Call for proposals for a new collaborative music / visual art project to take place in Mono during Merchant City Festival in July-Aug 2014

Closing date for applications is Wed 11th June.



Mono Cafe/bar seek proposals for a new collaborative project between Glasgow-based musicians and visual artists, to generate both exhibited and live work for The Big Mono Welcome at the Merchant City Festival 23 July – 3 Aug 2014. We are looking for project proposals which prioritise the transfer of skills and methods across music and visual art, and foreground notions of playfulness, improvisation, and which use music and art to develop understanding.


We invite any combination of bands, chamber groups, improvisers, instrumentalists, painters, sculptors, performance artists, video artists, to join forces and create a single project which incorporates both a live performance (music) element, and an accompanying and enduring exhibition and/or installation, each of which informs and enriches the other. This work can focus on any chosen area of inspiration, concern, or research, and we would encourage groups to think big!

Both live and exhibition / installation elements will form a central part of the programme at Mono Cafe/bar during 23 July – 3 Aug 2014, and proposals should incorporate a static element which can be displayed or operated constantly throughout the Big Mono Welcome.

Mono welcomes both children and adults so proposals should take this into consideration.

Mono can offer a fee of £400 to cover all materials and expenses.


One proposal will be selected and commissioned to make and present their work during the Big Mono Welcome as part of the Merchant City Festival 2014. The successful proposal and all applicants notified on Friday 13th June.

We hope this appeals, as we are excited about presenting something new, innovative, inspiring and illuminating here at Mono.

Good luck!

How to make a proposal:

Proposals should outline –

  • name of piece
  • description of piece – 500 words approx
  • people involved – please outline other previous or current work, groups, affiliations, achievements which are relevant
  • estimated tech requirements – amendments can be discussed later
  • contact email address and phone number
  • any other supporting information – weblinks, images, video etc.

Please send proposals to Iain Findlay-Walsh at
with the email title ‘Re: Big Mono Welcome Proposals’

no later than 5pm, Wednesday 13th June 2014

The Big Mono Welcome – at the Merchant City Festival
23 July – 3 Aug 2014
Mono Cafe/bar
King’s Court
G1 5RB
0141 553 2400


The Big Mono Welcome is supported through funding from Glasgow Life!