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V&A Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire Commission

Celebrating Creativity, Design, Craft, Technology, Art and Science. Open Call for interactive art submissions! To celebrate the second year of Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, the Digital Programmes team at the V&A are very pleased to announce an open call for the commission of an interactive installation to be exhibited at the Maker Faire.

On Saturday 15th November 2014, the first ever Maker Faire in London will be back, in

Elephant & Castle, at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is a day of family friendly making, learning, crafting, inventing and tinkering in the heart of London. Organised at London of College of

Communication, Maker Faire is committed to exploring the culture of Making enjoyed by

Makers and designers of all types. The aim of the event is to encourage creative people of all kinds to identify as Makers by sharing knowledge, tools and practice. Maker Faire offers an

opportunity for Makers, students and the public at large to come together and get hands on with many of the creative making processes we all use every day, including electronics prototyping, hacking, 3D printing and all round creative experimentation. OPEN CALL

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design.

Contemporary design has always been at the heart of the V&A's work and the Museum

remains true to its founding mission of promoting excellence in design and manufacturing. It works hard to encourage contemporary designers, acquiring their work, and providing inspiration through its displays and events.

The Digital Programmes Team at the V&A, formed in 2008, engages visitors of all ages in a range of free activities and events that promote innovative digital art and design practices

and collaborative processes, inspire creativity, and stimulate discussion and exchange among creative industries professionals, students and visitors.

The V&A Digital Programmes team is inviting submissions for original and imaginative

proposals for an interactive installation to celebrate maker culture and design, encourage

experimentation, problem solving and audience participation in innovative ways. The piece

will engage people with the processes of design and making through surprising and thought provoking means.

Guidelines and requirements

• The call is open to international and UK artists. • Proposals must be submitted in English.

• Proposals must be for projects that haven’t been previously exhibited in the UK. • The work could take any form, but it should be freestanding.

• Submissions should be suitable for and encourage participation for a range of audiences, from children to adults.

• We particularly encourage collaborative projects.

• The copyright of images, videos, code and other media belongs to the Creator(s). Rights to your images, videos, code and other media belong to the Creator(s) are retained by the

Creator(s). The V&A reserves the right of a royalty-free license to use, distribute to the public, and publicly display the piece. Selection process

• One proposal will be selected and will receive a budget of £7,000 to enable development of

the proposal and cover all costs from materials, construction, equipment hire to transport and installation.

• It is expected that the successful entrant(s) will work in consultation with the Digital Programmes Team.

In your application, please include:

- Name, Address and Contact details (email and phone number) - A 100-word summary of the project

- Description of proposed installation (max. 1000 words) – please include illustrations of the proposed installation as well as information about equipment, materials used. - Images representative of the submitted installation proposal

- Outline project budget showing expenditure in production materials, equipment hire, design and printing, shipping etc.

- Curriculum vitae of project lead(s) Submissions must be received through email and must be in a self contained file format. Applications should be sent to Irini Papadimitriou,, electronically. Deadline for proposal submissions is Monday 30 June. Applicants will be notified by the second week in July.

About Maker Faire Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in London. Maker Faire is organized by MAKE magazine and supported by O’Reilly Media.

Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire will be open from 10:00–18:00 on Saturday, 15th

November 2014; entry is free to children (under 16) and students and there will be many opportunities to get hands on and make stuff!

V&A Interactive Art Commission  
V&A Interactive Art Commission