National UK commissioning and production partners: Cornerhouse (Manchester), ENTER_ (Cambridge), Lumen (Leeds) & Site Gallery (Sheffield), with support from BBC, funded by Arts Council England

The Bigger Commissions 2007, to be launched at Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07

The Bigger Picture exhibits artists’ film & video and interactive / participatory screen based projects on Big Screen Manchester, UK. Utilising this unique screening space, The Bigger Picture is able to present a host of artists’ works to large and diverse audiences beyond the traditional gallery context.

Cornerhouse, working in partnership with the BBC and Manchester City Council, delivers The Bigger Picture&8217;s curated programmes, whilst additionally commissioning and touring large outdoor screen-based programmes.

The Bigger Picture is inviting proposals for the production of exceptional new public realm works to be launched on Big Screen Manchester at the time of the Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07 (11&12 October), and to tour to partner city Big Screens and public sites throughout 2007/8.

Four new works will be commissioned, each with an attached fee of £5000 (7400 EUR / 9700 USD) based on an agreed budget, of up to £10,000 for production (14,900 EUR / 19,500 USD).

This is a significant opportunity for film, video, new media and cross-disciplinary artists to explore unique new ways of creating and exhibiting work for a public context.

Each National Commissioning partner will lead on the production of one new work. Partners are particularly encouraging proposals of the following nature:

  • Interactive and participatory new work
  • Interdisciplinary new work (combined arts, performing arts, audiovisual)
  • Evolving or expanded work
  • New media and streaming technology
  • Film & Video

Artists previously commissioned by The Bigger Picture include: Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (desperate optimists), Kartoon Kings (Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio), plus Paul Melia, Hilary Jack, The Light Surgeons, Adele Prince and Louise K Wilson.

For more information on how to submit, please download key information, guidelines & submission form, and BBC technical specifications (see left). Please pay particular attention to these documents. If you have any problems downloading the forms please email

The Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07 is a follow up of the Urban Screens Conference held in Amsterdam 2005, produced by the Institute of Network Cultures and curated by Mirjam Struppek.

The nest Urban Screens Conference focuses on the development of non-commercial content for big urban displays such as LED, LCD, plasma screens and media facades.

Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07 is curated by Susanne Jaschko.

The project is supported by Arts Council England, BBC, Cornerhouse, Manchester City Council, Manchester Digital Development Agency, Manchester Knowledge Capital and Marketing Manchester.

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