The Museums Partnership Reading plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Reading Festival with a retrospective exhibition looking at the social and historical context of Reading’s first festival in 1971. The new exhibition will be curated in partnership with Jill Furmanovsky Rock Archive, Ian Shirley from Record Collector Magazine along with Damian Jones from Pop Classics memorabilia and Chris Forsey at the Reading Chronicle archive.
A space within the exhibition will be set aside to include material collected from this year’s Festival to contrast the 1971 festival. This will be co-curated by young people and will make an interesting juxtaposition for an inter-generational audience.
This project will explore young people’s relationship with the history of music within Reading. Young people will develop skills in music, media, networking and platform building through creating content to form part of the Festival 50 exhibition opening in August 2021 in Reading Exhibition.
To work with young people to create content for a portion of the Festival 50 exhibition, set to take place in August 2021:
Reading Museum/The MERL/Online. Locations will be based on ongoing restrictions. We will be working in line with current government Covid guidance and restrictions.
The submissions will close on Friday 9th April, the successful applicant(s) will be informed by the Friday 16th of April.
The total budget for the series of 4, 2 hour, workshop is no more than £2500.
Each workshop should focus on one of the following skill areas:
We welcome applications from individuals, groups, or collectives making combined applications for no more than £2,500 to work the workshops as a single commission.
The amount applied for must cover the artist(s) fee, planning, production and all materials, installation, insurance and ongoing maintenance.
The proposal should respect the Council’s regulation and policies and all materials, paints etc used should satisfy the climate emergency declaration and the Council’s pledge to achieve a carbon neutral Reading by 2030.
Artists working with children, young people or vulnerable adults must hold a current DBS certificate.
There are two ways to apply: Send us a written application or you can send us a short video or audio recording (no longer than 4 mins) to the Learning Team.
Please tell us in no more than two sides of A4 (or in your 4 minute recording):
+ please provide supporting images/recording and examples of/links to your work.
If you would like help or if you have questions about any of the above, please email the Learning Team
Applications will be marked against the following criteria:
Deadline for submission: Midnight Friday 9th April 2021
Please note that selected artists/workshop leaders will work with a group of young people to respond to objects in Reading Museum’s collection and exhibition relating to the theme of Reading Festival.
We aim to confirm content of the series of workshops with young people in Reading by Monday 3rd May 2021.