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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL
August 23 – 24, 2014


Call for Artists ACCRA [dot] ALT in association with Redd Kat Pictures, Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana , Dr. Monk , and Attukwei Art Foundation have begun preparation for the Fourth Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival, which will be held over two days on Saturday, August 23 - Sunday, August 24.

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out of the galleries and onto the streets of James Town, Accra. Our vision is to cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa by breaking creative boundaries and using art as a viable form to rejuvenate public spaces. The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival challenges both artists and community-based audiences to connect through art.

Abstract

Accra’s deepest history lies in James Town, the original port city leading to the development of Ghana as a nation. James Town is a time capsule and a treasure trove all at once. The place is filled with beautiful colonial architecture and spirited boxing legends, a tumultuous history of the transatlantic slave trade and and a people’s diehard spirit to remember who they are. Here a constellation of families, cultural practices, and aquatic livelihoods persistently remix James Town’s past, present and future. It is a place of endings and beginnings, of ongoing deaths and rebirths.

CHALE WOTE 2014 explores the history of Accra, the city, through its origins in James Town and an examination of this place in relation to death and rebirth.

The theme for this year’s festival is Death: An Eternal Dream Into Limitless Rebirth. We are evaluating Accra as a Space station, a portal with the potential to rebirth new histories, possibilities, hopes and desires. We are looking to exhibit art works that remodel our perceptions and interaction with design in public spaces.

How does the transition of life [i.e. death] reform into passages leading to different lives [i.e. rebirth]?

With this, we envision rehabilitating popular perceptions about death and the afterlife. Ethnic groups across Ghana already possess a wealth of stories about death and rebirth that are often passed privately from generation to generation through family accounts. CHALE WOTE 2014 will curate a multiplicity of narratives about death and rebirth in their most spectacular form. These forms will be interpreted through performance, theater, installation, video art, short stories, spoken word, murals, graffiti, digital art and exhibitions . We are invested in telling Ghanaian stories as well as global ones.

For Local Artists

Proposed artwork can be realized in any medium and there are no restrictions on form or content. However, proposals that demonstrate innovation and deep, nuanced understanding of contemporary art, craft, or design are preferred. Proposals must be site-specific, i.e. within James Town during CHALE WOTE 2014.

This call is open to all artists living in Ghana who have been professionally active for at least 2 years and with a visible commitment to their professional artistic practice and media. [Having studied art is NOT a requirement; we accept applications from self-taught professional artists with at least two years constant working experience]. The concepts can be based on work to be realized as an intervention, a live performance, an installation, a video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance art, theatre, dance, animation or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to being displayed or performed in a public space and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences where possible.

As strong advocates of art education, we are also interested in works that can be tailored to include a workshop session with children and/or youth during the first day of the festival.

Selected artists will be expected to realize the works from August 15 to 22, 2014 and have it ready for display/performance on August 23 and 24, 2014.


How To Apply

1. Current resume/CV: 3 pages maximum.

2. Application submissions must contain the following documents: 1) a concept note about your festival project and 2) work you’ve made within the past 2 years. You may submit either still images OR video, not both.

We review video documentation if an artist’s work is time-based, interactive, web-based, kinetic, film, video, animation, and/or performance. If you work with installation, painting, sculpture, photography and/or drawing, you MUST submit images. Please note that if you submit still images and video, your application will be disqualified.

IMAGES: Five (5) jpeg images, at 180 DPI resolution maximum, maximum total file size 250kb. Images must be titled with your last name, first name, number with no spacing e.g. kojonortey1.jpeg, kojonortey2.jpeg, etc. Please do not submit: PPT, PDF, TIFF, GIF, or PSD files.

VIDEO FILE FORMAT: HD1080i Quick Time/ H264

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 28, 2014.
Artists will be notified of their selection by Friday, May 30, 20

Please email queries and submissions to accra.alt@gmail.com

For International Artists

Proposed artwork can be realized in any medium and there are no restrictions on form or content. However, proposals that demonstrate innovation and deep, nuanced understanding of contemporary art, craft, or design are preferred. Proposals must be site-specific, i.e. within James Town during CHALE WOTE 2014.

