Artist Commission Call-Out

June 1, 2013

One of the most talked about successes of the 2012 Fringe, the award winning Hunt & Darton Cafe returns to 21 St Mary’s Street in Edinburgh city centre. An interactive art café for the cultured palate, it’s a place of engagement, spontaneity, action, artists and great food & drink.


We are looking to commission 4 x artists working in performance & live art to join our service team for one day (August 9th, 16th, 23rd or 24th) between the hours of 10am and 5pm during the Edinburgh run as a guest waiter. Artists are required to creatively respond to the role of waiter. We are particular interested in performance ideas that embrace service on an inclusive and immersive scale rather than being completely 1:1 table performances. Previous guest waiters have included Richard DeDomenici delivering his style of silver service, bronze service where everything’s a little bit crap, Brian Lobel, who embraced everything promised by American hospitality and Odd Comic, a duo of ‘trainee customer service providers’ who offered delights such as a tap dance with tap water.

The commissioning fee is £250. Please note this is an all-inclusive fee.


We would like to invite you to submit a short proposal if you wish to participate in the project. Your proposal should be no longer then 500 words and cover the following information:

Brief description of your practice

Commission proposal- please respond specifically to the call out

How do you foresee this being performed/displayed/used/ as part of the Cafe

Include a 50-word blurb/image of your work for publicity

Any supporting documentation including an up to date CV

For Guest Waiter application- which of the following dates you are available to perform: August 9th, 16th, 23rd or 24th 2013.

Please send your proposals collating the information requested into 1 PDF document by email to and if you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposal before submission please do not hesitate to call us on 07960 413780/07833308121.

DEADLINE: Monday 17Th JUNE 2013 10am

Hunt & Darton Cafe at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 is supported by Arts Council England, Escalator East to Edinburgh and artsadmin.

via Creative Scotland: Artist Commission Call-Out.


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