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, The Lowry


The Lowry has announced three commissions of £10,000 each for mid-career artists and companies to create new work for the lockdown age for presentation via our #LoveLowry programme, through which we  collate and present a series of online performances, exhibitions and more for audiences while our doors are closed.

Through our Live Now commissions, we want to explore what ‘digital performance’ means now, when venues are closed, and what it will mean when venues reopen. What makes it more than a stand in for live performance? What can digital storytelling bring to a narrative that live, on-stage performance can’t? How do you create a sense of connection when each audience member is watching from a different location? How do you give the audience the kind of agency they expect from other digital interactions? How do you put them at the heart of what you are making, and how do you keep them there?

This investment in new live digital pieces will support artists to pivot into making for digital platforms, and pave the way for a new type of performance to start sitting within our programming.

We’re asking for short Expressions of Interest by Friday 26 February and you can find out more details about the opportunity here:

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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Photo, Jennie Gill, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. Photo Our Favourite Places / Nigel Barker for Yorkshire Artspace.