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We-Hope and Digital Democracies announce Artist Call Out, Threshold Studios


This new Call-Out seeks Artists who will use testimonials collected from survivors of conflict to create an interactive digital animation.  The commissioned work will be shown in public outdoor space and premiered at Frequency Festival 2021, Lincoln.

The commission forms part of a European-funded project to update the ancient visual storytelling notion of the Cantastoria.

Having completed the first stage of the project to build a digital archive hosting the stories, WE-Hope and their UK partner Digital Democracies are now seeking proposals to use digital technology to share them.

Ideally, the commissioned piece will be generative and able to be influenced by audiences experiencing the work either online / in public space.

The final animation will be presented alongside a live choral performance of a new composition inspired by the testimony commissioned for the project.

Artist(s) are invited to apply with ideas that:

  • Respond to the themes and impetus of the overall WE-Hope project and Digital Democracies

  • Can be presented both physically (for example on a screen or as an installation) and digitally (either as an animation, film, or social interaction) through online platforms. 

  • Interactive: Has the scope to be influenced by input from public audiences responding to the work. 

  • Able to tour: Through Digital Democracies there is an option for simultaneous showings in Lincoln and Brighton as well as future presentations through WE-Hope’s international network.

  • Able to be developed and presented within covid-secure guidelines making allowances for possible on-going social distancing in October 

  • Relevant to our audiences and considering diversity and accessibility in order to be as inclusive as possible

  • In keeping with the values of Digital Democracies, Creative Europe and WE-Hope (see further information)

Budget: 8000 Euros (inc VAT)

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 5th July.

If you have any access requirements, would like this information in an alternative format / discuss alternative means of applying (eg by video) please email


Book your free ticket for an online briefing with a member of the Digital Democracies team on 14 June 2021 here.

Full information can be found here

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