COVID-19 Update: AoMO2020 Postponed

Dear All
Over the past few weeks we’ve been watching developments internationally regarding the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and proposed responses. We have kept a careful eye on the varying prognoses published regarding the likely extent of lockdown, restrictions on international travel, and the possible continuation of social distancing measures into the Northern summer. We have also closely followed conferences that have cancelled, moved to online delivery, or postponed to next year. Furthermore, we’ve noted that institutions are freezing research and conference budgets, whilst those of us who are independent are finding contracts put on hold or cancelled. All major conferences and those minor ones that we are aware of in our field have cancelled or postponed right through to July. Conferences in August are beginning to cancel.
Given the relatively tight margins on which we as a small conference operate, and the proportion of our attenders who are international, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that even if the restrictions were lifted and the medical risk declared low, notwithstanding our concern for the health and vitality and safety of all our community, the economic risk would still be too high for us to attempt to hold the event this year.

However, we have managed to negotiate with our partners and can announce that AoMO Liverpool 2020 will become AoMO Liverpool 2021, to take place August 19-22, at the University of Liverpool, The Bluecoat Gallery and the Leverhulme Hotel, with a keynote from artist activist Ellie Harrison, a special performance from folk music stars O’Hooley and Tidow, and lots more. The theme Art and Activism, and all the themes, will remain the same, and all papers, workshops etc already accepted will be carried forward. We will also issue a supplementary call which will allow additional submissions to be made, and existing submissions to be updated. We will also consider new stream ideas. The aomo2020liverpool@gmail.com email address will remain active and monitored between now and when we meet in August 2021. 

We will be in touch further with convenors regarding the next steps, and we have negotiated with our providers so that we can hold registrations over for those who have already paid. For those needing refunds, we will let you know how to do that.

So that we don’t lose touch, Paul Levy will be organising an informal online get-together, or series of get togethers, during what would have been the conference period this year. This isn’t going to be an online conference with presentations – more of an online coffee break with all the chats that are such an important part of our events! Please email Paul Levy directly about this (paul@cats3000.net)

Despite the awful and unprecedented circumstances that have forced us to take these steps, we hope that we can take the opportunity presented to polish our offerings, invite even more friends, and celebrate our 10th conference (and 2021 as the 20th Anniversary of the first Essex coffee break that led Steve L., Ian and Ceri to launch the conference series). Liverpool is a great city for a party when we are all safe and well.
Stay safe and well

Jenna, Steve L. and Steve T

Financial Support for AoMO2020

For the 2020 AoMO conference, hosted by the University of Brighton, AoMO is offering 4 bursaries to support PhD students and/or artists who have had a contribution (paper, workshop, installation, performance, etc.) accepted for the conference.

In addition, the Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship will also be available. This is a prestigious award in remembrance of the work Heather undertook in developing our collective field of interest – the relationship between management and the arts.

Read on for more information of both schemes.

AoMO Bursaries

What does it include?

The bursary is for £250. This will be paid directly into the successful applicants’ bank account by AoMO and can therefore be used to cover travel, the conference fee or art materials.

Who can apply?

The bursary scheme is open to PhD students and practising artists. Within the application you must make a clear argument as to how the bursary would be used and why you feel you are deserving of it. You must also have had a contribution to the conference accepted, and be in receipt of the acceptance letter sent by the conference host organising team.

How to apply

You will need to complete a bursary application form and email this directly to aomofunding@gmail.com. Application forms have been circulated via the mailing list, and you can also download here: conference_bursary.docx

The closing date for applications is 1st May 2020. All decisions will be made and communicated by the 1st June 2020.

Successful bursary applicants will need to provide their acceptance letter from the host organising team and receipt of registration and conference fee payment. AoMO will not transfer the funds to your account before you have registered and paid the appropriate conference fee.

For more information please contact aomofunding@gmail.com or jenna.aomo@gmail.com.

The Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence Scholarship

The Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship offers one artist an opportunity to document, in their chosen medium, the activities, energy, atmosphere and contributions to the AoMO 2018 conference. They will be given a plenary slot within the programme to introduce their work and plans for their ‘final piece’.

In 2016, the Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence was held by Emmanuel Guy and in 2018 by Katrin Kolo. Emmanuel and Katrin would be happy to discuss the role with any future applicants. Please contact them via the aomofunding@gmail.com email address.

What does it include?

The applicable conference fee will be waivered, your accommodation for the nights of the conference will be paid for and there will be a contribution made to your travel costs and art-materials required where relevant.

Responsibilities of the Artist in Residence

You must commit to holding the Artist in Residence position for two years (until the following AoMO conference in 2022). Over that two year period you may be asked to do interviews, give advice and support other artists within the community and be open to meeting with business practitioners to showcase your work and the work of the community.

You must present your work and approach at a plenary session at the conference in 2020. Over the two year residency we would like you to produce a ‘final piece’ which will be exhibited at the 2020 conference, including a plenary slot for presentation.

Who can apply?

Any artists, artist practitioner or academic-artist may apply for the scholarship. You must have a portfolio of work that you can submit in support of your application but this can be in the medium of your choice e.g. poetry, dance, drawing, painting, digital media etc.

How to apply

You must supply a written statement of no more than 2000 words describing why you would be a suitable candidate for the scholarship and what you envisage as your contribution. We would also like to see examples of your work in support of that application.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2020. All decisions will be made and communicated by 14th June 2020.

All applications must be forwarded to aomofunding@gmail.com.


Call for Contributions: AoMO2022 Liverpool

Deadline for contributions to AoMO 2022 Liverpool (18th August – 22nd August) is February 2nd 2022.  Please click on ‘The Beatles’ inspired stream titles below to download the Call for Papers/Contributions.

ALL you need is Art 2022

Courageous Activism 2022

Dear Prudence won’t you come out and play 2022

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool 2022

I’m Looking Through You 2022

Mersey Sounds2022

Norwegian Wood 2022

Within You but Not Without You: Open Stream (please submit directly to aomoliverpool2020@gmail.com)

Through the open stream we are particularly interested in inviting contributions that explore theatre as spaces of action, alternative organisations and the use of music in movements of resistance.

To submit a paper or artistic contribution to a stream please follow instructions in the individual calls. We are also keen to consider exhibitions, installations, workshops or performances. If you have an idea, please email jenna.aomo@gmail.com.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in word.doc format, should be submitted as an email attachment by 2nd February 2022 to the stream convenors (contact details can be found within the individual calls) and to Jenna using aomoliverpool2020@gmail.com

… be creative … be bold