TENT house for contemporary circus

Open call Image maker
Photography/art commission, January 2024 - December 2024
Closing date: Sunday 15.10.2023 23:59 CEST
Apply via Google.form

TENT is the house for contemporary circus from Dutch origin. Since its foundation in 2010, TENT has been committed to the development of contemporary circus in the Netherlands from its base in Amsterdam. We do this by supporting makers in various stages of their development. For this open call, we invite photographers and artists who preferably work outside the circus field. 

Open Call
Much of the time, we find our makers in various circus workspaces and studios in the Netherlands. Together with the Image Maker, we want to highlight the work behind the scenes. We are looking for a photographer/artist who would like to come and follow the performers and draw inspiration from the moments hidden from the public. From January 2024, there will be an opportunity to visit our artists in the studio and make a work about it. The condition is that this results in one or more royalty-free images or series eight times a year. These may also be in-between steps of a larger work. We are not looking for production or press photos, there is a lot of freedom to make your own interpretation of the assignment. 
Our Image Maker has a strong, distinctive visual language and creates work in which photography is the starting point. The Image Maker can work independently, from proactively approaching the makers to delivering the material at eight moments during the year. The moments are more or less fixed in advance.
A total amount of €2000,- is set aside for the assignment. This amount is exclusive of VAT and travel expenses and will be paid in parts. The images are primarily used for publicity purposes. In addition, together with the Image Maker, we explore the possibility of turning them into an artistic end product and exhibiting them in the future, in any form they may take. 

Circus is conquering an increasingly solid place in the cultural field. And there is still a world to be won. Together with our partners, we are committed to expanding the awareness of circus in the Netherlands. This mission extends to an artistic discipline and audience outside the circus field. We are open to crossovers and exchange and make visible how versatile, innovative, artistic, and challenging circus is.

Submissions can be made via Google.form until Sunday October 15, 2023 23:59 CEST. The TENT team, together with house maker Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer, will take care of the selection. This will be based on the flexibility, enthusiasm, and artistic vision of the artist/photographer. In early November, three applicants will be invited for a (digital) interview.

For questions about the assignment, please contact Ruth Verraes, [email protected], 06 46424583 (from Sep 5 onwards). More information about the organisation can be found on this website.