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Call for Submissions – Augmented Reality Art Commission

Augmented Reality Art Commission, NEoN Digital Arts Festival: REACT

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2019

For exhibition beginning: 4 November 2019

Artist Fee £2000 (inclusive of research and production costs and any licensing fees)

From 4 – 10 November 2019 the NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland will be focused on the theme “REACT”, exploring how artists use digital systems to effect change within our social and political realities. We are now seeking proposals for a commissioned project utilising AR and mobile technologies inspired by NEoN’s theme.

Many artists involved in digital arts are also part of communities of activists reacting and responding to local, national, global, social and political crises (raising awareness around issues of environmentalism, gender equality, exploitation, colonialism, militarism, emancipation, etc.). REACT will be a platform to present and critically examine the relevance of present practices, theories and strategies – to engage an uncertain future through an exploration of the creative potential of digital art.

We are particularly interested in works that function at street level utilising AR to engage protest, activism, agency and radical design in challenging and activating participants. We are specifically seeking to commission a new work using augmented reality that is participatory/interactive and freely accessible via android and IOS devices. We are interested in proposals that engage the local and/or the global (the AR project could be specific to Dundee or be utilised anywhere – as long as the project premieres in Dundee as part of NEoN REACT 2019).

The commission will be launched as part of NEoN Digital Arts Festival 2019: REACT, and NEoN will host the project for the duration of the festival.

Open Call announced 24 June 2019
Deadline for proposals 31 July 2019
5-8 August – follow up conversations where necessary (by email/phone)
16 August – decision made, artists informed and announced
3 September – selected artist give progress report
1 October – selected artist to give second progress report (including confirming details relating to the work’s launch/exhibition, taking account of any timelines for testing and app store approvals for instance)
4 November – Work launched at opening of NEoN Festival, Dundee.

Submission Requirements


Please use the Google form above to submit your application. You will be asked for the following details:

  • Name(s) of Creator(s)
  • Contact details: email, phone, website(s)
  • Artistic statement/Prior work (250 words)
  • Title of work
  • Artistic concept including relation to NEoN’s theme (250 words)
  • PDF document of your proposal including
    • AR details/Technical specification
    • Production Schedule
    • Description of risks involved in and support needed for production
    • Supporting material – links, images, etc.

If you have questions or enquiries about this commission please email [email protected] or Susie Buchan, Festival Assistant, [email protected]. Please use the subject line “NEoN AR Proposal”.

Supported by Creative Scotland