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Applications from artists invited for short-term funded project

By 30 January 2017October 25th, 2021No Comments

The Museum is proud to announce a partnership project with ICOMOS-UK, funded by the Arts Council England (ACE)!

We are inviting artists to submit their proposals for the pilot project exploring the intangible cultural heritage under the Domain of “Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe” as set out in the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Our project is entitled ‘knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe’ and we are seeking applications from artists who would like to run a workshop.

Project overview

ICOMOS-UK’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee (ICHC) was launched in 2012 and its membership comprises representatives from a wide range of organisations, including museums, involved in the promotion of intangible cultural heritage.

Feedback from its successful conference held in 2014 in partnership with ACE, Museum of London, and the Anthropological Society stressed the need for more in depth work on the various intangible cultural heritage Domains/specialisms as set out in the 2003 UNESCO Convention. Namely:

  1. oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
  2. performing arts;
  3. social practices, rituals and festive events;
  4. knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
  5. traditional craftsmanship

ICOMOS-UK has been fortunate enough to secure an ACE grant to take forward the Conference’s recommendation.

The primary aim of the project is to raise awareness among museum staff, intangible cultural heritage communities (lone practitioners, small community groups and NGOs) and others about intangible elements associated with or embedded in local collections and landscapes and identify connections between collections and past and evolving traditions/living heritage within the practicing communities.

ICOMOS-UK has prepared a pilot project that will include a mix of five selected urban and rural museums in the South East region, each to explore a different intangible cultural heritage Domain. One of these is the Weald & Downland Living Museum in West Sussex, which will explore ‘knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe’.

Project brief

We invite artists to put forward a proposal for a workshop to explore an aspect or genre of the Domain that has evolved over a period of time and is being safeguarded by local practicing community/communities near to the Weald & Downland Living Museum.

Find out more

Please download the complete ICOMOS-UK Weald Downland Artist project brief.

This website has information about the Museum’s collections to help you put together a workshop proposal. You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of the intangible cultural heritage and local communities involved with your chosen area.

Applications to be submitted by noon on Monday, 20 February 2017. Discussions with the shortlisted artists will take place in the week commencing 27 February 2017. The workshop is to take place in late March/early April 2017 with evaluation.

How to apply

Please email your CV and a covering letter to office@wealddown.co.uk by 5pm on 27 February 2017.

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