Frequently Asked Questions

The questions below were published for potential applicants to the award:

Where will the work be installed?

This is largely up to you. The finished piece needs to be installed in a Bristol location that can be indoors or outdoors so long as it is readily accessible to the public. For inspiration and ideas, take a look at our 'About Bristol' section, although this is by no means an exhaustive list nor are these our preferred locations. We encourage proposals related to any Bristol location and we can offer support to the successful candidate in securing permissions etc for their chosen location.

Can I apply with other people?

We are open to proposals from individual artists and creatives as well as collectives, groups and studios.

What do you mean by "We are looking for artists and creatives who can demonstrate a history of delivering high quality, innovative practice"?

We would like to encourage applications from mid-career and established artists and creative practitioners that have a proven history of creating work for public installation/exhibition. Watershed has a number of opportunities, residencies and programmes designed to support emerging talent but this commission is designed to engage creatives at a later stage in their development.

My work tends to have a digital but not a physical manifestation, can I still apply?

We are keen to commission a publicly accessible work for Bristol with potential to tour, that in some way connects to and creates meaning in  a playable city. On that basis, work that is entirely online or intangible is unlikely to fit the bill. However, we are very open to work that uses technology in integrated and interesting ways so if you would like to discuss your ideas further, do get in contact - details below.

Should I send you examples of my work?

We would love to get an idea of the sort of work you have created and exhibited before, but will not be able to return any objects or items following submissions so please do not send us anything physical that you would not wish to part with. Links to websites or links to videos hosted online are preferred.

I do not have much experience working with technology, can you help?

It is important that the proposed project uses technology in integrated and interesting ways and that the element of creative technology is an integral part of the proposal. However, our network of partners and Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio have a strong understanding of what is possible and available in this space, so will be able to advise and support the successful candidate in realising their idea. If you have any particular questions or concerns about this do get in touch and we will do our best to help you.


If you have any questions or queries do get in touch: / 0117 370 8870 / @PlayableCity

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