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Interactive Art Installation: Applications sought

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care is looking to commission an artist to envision and create an interactive art installation to mark the 10th Anniversary of the To Absent Friends festival.

This commission is for an artist or collective resident in the UK. Relevant experience working with public interactive art installations is desirable, but a track record of delivering other types of installation exhibitions plus a good idea and plan for your first public interactive installation will also be considered.

About the To Absent Friends Festival

To Absent Friends, a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, takes place across Scotland from 1-7 November each year. The festival aims to create opportunities for people to gather together to celebrate and remember dead loved ones.

More information about the festival is available here:

Project Brief

The 10th To Absent Friends Festival will take place 1-7 November 2023.

We want to mark this occasion by creating a new, interactive artwork that engages members of the public in remembering and celebrating people in their lives who have died.

We are therefore looking to commission an artist or collective to envision and create a piece of art:

More details about the project brief are available here: Project Brief


The budget for this project, including artist time and materials, is £7500 (including any VAT).

Application process

Applications should be submitted to by 12 noon on Monday 7 August 2023. We will interview shortlisted applicants in the week beginning 21 August 2023.

Full information about the application process is available here: Project Brief


The successful applicant will be notified by 1st September 2023.

The artwork needs to be ready for display/public participation during the week 1-7 November 2023, as part of the To Absent Friends Festival.

Further information

Once you've read the full information provided in the Project Brief, we appreciate that you may have questions or wish to discuss the project before putting in an application. If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll arrange a time to chat on the phone:

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