Feel It Festival - artists

The festival ran two open calls for artist commissions in April and July 2016. One open to all artists and another to Circomedia alumni. 

Thank you to all who applied.

The April 2016 commission was to explore research into the experience of being a GP and the mental illhealth faced by that community. More information on the commission and the research here:

Feel It festival Artist Call Applicant Guidance Notes (PDF, 277kB)

The July 2016 commission was to explore research into respiratory illness and the lived experience of pathological breathlessness. More information on the commission and the research here:

Guidance for Applicants: Feel It Festival/Circomedia Call for Performers 2016 (PDF, 380kB)

April artist commission

Having received a staggering number of impressive applications the first Feel It festival open commission went to performance artist Viv Gordon.

Viv Gordon has lived experience of mental ill health and won the Judges' Individual prize at the Arts and Health South West Awards 2015 for her contribution to the field.

Viv’s piece Pre Scribed (a life written for me) will explore University of Bristol research about understanding the barriers for help-seeking and improving access to support for the thousands of GPs living with mental illness. The Improving Access to Support research project is led by University of Bristol researchers Ruth Riley and Johanna Spiers who will be working closely with Viv over the coming months to develop the piece.

Pre Scribed will be performed on the opening night of the festival, 17th November, and in a matinee performance on the 20th November. The performance will be shown alongside a panel discussion and the second commissioned piece.

Viv Gordon's latest work:

July Artist Commission

The second of our Feel It festival commissions (open only to Circomedia alumni) will be developed by aerialists Maddie McGowan and Ziggy Slingsby.

Their performance, The Measure of Breath, will draw on the research of Havi Carel, from the University of Bristol, and the Life of Breath project to explore the effects of pathological breathlessness on an individual’s life; from the collapse of the everyday sense of bodily control, to the altered trust in our bodies.

We are truly excited to see how the art form of circus which requires excellent breath and bodily control will make breathlessness visible and cast a light on bodily doubt as a consequence of illness.

The Measure of Breath will be performed on the opening night of the festival, 17th November, and in a matinee performance on the 20th November. The performance will be shown alongside a panel discussion and the other festival commission Pre Scribed (a life written for me).

Introduction to the Life of Breath research:

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