Launching today, Sheffield Doc/Fest invites submissions for the Alternate Realities Commission, offering completion funding worth £20,000 for a new digital project focussed on non-fiction. Now in its sixth year, the successful Commission will be supported by Arts Council England, Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK.  The project will be revealed at the Alternate Realities Exhibition for digital artworks focused on non-fiction, taking place at Site Gallery as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s 26th edition, 6-11 June. Previous commissioned artists include Heather Phillipson, Oscar Raby, Alex Pearson/Marshmallow Laser Feast, Darren Emerson and Michaela Holland/Michelle Gabel.

Additionally, as part of the national and international Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition, the successful commission winner will have the opportunity to speak about their work at MUTEK, Montreal (20-25 August, 2019), and tour their project as part of MUTEK Montreal 2020 edition.  

Says Dan Tucker, Curator of the Alternate Realities programme, “This is an exciting year for Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and in particular for the Commission. I am thrilled to welcome Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK as new supporting partners, alongside Arts Council England; these new relationships will amplify the impact of the project and offer prestigious exhibition opportunities and profile for the successful artist.”

Says Sharna Jackson, Artistic Director Site Gallery, “Site Gallery is absolutely delighted to be supporting this year’s Alternate Realities Commission. Especially as the deservedly-celebrated Alternate Realities Exhibition will be coming home to Site, after first debuting here in in 2014. As Sheffield's international contemporary art space, focusing on New Media, Moving Image and Performance, we are perfectly placed to support and develop the exhibition's evolving ambitions”.

Artists based anywhere in the world are invited to submit until 25 February, midnight (GMT). The Festival is particularly keen to receive applications from artists, organisations and institutions working in multi disciplinary installation, augmented reality, interactive art, 360º video, immersive virtual reality, room scale experience, gaming, motion comic formats  and live performance .


For further information contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

+44 (0) 7958 597426


About Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, including around 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries.

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, debate, collaboration and inspiration. We champion and push forward new talent, ideas and interaction for the future of the industry. We are an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives, new voices and our city to share, shape and question stories of the world we live in.

The six-day festival and all-year activity consists of events across five programme areas:

FILM – New cinema, film and artist’s moving image, performance and live events

ALTERNATE REALITIES – immersive, interactive digital art

TALKS – Masterclasses, summits and panels

MARKETPLACE - Industry, talent, training and pitching

SOCIAL – Parties and networking

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 will take place from 6-11 June


About Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

About Site Gallery

Site Gallery is Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance. Pioneering emerging art practices and ideas, Site works in partnership with local, regional and international collaborators to nurture artistic talent and support the development – and appreciation – of contemporary art.

Site connects people to artists and to art, inspiring new thinking and debate through exhibitions, talks, events and other public activity. Site works with early career to established artists to commission new work, produce solo and group shows, deliver residencies, performances, events and community programme. Through diverse programming, the gallery reveals the process of making art and invites our audiences to engage, explore and connect. In 2018 Site Gallery re-opened after a building programme which trebled the scale of its public area. It now has a large scale gallery, a dedicated projects space, café (Kollective Coffee and Kitchen) and shop as well as a beautiful new façade and main entrance. In 2019 Site will celebrate its 40th year.

About British Council
British Council’s Creative Economy team works with the next generation of artists and creative entrepreneurs around the world to tackle today’s challenges. Working in more than 30 countries a year, they provide the research, tools, space, opportunities and connections that creative communities need to experiment, learn and flourish. They connect ideas and experience from the UK with emerging global cultural leadership; building networks and supporting collaboration, for long-term impact, mutual benefit, and greater international understanding.


MUTEK is a Montréal-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of emerging forms of digital creativity in sound and audio-visual practice. Its main activity is its annual namesake festival, which will hold its 20th edition from August 20-25, 2019. The MUTEK festival is conceived as an environment of discovery and encounters, where artists and audiences are encouraged to meet and exchange. Firmly rooted in the Montréal community, it supports local talent while also presenting exclusive international content, combining music and audio-visual performances, installations, film and video presentations with professionally oriented conferences and workshops.

In addition to the festival, MUTEK organizes a diverse range of local events such as MUTEK_IMG and its Virtual Reality Salon, and maintains activities around the world, including yearly festival offshoots in Mexico City, Barcelona, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Dubai, and San Francisco.