GIPCA Live Art Festival - call for proposals

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) hosts the first South African Live Art Festival from 22 November to 2 December 2012 in Cape Town. The festival will be housed in a variety of Cape Town spaces such as the Cape Town City Hall, the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

As interdisciplinary and genre-crossing work appears increasingly at the fore of local and international art practice, contemporary understanding and appreciation of these practices and their various manifestations is continually evolving. As a result, “Live Art” is a broad term that has come to encompass performance art, installations, experimental theatre and dance, and time-based art of the sort that exists on the fringes of visual and performing art practice.

The Live Art Archive, University of Bristol, describes it as “art work that broadly embraces ephemeral, time-based, visual and performing arts events that include a human presence and broaden, challenge or question traditional views of the arts”. The pioneering Live Art Development Agency suggests that Live Art should not be understood as a description of an art form, but rather as a strategy to include a diversity of practices and artists that might otherwise find themselves excluded from all kinds of policy and provision, and all kinds of curatorial contexts and critical debates.

In line with these thoughts, GIPCA invites proposals in two categories, to present work on this ground-breaking platform: Young/emerging Artists and Established Artists.
Proposals for work from young/emerging artists will be considered for an award to the value of R5 000. While the size of the project for established artists is not restricted, GIPCA is unlikely to award more than R20 000 per project.

Application deadline: Friday 31 August 2012
Proposals should be submitted via email to and include the following:
Name, email address, landline and mobile telephone numbers
One page concept document
Abridged CV, highlighting previous experience in creating such work
For more information, please contact the GIPCA office on +27 (0) 21 480 7156 or


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