Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fancy a far-fetched challenge for Electric Picnic?

Published 22/03/2016 | 23:12

One of the previous entries at Trailer Park
One of the previous entries at Trailer Park

THE search is on for the weirdest caravans of 2016.

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For the past two years over 30 creators have been given grants to help them realise their wildest ideas, and become part of one of the strangest design communities in the country - Trailer Park at Electric Picnic.

One of the previous entries at Electric Picnic's Trailer Park
One of the previous entries at Electric Picnic's Trailer Park

The camp of hilarious caravans and utilitarian mobile homes that have undergone surgery create a metropolis of tiny venues, interactive cultural outposts, fun-clinics and oddball theatres.

And organisers are looking for entries for this year's festival at Stradbally in Laois.

Artistic Director of Trailer Park, Roz Jellett said “In Trailer Park we really do set out to make people laugh.

"It is a liberating experience which marries creativity, silliness and style. It also loves a good host, so if you have a gang of friends who adore making people around them have fun, simply think of how you might do that in the most unusual way, and either inside or in front of a room on wheels.

"Whether impresario or engineer, think about others you can reach out to for the skills you don't have (offering them a ticket perhaps). "Designs should celebrate the ethos of what Trailer Park is, an outrageous holiday enclosure which champions the creative imagination, and everything inventive, unconventional, and delightfully bonkers about the world.”

The judges for this year will be led by Keith Payne whose enormous inflatable sculptures for the stage-sets of The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd are renowned worldwide working with the Trailer Park creative team; Roz Jellett, Charles Preston, Hugo Jellett and Sorcha O’Reilly.

On offer is up to ten cash grants to help you make your own caravan projects come to life at Electric Picnic, ranging from €150 to €1,500. Organiser say the bursaries are not for your labour; they are for materials or skills you do not have.

For more information visit electricpicnic.ie

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