Live Now Commissions – closing 26 Feb

The Lowry is thrilled to announce three commissions of £10,000 each for mid-career artists and companies to create new work for the lockdown age for presentation via our #LoveLowry programme, through which The Lowry collates and presents a series of online performances, exhibitions and more for audiences while our doors are closed.

A year into these strange times, The Lowry wants to provide space for artists to reimagine their practice for digital stages like ours, to explore how best people can connect to each other and to the art that is consumed when the audience is so physically removed from the performance.

The Lowry wants to know what ‘digital performance’ means now, when venues are closed, and what it will mean when venues reopen. How can it offer audiences an experience that is more than a stand in for live performance? What can digital storytelling bring to a narrative that live, on-stage performance can’t? How can we nurture this new wave of creativity for digital platforms, and make space for it as part of our industry even when our doors re-open?

One of the main challenges of digital performance is our changed relationships with audiences. How do you create a sense of connection when each audience member is watching from a different location? How do you give the audience the kind of agency they expect from other digital interactions? How do you put them at the heart of what you are making, and how do you keep them there?

This investment in new live digital pieces will support artists to pivot into making for digital platforms, and pave the way for a new type of performance to start sitting within our programming.

See more information at the link below.

thelowry.com/about-us/artist-development/live-now-commissions

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