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Open For 2018 Submissions

Art Installation Sponsorship

Each year, The Forest morphs into a reimagining of itself, with new art, fresh experiences, and a healthy dose of inspiration. If you have a great art idea sparked by The Forest, the Art Installation Sponsorship program is the chance to bring your dreams to life.


For the sixth year in a row, builders and artists are invited to bring something new to Electric Forest – in The Hangar, greeting the forest family, in Tripolee field, art for Main Street, or even, in very select circumstances, in Sherwood Forest itself!

Multiple installations may be chosen to receive anywhere from $1 to $5000 in funding, and up to five (5) working credentials to bring their art to life at Electric Forest 2018. Keep in mind, The Forest is looking for projects of all sizes and costs – small, medium, and large installations will be considered and awarded accordingly.

Many Art Installation Sponsorship winners now have their art featured as Forest staples year after year. Recognize the Ocular Organ or Fairies In The Forest? Both of these mystical art installations are brought to you by previous Art Installation Sponsorship winners! Become an integral part of The Forest and apply now!


Award

HQ will provide:

  • A grant of up to $5000 towards the costs of building your installation
  • Working credentials for a build team of up to five (5) people
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided for your team during your set up and tear down (please note meals are not provided on festival days)
  • A liaison for your team to assist with any production needs
  • Power hookup for your installation
  • A footprint within Electric Forest or campgrounds for your piece
  • A build timeline with benchmarks and deadlines to help you stay on track
  • An introduction into the world of Electric Forest art, bringing more opportunity to expose yourself as artists

Timeline

Submissions will be accepted for review January 29 – March 1, 2018. Follow up materials may be requested after that time. Final projects will be selected and announced on April 21, 2018.

Selection Process

Judged by: The Festival Art Directors
Judgement method: By reviewing & ranking proposals
Judged on:
30% Art
30% Appropriateness for event
20% Ease of execution onsite / plan
20% Interactivity

Rules

  • The submission process is private. HQ will share only the concept of the final projects once they have been selected and confirmed.
  • You are encouraged to imagine a place for your installation outside of Sherwood Forest.
  • The program will require you to meet many benchmarks and deadlines in your build process, months in advance of the event.
  • The onsite time commitment varies depending on the weekend you are selected for. Please only apply if an onsite commitment of up to 10 days is not a problem for your entire team.
  • You must provide your own transport to and from the event.
  • Your art installation must be a piece created specifically for Electric Forest, that debuts for the first time at Electric Forest.
  • The art piece may not feature fire, pyrotechnics, food or beverages, drug references, or any dangerous aspects.
  • If installation is structural in nature (you can climb on it or go inside it), please budget for review by an engineer that you source locally. (Proof of structural integrity will be required).
  • Please ensure that your team will be professional and committed to meeting all requirements. Installation timeline and protocols for delivering materials to the site will need to be in strict compliance with the EF Site Operations Department festival-wide installation timeline. Failure to comply will be cause for early dismissal, forfeiture of the opportunity to showcase the installation in the Forest, and forfeiture of your funding.

How to Apply

Applications are now open. After the initial submission period, you may be contacted to move forward in the review process by submitting additional information (a complete budget, digital sketches, etc.)