Electric Picnic wants your crazy caravan ideas for Trailer Park 2018

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Electric Picnic Trailer Park competition

Electric Picnic organisers have invited applications from artists and other creative people of grants for Trailer Park Art Caravans at this year festival in Stradballly, Co Laois.

Once a year for a short window of time, artists and creators with an appetite for a good festival are given an opportunity to let their creative hair down.

Electric Picnic will provide up to 10 grants (between €500 and €3,000) for designing, building and presenting ART CARAVANS at Electric Picnic.

People are being encouraged to come ideas to turn their caravans (or something with wheels that can come and go) into something implausibly wonderful, and we will give it a home from home at Electric Picnic, in the mobile-tropolis called ‘Trailer Park’.

For the first time Electric Picnic is casting  its net further afield to creative talent overseas and inviting  applications from the United Kingdom to enter.

Trailer Park is Electric Picnic's moment of madness, a haven of hilarious caravans, utilitarian mobile homes that have undergone surgery, vans re-functioned, campers converted. Collectively they create a metropolis of tiny venues, interactive cultural outposts, fun-clinics and oddball theatres.

For the past four years over 60 creators have been given grants to help them realise their wildest ideas, and become part of one of the strangest art and design communities in the country.

"We are looking for more jubilant and bewildering caravan-based ideas to join Trailer Park - we are seeking fresh designers, artists, engineers, technicians, community groups, thespians, dancers, builders, architects, furniture makers, photographers, sculptors, horticulturalists, steelworkers and most of all dreamers and asking them to emerge from their cerebral laboratories with some preposterous festival inventions!" 

These bursaries are not for labour; they are for materials or skills.

"We are looking for projects that stand on their own as installations, independent of performances or activities, although these may well accompany and complete the installation. They do not need to be roadworthy, but it would definitely help if they were. They do need to be safe. They need to be about the design of the exterior as well as the interior, and applicants should think about lighting as the area operates at night-time as well as daytime."

The number of crew passes required to host a venue for the three full days of the festival is eight, and these obviously include camping. They can’t be shared.

Up to 10, including some proposals may be selected but not funded if deemed deliverable without our help.

The deadline for emailed grant proposals is April 15th, at 11:59 AM. No exceptions. We much prefer that you email your proposal, but if you cannot, your mail must be received by us before the deadline.

Most final decisions will be made by April 22nd, and you will be notified by 29th of April.

There is very limited number of caravans and vehicles that can be made available for people that don't have a caravan. These will remain the property of Trailer Park after the festival. Those who provide their own caravan/vehicle will retain ownership of their caravan project at the conclusion of the event.

The amount received varies from project to project, but grants normally pay for only a portion of production costs – predominantly to cover material costs, but not for your own labour or time. Designers should be ready to provide other methods and sources of funding if they are going to be needed, and illustrate an effort to encourage collaboration and co-operation with other practitioners in Ireland. You are more likely to be awarded a grant if you are asking for an amount that is on the lower end of the range.

A schedule of payment is developed for each project, agreeable to you, to ensure delivery of the final work.

Your caravan must be in position by the 15th August at Stradbally Hall. Note that further work on the caravan can be completed onsite, but the caravan itself must be available for positioning onsite on that date.

A note from the Artistic Director, Roz Jellett:

“In Trailer Park we really do set out to make people laugh, inspire and engage. Projects that marry creativity, participation and style. This competition loves a good host, so if you have a gang of friends who like to make people around you have fun, simply think of how you might do that in the most unusual way, and either inside or in front of a room on wheels.”

Past submissions have included:

1. To Let – A team of real estate agents try to sell a decrepit caravan to passers-by

2. Caravan Club Extravanaganza – the front side folds down to become a stage for bands

3. Garda check-point – a police van checking passers-by for inebriation

4. Crappervan – yes one of them

5. Turbante – Brazilian collective who dress people in turbans

6. Narnia – into a caravan and out the back is a snowy kingdom

7. Tow Ho Ho - a caravan full of Christmas cheer, carols, drunk Santa.

8. Trailer Tower – a viewing platform in a caravan that is craned into the sky

9. Caravagina – a rebirthing experience

10. Redneck Wedding – a mobile home with a confederate flag outside and an extended family within.

Further information please contact:

Roz Jellet: trailerparkcaravanchallenge@gmail.com

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