Sound and Visual Artist Wanted for Poetry Light Night

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Word Life has an exciting commission opportunity for a sound and visual artist. We are looking for two artists to create a short film each based on one of two original poems that will be projected onto a central building in Sheffield.

We are working alongside Off The Shelf Festival of Words and Ruskin in Sheffield to create two original film poems that are loosely themed by the writings of the prominent social thinker and philanthropist John Ruskin. Two poets have already been commissioned to write an original poem based on these themes. The two successful sound and visual artists will then be sent an audio recording of these poems and be expected to create an approximately two and a half minute film as a companion piece to the poem. This film will then be projected onto the frontage of the Upper Chapel building on the evening of the 16th October as part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words in Sheffield. This is a collaborative project and artists will be expected to work interactively with the poet, producer and projectionist.

There is a £600 fee available for each commission. Commissioned artists will receive the audio recording of the poem on the 9th September. The deadline for the film will be the 2nd October.

A video of a previous projection project onto the upper chapel can be viewed here

About Word Life

Word Life is a literature organisation based in Sheffield that specialises in running a range of events, publications and projects designed to bring original writing to new audiences. We have a regular event series based in Sheffield alongside one off events across Yorkshire and beyond and have completed a range of other projects/commissions for partners such Sheffield University, Hallam University, The Arts Council and many more. We are part of a wider arts collective called Opus Independents that also operates a free arts and culture magazine called Now Then, a distribution company and other live events. To read more about Word Life please visit

To apply for this commission please send;

Links to up to four examples of previous work.
A CV outlining experience in creative projects.
Up to one A4 page outlining why you are interested in this project and how you would approach the challenge .

Deadline for applications is the 4th September. Please email with your application.

Successful applicants will be informed by the 8th September.



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