National Maritime Museum recruiting a participatory arts collective

NMM are creating a story collecting machine that will tour the country engaging people in playful participatory, immersive and entertaining experiences and collecting stories of their connections to the sea.

The tour will capture a picture of our nation’s relationship to the sea today. The van will encourage curiosity – its form will elicit memories of the seaside - vintage icecream and fun on the beach - and inside be evocative of an old seafaring vessel, collecting cargo of stories. Its old seafarer skin will collect tattoos along its journey, relating to the places it visits and people it meets.

The NMM is looking a for small arts collective to take over and animate the Maritime Memory Machine. Practitioners will use the van as a backdrop to lead participatory and theatrical performances. This might include song/music performances, story-telling, mini-dramas or performance poetry.  As part of the experiences they create, the collective will gather feedback from local residents at each location to gain a picture of how they connect to the sea. The resulting stories, memories and descriptions will feed into a participatory on-gallery interactive in Sea Things, a brand new gallery at the Museum opening in 2018. Story collecting activities should be fully integrated into performances and visibly add to the van’s ‘cargo’ as the tour goes on.

Fees and budget

Including all materials/ props/costumes, travel and accommodation for the duration of the tour

More information can be downloaded below.

Application deadline: 10am Monday 27 March.
Please send applications to Ros Croker –
Do get in touch with any questions about the residency before 23 March.

28/02/2017 - 27/03/2017
Contact Name: 
Ros Croker
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