Call out for performers

Date posted: October 11, 2017

Deadline: 10 November 2017

Gallery 4, National Museum Cardiff, featuring the Williams-Wynn organ, 1774

Gallery 4, National Museum Cardiff, featuring the Williams-Wynn organ, 1774

In Spring 2018, Artes Mundi and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales will showcase a new site-specific commission by the internationally renowned Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Born into the Icelandic theatre scene Kjartansson’s art practice incorporates a range of historical traditions, film, music, literature and classical theatre that playfully enacts the raw pathos and humour of the human condition. 

We are looking for musicians who can sing and play the organ or piano for a durational performance called The Sky in a Room created by Kjartansson for an eighteenth-century chamber organ now permanently installed in the National Museum Cardiff’s historic painting galleries.

The Sky in a Room is an installation centred on an enchanting yet melancholic solo musical performance in the museum’s permanent collection galleries. The exhibition will take place at National Museum Cardiff from Saturday 3 February to Sunday 11 March 2018.

To create The Sky in a Room we are calling out for musicians to sing and play the organ simultaneously. You will need to read music fluently for this performance. Pianists are encouraged to apply. Additional training will be given to those not currently organ trained.

Role Description
Musicians must be highly committed and be experienced in singing as well as proficient on the organ or piano. You must be willing to perform in front of members of the public and be comfortable with visitors filming and photographing during the performance.
This will be a physically demanding durational performance and musicians will be required to play a repetitive short musical score.

To apply
Please contact Melissa Hinkin, Artes Mundi Exhibition’s officer: (03007777300) to register your interest and to receive further information. The deadline for applications is Friday 10 November 2017.

Successful candidates will be notified by email and relevant information and musical scores will be sent in advance.

Rehearsals and Production dates and locations
Musicians must attend all rehearsals with Kjartansson two days prior to the exhibition opening. Rehearsals are likely to take place on selected days in November and early December. Musicians will be required to work on a weekly rota basis.

Performers fee
This position will be paid £120 per day. You will also be paid for the rehearsals.

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