Friday Forum Proposal Guidance Notes
Visual Arts Scotland are working with Creative Informatics to produce Friday Forum (FF) , a series of regular online events by creatives and creative industries speakers as a rolling programme. We want to find positive ways to bring together the creative community by using a digital platform to hold a regular event where the creative community can celebrate shared passions or explore particular themes or topics, share ideas and continue to network and learn from each other, at a time where the creative community and others are facing critical challenges doe to covid-19, lockdown and disruptions to work and loss of income.
Outline of Criteria
We welcome proposals from individual creatives in any aspect of the creative industries and will aim to include contributors within each event who have a connection with data or a technical process, project or practice in line with the objectives of Creative Informatics.
These paid opportunities are being created with the current situation in mind, and so contributors currently facing financial hardship and lack of work due to the pandemic will be prioritised where possible.
Contributions can vary in form and topic. For example:
● Sharing of studio spaces/current studio space
● Online demonstrations
● Lecture style talk on a particular topic/theme
● Explaining emerging ideas/experiments/works in progress
● Sharing of Creative Practice/career/experiences
● Discussion of barriers and needs
Fee and requirements
Each contributor will be paid £125 to prepare and give their talk and must be available to engage in the whole event by being present for Q and A 's from the audience or conversation with other contributors. The events are expected to last approximately 2-3 hours. Invoices will be processed by VAS after the event.
How often will these events take place?
Events will take place weekly so we will be looking for 4 speakers per fortnight event. We may run extra Friday Forums to include a weekly rotation of events. Check our socials and respective webpages for more info on this. We would want each speaker to engage with the whole event (probably 90 mins total) by being present for text chat etc. Creative Informatics will be happy to help amplify the speakers and their creative work / services / business as part of promoting and following up the event.
Every Friday Forum is free to attend and we encourage Q & A’s from the audience at all points of the event to ensure it is a dynamic and interesting conversation between contributors and the audience.
Relevance to CI themes (very broadly), focused on applicant types most likely to be at risk with breaks in income etc. due to lockdown, applications are ideally based or have a connection to any part of Scotland.
Details of the Events
The events will be organised by Creative Informatics using existing communication channels and infrastructure. The events will take place on Zoom and Creative Informatics.
The first FridayForum will take place on Friday24th April.The next event will take place on 8th May. Creative Informatics and Visual Arts Scotland are happy to amplify the speakers and their creative work/ services/business as part of promoting and following up the event.
These events will last between 1.5 hours- 2 hours- exact details TBC. Individual contributions will range between 10-20 minutes. Events will likely take place on Friday’s between 15:30-17:30.
Deadline for applications
There will be no set deadline for applications. This will be a rolling programme and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until we feel there is a significant amount of proposals from applicants to sustain the programme. We shall update our respective websites and socials when this window for applications might close.
How long will these events last?
These weekly forums will run for at minimum 8 weeks. We shall continue delivering these events to provide paid opportunities for the creative community for as long as we are able in the current circumstances. We recognise the need for support and paid opportunities to help combat disruption occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Administration of fund
The selection of applicants/contributors will be led by Visual Art Scotland with support from the Creative Informatics team to help review relevance and technical aspects. Applicants/contributors will be assessed in accordance with the most relevance and suitability to the call out as well as how well the contribution works with other applicants proposals and will also consider those with the greatest finance need and hardship status.
Payments to contributors will be made VIA Visual Art Scotland following completion of the contribution. You will be required to send VAS an invoice in order for us to process your fee.