Set your sights on these creative opportunities as part of Sheffield's Doc/Fest 2020

The world-renowned Sheffield Doc/Fest is back for its 27th edition in June, and one of its most popular attractions, The Site Gallery’s Alternate Realities exhibition, is looking for innovative exhibitors.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 2:54 pm
Sharna Jackson outside the Site Gallery in Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest, a creative space for discovery, collaboration and inspiration, is one of the largest documentary festivals in the world.

The city-wide festival prides itself on being an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives, new voices and our city to shape and question the world we live in, creating a sense of community and the potential for change.

After re-opening in 2018, Site Gallery on Brown Street is Sheffield’s contemporary art space specialising in new media, moving image and performance.

After the success of last year’s exhibition in collaboration with Doc/fest, the gallery has launched an open call for proposals to its Alternate Realities Commission programme, inviting applications for digital projects in development to receive completion funding of £15,000 and to be included in the exhibition.

Sharna Jackson, artistic director of Site Gallery, said: “Site Gallery have a tradition of exhibiting new media work, so we are delighted to partner with Sheffield Doc/Fest on the Alternate Realities commission again in 2020 – particularly to help those who need that support to complete their work.

“We're excited to read the proposals, and work closely with the selected artists.”

The programme, just like the festival, is open to all artistic practices of digital non-fiction narratives.

Sheffield Doc/Fest and Site Gallery encourage proposals from debut, emerging and established, multi-platform and digital artists and artist collectives from both UK and international territories.

The supported project will be exhibited as part of the exhibition, taking place between June 4 and 9, with the possibility of an extended exhibition run of up to one month.

The Alternate Realities programme is a space for experimentation in contemporary digital art, playing with non-fiction boundaries and expanding them.

The exhibition aims to discover and engage the audience in a multiplicity of artistic works, researches and practices in non-fiction from around the world, advocating for public engagement as a critical and reflective space.

Joe Cutts, curator and head of the Alternate Realities programme, said: “I am excited to continue our annual tradition of launching the commission programme for artists and collectives in any stages of their practice.

“We look forward to welcoming proposals for strong research-backed projects in development that bring along a critical reflection into our worlds and lives.”

Annually, thousands of people interested in film, art and creativity descend on the city to immerse themselves in inspiration.

Last year, 3,489 industry delegates attended Doc/Fest from 59 countries – and over 1,000 people witnessed the premiere of Diego Maradona, a documentary about the famed footabller, in the CIty Hall on the opening night of the festival.

Artists and collectives from anywhere in the world are invited to submit proposals for the seventh instalment of Alternate Realities, and people from Sheffield are being urged to get involved.

The selected proposal will be awarded £15,000 to cover artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodation, and expenses needed for completion.

The deadline to apply for the Site Gallery exhibition is January 13, and more information on the programme can be found online at