Horizon is inviting submissions from artists or groups of artists to develop and present new work as part of Immersive, a focus-area for the Horizon Festival in 2018.

Artists are our most valuable storytellers and continue to explore new ways to connect us, create wonder and stimulate our imagination. Storytelling and shared experiences through the arts are integral to our sense of belonging.

Through Immersive, Horizon invites artists to explore the relationship between audience and creator with interactive or participatory arts experiences that captivate, enrich and inspire. We welcome submissions from all creative practices and disciplines including interdisciplinary, site specific and light based; and encourage those working with creative technologies, including AR, VR, MR, XR and gaming to submit in this focus-area.

We seek conceptual and contemporary approaches to creating and sharing artwork that explores a dialogue between artist and audience. The works could be held in one precinct or at locations across the Sunshine Coast. While it is expected that artworks will be ephemeral or temporary in nature, the works should have a presence for the 10 day duration of the Festival.

We strongly encourage Immersive applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.


Funding & Application Process

Submissions will be eligible for up to $8,000 of financial support for production and presentation of work. While artists may choose to seek further funding for their project, the proposed work should not be reliant on additional funding and must be deliverable within the $8,000 budget allocation.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to meet with a panel of Horizon team members and professional peers to further discuss their submission and assess the suitability of their work for inclusion in the Festival. This will take place in late February 2018.

Immersive is funded in partnership with Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund and other partners.


Submissions will be assessed based on the following considerations:

  • Artistic merit of concept
  • Viability of the work proposed
  • How well the project responds to the Immersive brief
  • Significance of site, location or story
  • Strength of collaborative team
  • Quality of previous work
  • Stability of technical components of the work
  • Participatory and User Experience

Artists will be required to provide the following information for their submission:

  • Artist statement
  • Project outline - title and summary of work
  • A brief overview of artists, organisation or group applying
  • Proposed location and evidence of permission to occupy
  • Marketing attributes and approach
  • Project timeline or itinerary
  • Duration and accessibility of work
  • Projected budget
  • Production and operational requirements
  • Supporting material as relevant to project including examples of your work, bios of additional artists and letters of support from participants or communities.



Key Dates

Submissions Open: Mon 18 December 2017

Submissions Close: Mon 12 February 2018

Shortlist Presentations: Thu 22 February 2018

Notifications: Wed 7 March 2018

Contract Executed: Early April 2018

Marketing Content to Horizon: Early May 2018

Festival Delivery: Fri 24 August – Sun 2 September 2018

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