Sonica 2024 Open Call

Ella Fradgley

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Cryptic is looking for UK and Ireland based artists who create sonic installations, AV performances and real time visuals for performance, to take part in Sonica Glasgow, 19 – 29 September 2024

We are inviting UK and Ireland based artists, from all backgrounds, to present existing audio-visual work for live performance or installation as part of Sonica Glasgow 2024.  We are particularly interested in sonic installations for outdoor spaces and site-specific works for unique venues, places or spaces in Glasgow. We are also interested in artists who make live visuals for performance.

 All work must be completed before the application deadline and had at least one public showing, unless you are applying with visuals for performance. Please only apply with one project.


Sonica is an 11-day biennial festival in Glasgow, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts. The award-winning festival will present cutting edge work by international artists alongside emerging UK and Irish talent across the city from Thurs 19 – Sun 29 September 2024.


  • A fee of £750 – £1000 depending on the type of work (performance/installation/visuals) and artists’ level of experience;
  • Travel, accommodation and per diems for artists based out with Glasgow when an overnight stay(s) are incurred;
  • Support in sourcing basic technical equipment where possible;
  • Support for install/de-install or technical support for performance;
  • Venue hire, PR and marketing support;
  • Documentation of your work;
  • A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
  • An opportunity to take part in an international arts festival;
  • An opportunity to build a new audience for your work;
  • Valuable opportunities to develop networks alongside exceptional international and emerging artists.


  • Artists from all backgrounds and any career stage, based in the UK or Ireland;
  • Performance works must include a strong sound and visual element;
  • Installations, must contain sound;
  • All work must be complete and had at least one public showing;
  • If you make real time visuals for performance, we will accept examples of previous work;
  • Artists not in full time education;
  • Please note we are not looking for work in any form of theatre, literature, comedy, circus or dance. We do not support commissions or the development of new work.


  • Please complete this simple form ; your application can be submitted in written, audio or video format via this link.
  • As part of your application, please complete the Inclusion Form via this link this enables us to monitor the diversity of applicants and support our aim to be an inclusive and diverse organisation.


In Person:

Thursday 02 November, 10:00 – 13:00: An opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Open Call in person at CCA, Glasgow.


Friday 03 November, 11:00 – 12:00: An opportunity to learn more about Sonica and the open call if you are not based in Glasgow.

Please let us know if you wish to attend a session by emailing


  • All eligible applications are considered by the selection panel, which includes:
    Jess Partridge (Independent Music Consultant),
    Cathie Boyd (Artistic Director, Cryptic) and
    Claire Moran (Producer, Cryptic).
  • If your application is shortlisted, we will contact you by email to discuss the opportunity further;
  • Unfortunately, due to the small size of our team, we are only able to offer feedback to shortlisted applicants.

Deadline: Monday 4th December 2023, 12noon.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

We will let you know the outcome of your application during the week commencing 5th February 2024.

For shortlisted candidates, in person or zoom meetings will take place during the week commencing 12th February 2024.

Final Decision: Late Feb/Early March 2024

Cryptic is an equal opportunities and inclusive organisation. We believe that inclusion, diversity, equality, accessibility and creativity go hand in hand.  Their influence on our sense of identity and our life opportunities is at the heart of all that we do. We are committed to create a supportive and inclusive environment and culture that aims to remove barriers to engagement and participation, physical or attitudinal.

We understand there is a need to provide opportunities to artists who are currently underrepresented within the sector. We particularly welcome applications from artists identifying as:

  • Black, Asian or ethnically diverse:
  • women and gender expansive, trans umbrella, non-binary artists;
  • D/deaf or disabled;
  • having caring responsibilities;
  • working class or from a low socio-economic background.

As members of Keychange we have made a commitment to take action to represent women and gender expansive people from all under-represented backgrounds across our programmes of work.

We want to ensure that our application processes are clear and accessible to everyone. We will work with all applicants to ensure your access needs are met, to the best of our abilities, when making your application and will ensure that access requirements are not a factor in our decision making.

There are several ways we can support you in making your application:

  • We can offer guidance to applicants on the process of making an application;
  • Information is available in alternative formats (including large print, Braille, Easy Read, audio version;
  • We can offer additional in-house one-to-one support to make an application.

If you require support, further information or have any general enquiries, please contact: Chloe Charlton:

If you have any access requirements that you would like us to know about, please include them in the application form.

Image: KMRU, Tramway, Sonica Glasgow, photo: Neil Jarvie

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