This call is open to all artists living in Africa and outside of the continent, who have been professionally active for at least 2 years and with a visible commitment to their professional artistic practice and media. [Having studied art is NOT a requirement; we accept applications from self-taught professional artists with at least two years constant working experience]. The concepts can be based on work to be realized as an intervention, a live performance, an installation, a video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance art, theatre, dance, digital art, animation or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to being displayed or performed in a public space and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences where possible.

As strong advocates of art education, we are also interested in works that can be tailored to include a workshop session with children and/or youth during the first day of the festival.

Selected artists will be expected to realize the works from August 17 to 22, 2014 and have it ready for display/performance on August 23 and 24, 2014.

Please Note: CHALE WOTE is an independent event produced by a number of community-based, art collectives across Accra. Our festival is still growing and our funding for international participation is limited. International Artists selected to participate are encouraged to apply for funding from their home countries or other sources to support their travel, living costs and, where possible, funding for the cost of production for their work. Accommodation and one meal a day will be provided to selected international participants for the period between August 17 – 24, 2014.

How To Apply

1. Current resume/CV: 3 pages maximum.

2. Application submissions must contain the following documents: 1) a concept note about your festival project and 2) work you’ve made within the past 2 years. You may submit either still images OR video, not both.

We review video documentation if an artist’s work is time-based, interactive, web-based, kinetic, film, video, animation, and/or performance. If you work with installation, painting, sculpture, photography and/or drawing, you MUST submit images. Please note that if you submit still images and video, your application will be disqualified.

IMAGES: Five (5) jpeg images, at 180 DPI resolution maximum, maximum total file size 250kb. Images must be titled with your last name, first name, number with no spacing e.g. kojonortey1.jpeg, kojonortey2.jpeg, etc. Please do not submit: PPT, PDF, TIFF, GIF, or PSD files.

VIDEO FILE FORMAT: HD1080i Quick Time/ H264


Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 28, 2014.
Artists will be notified of their selection by Friday, 1st June , 2014.

Please email queries and submissions to accra.alt@gmail.com


THANK YOU!

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Here is the long awaited highlight video from the 3rd annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival in James Town [Accra, Ghana], September 7 + 8, 2013. Dates for this year’s edition will be announced with a call for artists soon. Be on the look out

The festival features over 200 local and international artists creating new installations and performances over a two-day period. CHALE WOTE is free and open to the public.

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Last year was my first time at Accra’s ChaleWote Street Arts Festival and it was such an amazing experience for me that I’d been looking forward to this years for the last 6 months.

Both days ( August 23rd and 24th) reminded me of why I love the arts and why i’m happy to be living in Accra. Accra Dot Alt has managed to really start what can only be a revolution in the way Ghanaians experience and access the arts. 

The festival is an amalgamation of fashion, food, visual and performing arts and a great blending of all the different segments of the city.

With the theme this year being “Death: An Eternal dream into limitless rebirth” I took the opportunity as a repurposing/refurbishing junkie to contribute to the festival by upcyling old soda crates into functional potted plant benches. I’m completely honored to have my work so close to so many insanely gifted artists.

This festival is history in the making and definitely set to be one of the biggest on the continent. If you missed it this year you MUST make your way to Accra for the next one.

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We were @FashionistaGH shopping festival last month and we had mad fun. Here is a video recap of the fantabulousness featuring DJs Keyzzz and Pam Bam, with performance installation by Serge Attuquaye’s Golokal. Enjoy.

Love on the Run is @BlitzAmbassador’s last single from his upcoming album Afropolitan Dreams until it drops on April 28th. The album has an array of notable collaborations with a number of artists including Angelique Kidjo ; “Love on the Run” with Nneka is the big one. The two demonstrate an obvious camaraderie and work seamlessly as a unit on this tune. Enjoy.

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