Abandon Normal Devices x Somerset House Studios: Open Call

  • London, Manchester
  • combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, museums, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Harry Leek


Abandon Normal Devices (AND) and Somerset House Studios are excited to work together in commissioning a new live audio-visual performance responding to the site and themes of AND Festival 2020.

This resulting work will be a flagship AND Festival 2020 commission presented as part of an evening programme of audio-visual performances in May 2020 and will also be presented at Somerset House Studios in London as part of a programme exploring image, sound and digital art in June 2020.

This opportunity is open to women and non-binary artist/s of all ages, at any point in their career, and is open to international applicants.

Full info here.

Deadline Wednesday 11 December 2019 at midday.


  • Artist fee £3000
  • Production budget £3000
  • A short residency on-site at an agreed time between January and May 2020, introducing the artist/s to the commission context and Merseyside site. Access can be provided to local film archives including National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port), as well as being directed to resources of live, open-source environmental and shipping data.
  • Return travel to UK (if applicable) and travel to Merseyside for AND residency and performance, including shared accommodation on site, access to recording studio and transport.
  • Travel to London for Somerset House Studios performance, accommodation included
  • Access to studio space and recording studio at Somerset House Studios in London (if required)
  • Support of Abandon Normal Devices Producer and technical team and Somerset House Studios Producer 
  • In case required, please note only one return flight can be covered in the periods of travelling internationally.