Live Art Festival and Symposium – Call for proposals

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) invites proposals for artworks and papers for GIPCA’s Live Art Festival & Symposium, end of November/beginning December 2016.

Live Art is a broad term that has come to encompass performance art, visual art installations, experimental theatre and dance. It is also useful to think of live art as time-based art that exists on the fringes of visual and performing art practice.

The Live Art Archive describes it as:”
“art work that broadly embraces ephemeral, time-based, visual and performing arts events that include a human presence and broaden, challenge or question traditional views of the arts”

while the pioneering Live Art Development Agency offers this:
“Live Art should not be understood as a description of an artform but as a strategy to ‘include’ a diversity of practices and artists that might otherwise find themselves ‘excluded’ from all kinds of policy and provision and all kinds of curatorial contexts and critical debates”.

Initiated in 2012, GIPCA’s Live Art Festival is a biennial event based in Cape Town, South Africa. Profiling established as well as emerging performance artists, the Festival showcases innovative and transgressive art works – in both content and form. Promoting a robust and meaningful discourse around live art, GIPCA will introduce a discussion component to the 2016 Festival – the Live Art Festival Symposium. A wide range of speakers are invited to present papers on issues and themes either directly or indirectly related to live art. The Festival & Symposium will play out in a variety of public and formal spaces in Cape Town.

This is an open call for the submission of proposals in two categories:

1. Live Art Interventions

  • Young/emerging artists. Total value of award is ZAR 5 000
  • Established artists: The value awarded will be determined in accordance with the scope and demands of the project. Amounts awarded by GIPCA are in the range of ZAR 20 000 per project. In exceptional circumstances this amount may be exceeded.

 2. Papers

  • Academics, researchers, artists, curators etc. are invited to submit proposals for addresses of 10-15 minutes.

Interested applicants should submit a single PDF file containing the following:

  • Name, email address, contact telephone numbers
  • An abstract/concept document of no more than 1 page outlining the proposed paper or creative art work to be presented at the 2016 Live Art Festival & Symposium
  • Curriculum Vitae of applicant
  • Prospective budget – in the case of those applying for creative projects (not applicable to those submitting applications for papers)

Deadline for proposal submissions: 22 April 2016.  

All submissions to be sent to: – with the subject line 2016 LIVE ART FESTIVAL PROPOSAL

For more information, please contact the GIPCA office on +2721 650 7156 or