Bees in a Tin – call for stuff

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Bees in a Tin

21st February, 2014 • Birmingham

CALL FOR EXCITING & INTERESTING THINGS! Do you do exciting and (or) interesting things? Then this is for you!

Bees in a Tin is a gathering happening on the 21st of February 2014 for interesting and exciting people who make unique interfaces for the world around them. And we’re currently looking for people to present… interesting and exciting things, experiences, performances, talks, artefacts, ideas and other nouns, at the event.

If you have devised (or are devising) a novel way of interacting with your surroundings that makes people stop, think or just go “wow!”, then we would like to be in the same room as you. Your project could be a performance piece; guided walk; GPS-triggered device; interactive object or something completely different. Surprise us!

We’ve started the programming with a keynote presentation from composer, multi-instrumentalist, roboticist and sound historian Sarah Angliss. What happens next is up to you.

We’ll be in a space that can accommodate talks, workshops and/or playtesting and feedback on work in progress. Tell us how you’d like to feed into the day and we’ll do our best to squeeze in as much amazing stuff as we can.


  • We are unable to offer any technical support beyond provision of Wi-Fi and a laptop and digital projector for the presentations. Please ensure you can be technically self-sufficient if you are proposing an alternative activity.
  • Presentations are likely to be capped at something like 10-20 minutes each in order to allow time for discussion.
  • Although we cannot offer fees for speakers, we have a very limited budget to support workshops and the like that incur materials costs. We’ll pick up conversations about money with individuals after the selection process when we have a better idea of how the event will manifest itself.
  • The event space is at ground floor level, wheelchair accessible and equipped with a hearing loop

To apply:

If you’d like to submit something to our selection panel (Nikki Pugh, Hannah Nicklin and Jen Southern), please download and complete the expression of interest from the link below and send it and any supporting images (less than 3MB total size) to bees2014 [at] manyandvaried [dot] org [dot] uk by 5pm on Wednesday 8th of January, 2014.

Please rename the file with your first and surname at the beginning of the filename. For example: ‘Nikki-Pugh–Bees-in-a-Tin-2014-EOI’

If you have any queries, please contact us.

Key dates:

Deadline for submissions: 8th of January, 2014
Notification of successful proposals: 22nd of January, 2014
Event date: 21st of February, 2014

Event location:

The Gatehouse
The Bond Company
180-182 Fazeley street
B5 5SE


You can download the expression of interest form from either of these links

Bees in a Tin 2014 – EOI (.doc format)
Bees in a Tin 2014 – EOI (.rtf format)


Bees in a Tin is supported through funding from The Public and Arts Council England.

The Public

Arts Council