Read everything you need to know about this project below, or go directly to the upload page to submit your video or image.
WE NEED YOUR ART What kind of creative projects have you been doing during lockdown? Drawing, painting, music, song writing, poetry, mask making, sculpture? We want to hear from you.
The Franklin Community Arts broker programme is happy to announce a new project to get people out of their homes on the hunt for local art work, and we want you to be part of the fun. Multimedia artist Sarah-Jane Blake has created a great new way to share some of the creative projects people have been working on during lockdown, using a free downloadable Augmented Reality (AR) App as a portal to local artworks all over Franklin. It’s simple, fun, and will get you out of the house to hunt down Lockdown Gig posters strategically placed around your neighbourhood. Find out more how to submit your creative work and we’ll thank you with an $80 gift voucher of your choice.
A map of walking tracks for anyone to follow Lockdown Gig posters hanging on doorways, garden stakes, windows and noticeboards in your area. Simply take your phone with you and use the App to bring the AR concert to life. Try it yourself - instructions in the next section
How to get involved ARTISTS NEEDED - We need art works from artists now, from beginners to seasoned professionals. Your work will be collaged with a video performance to create a short AR clip. Artworks can be scanned or photographed, you might have ideas about how it can be turned into a collage, remember that it will be combined with a performance. PERFORMERS NEEDED – We need performers now, from bedroom singers to concert masters. Record an original performance of up to 3mins long and we’ll pair it with an artwork and create the AR clip. You might have an idea of what kind of setting would suit your performance to animate into a clip. Every artist selected will receive an $80 voucher for their participation. You keep all rights to your work beyond the Lockdown Gigs project.
How will the AR poster be made? When you send in your work, the Franklin Arts Broker will help pair performances and artworks to be collaged into AR clips by Sarah-Jane Blake, a visual artist and performance designer, who has joined her two passions into this accessible and playful format to share people’s experiences of lockdown.
“I was thinking about things we can't do at the moment like going to see live music events, and how the virtual world might take us that little bit closer. I also wanted to encourage people to get outdoors and explore their local area in a way that was fun and entertaining.”
You don’t need to be a professional artist, just send us the best you have. Franklin has some amazing talent, from singers and musicians to painters and sculptors, this is a chance to give us a glimpse of what you’ve been up to during lockdown. You must live or work in the Franklin area.
Try it out from your smart phone.
Download a free App called Zappar onto your phone from Google Play or App Store for free (make sure you spell it correctly and look for the logo).
Open the App and point the camera towards the logo on the poster (below - or you can try the poster at the top).
Press play, turn up the volume and enjoy the Lockdown Gig (from the Rollickingnancies).
Send us your Music, send us your Art We want a broad cross section of music, spoken word, and creative performance. It’s easy to do; simply film yourself on your phone or camera (maximum around 3 mins), standing in front of a plain background. The best possible background is a green-screen because it has none of the colours from your skin tone. Using a bed sheet stuck on a wall works well, you might have a wall in your house that does the trick too, or even standing against the wall of your local supermarket (Coundown have great green exterior walls). Do not move out of the frame of the ‘green screen’ or chosen background while filming your performance. If there are any issues with the final performance films sent to us, we will get back to you and work further with you to help you get good results.
What is your work about? Provide us with an idea what your work is about, what inspired it or what you were responding to. This will help us pair it to the other artist.
Can I use this to promote my work? Yes, send us a link to your website or other places people can find more of your work. We will include this information on the Lockdown Gig posters if you wish.
Franklin Lockdown Gigs is made possibly through the Franklin Community Arts Broker programme, supported by
Your questions answered - FAQ
What kind of performance can I do? Songs or music concerts by solo musicians presenting original music, sitting or standing in one place work the best. Franklin has some exceptional musical talents and we love to showcase them. Duos or trios can also too, but make sure no-one leaves the frame in the recording. Unaccompanied singers, spoken word, or even dance can also work, so long as it remains within a tight frame of action. You might have other concert ideas that work too, a fast-paced cooking demonstration, stop-motion animation, a science experiment, who knows? The work must be ORIGINAL, you must be the rightful owner of the material.
What sound quality and video formats are best? You can record sound separately and edit it onto the video if you are technically adept, compressed files (mp4, wmv, mov, vob, avi) are all fine to upload. If your file is bigger than 250MB, we recommend using a free service like Wetransfer.com to send files. Recording directly onto your phone will work too, try to be in a quiet environment so that we can hear your music clearly.
What kind of art can I send? Anything visual that can be photographed; drawings, painting, charcoal sketches, sculpture, photography, 3d objects. Remember that your work will become part of an animated concert, so it could be several small elements that could come together. See the example Lockdown Gig for inspiration. All artwork must be ORIGINAL, you must be the rightful owner of the material. If your file is bigger than 250MB, we recommend using a free service like Wetransfer.com to send files.
How do I film in front of a green screen? There are lots of easy ways to make a green, or blue screen. You can use a bedsheet, an old tent, pieces of paper, a tarpaulin, or a wall that has just one colour to it. Daylight is great for an even surface, so unless you have some fancy lights, record your song during the day beside a big window, or even outside. Send it to us with the colour backdrop and we’ll figure out how to strip it out to animate. Here are some helpful videos on Youtube - How to make a Green Screen - Make a Green Screen for zero cost
Can I collaborate with an artists or performer? Yes, perfect. You might have an idea that is inspired by someone else, or that you think would work well with another person’s work. Work together if you would like to.
Which works will be selected? We will begin with 6 performers and 6 artists, selected for their compatibility with the format, originality, and ability to be collaged. There is no age limit or minimum level of competence that is required.
What themes should I be addressing? Any themes are possible, keeping in mind that it will be accessible to all ages. We want to see and hear what you have been doing during this period of Covid Lockdown restrictions, it might be something that responds to the idea of restriction, families, domestic life, the outdoors, boredom, frustration, the joy of not working or the despair of uncertainty.
Do I still own my art? Yes. Your song or art work will only be used for the Lockdown Gigs Franklin project. Copyright remains with you and you are free to do whatever you like with it.
How will I be paid to contribute? We will send you an $80 gift vouchers to all participants who are selected.