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Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park caravan competition launches

Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park art caravan competition has been launched, giving artists a chance to get creative and present their work in Stradbally at this year’s festival.

Words by Jack Squibb

Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park launch the Art Caravan 2020 competition
Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park launch the Art Caravan 2020 competition.

Organisers are giving people a chance to become a part of Electric Picnic by getting creative and bringing to life an art installation using a caravan or other vehicle in the Trailer Park.

Festival organisers are giving out grants to help people bring ideas to life and then present and host their creation across the weekend. Trailer Park is set to expand for the 2020 edition of Electric Picnic. Grants varying between €500 to €2000 are up for grabs to help enhance the Trailer Park experience.

Electric Picnic are calling on entrants to strike the wacky and wild part of their creative minds. Those who are awarded a grant will get all the support needed to then bring their ideas to life.

Judges want people to get weird and wacky with their ideas for their Art Caravan.
Judges want people to get weird and wacky with their ideas for their Art Caravan. Pic via ElectricPicnic.ie

Successful applicants will then get to host their exhibition at Trailer Park, along with a team of their friends.

Returning to judge’s panel is Channel 4‘s Amazing Spaces co-host, Will Hardie. Speaking about the competition, Hardie said:

“I’m so delighted to be involved for the second year in this competition – I love how Trailer Park has supported the creative visions of so many people, and harnessed their passion for festivals.

”The idea of transforming the humble caravan into so many wonderful and wacky creations is part of the story –  but to then be given the opportunity to unveil it at the largest and most artistically ambitious festival in Ireland is pure genius.”

Brazilian Art Caravan in Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park.
Brazilian Art Caravan in Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park. Pic via ElectricPicnic.ie

Trailer Park is also set to make its debut in the UK at Latitude Festival and applicants are being invited to bring their art caravan to Suffolk. Those that run the Park will help to get artist and their caravan to the festival too.

Grants have been handed out previously for truly bizarre concepts to mesmerising creations. Here’s a list of previous caravans to hit the Trailer Park:

Terrible Terry’s Jail – A caravan with jails bars on the windows for misbehaving festival goers, who then have to find the escape plan

Ceili Kitchen – everyone (two at a time) is invited to a trad session inside a Monza 57 TDI model.

Narnia – into a caravan and out the back is a snowy kingdom.

The deadline to apply to get a grant for the Art Caravan competition is Wednesday 4th March. To apply, fill out the form by clicking here.

Baptised at the caravan.
Baptised at the caravan.

Electric Picnic returns to Stradbally from 4th to 6th September 2020.

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