongoing conversation can be both exposing and stimulating and has led to a rich network of practices, ideas, networks, connections, supporters and resources, many of which lie outside of what might be recognised as arts infrastructure.

Welcoming participants to Penryn, Cornwall, DIY Twin Town will include cultural exchanges, conviviality, connecting with local civic and arts organisations, and creating a new Live Art Twinning Ceremony. The weekend will afford opportunities for new collaborations, conversations, friendships, and twinnings.

Who is it for?

Applications are invited from artists whose lives are based regionally and outside of the large cities. You may be making work locally, nationally or internationally. You might be “the only artist in the village” or part of a thriving arts community in a small town.

Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. Areas of practice include: live art, performance, writing, visual performance, music, relational and socially engaged practice, sound art, producing etc

The Artists

Seasoned DIY lead artists Katie and Simon have previously run DIY 11: Atmospheric Pressure (Performance vs Weather) hosted by Folkestone Fringe, University of DIY (DIY 12) hosted by Contact, Manchester, and DIY 13: Bowie, Stargazing and Performance Writing, hosted by Colchester Arts Centre.

This DIY is supported by Lancaster Arts

About Small Acts

Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti are artists and performance makers who create live participatory projects that explore the interrelationships between people and places. Since 2011 they have developed a unique collaborative practice operating at the intersection between architecture, community, place and performance. Engaging people all stages of the creative process, they develop multi-disciplinary methodologies designed to explore, expose and contain multiple perspectives and sometimes conflicting narratives of place.

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