Format Festival Gateway Design
Application deadline: May 21, 2022
In fall 2022, Northwest Arkansas will host FORMAT, a new annual festival dedicated to music, art, and technology, bringing together world-renowned musical acts and international artists in the heart of the Ozarks. The inaugural FORMAT festival will take place in Bentonville from September 23–25, and is expected to have over 15,000 attendees. FORMAT seeks proposals from Arkansas-based artists for an entryway gate to the festival site, a natural landing strip enclosed by a ravine and wooded hills, located five minutes from downtown Bentonville. The gate will be the first touchpoint for visitors to the festival, and should represent the vibrant artistic spirit of the region, placing the chosen artist’s work in dialogue with projects by some of the most respected and well-known artists in the world. Artists are asked to create designs that can be affixed to a scaffolding archway, which the festival producer (C3 Presents) will fabricate and install based on the artist’s design. The selected artist will be compensated $3,000 and will also receive 2 VIP passes to the Festival for the weekend. Additionally, the selected artist will be included in the festival's preview release, have a spotlight on the FORMAT website, and be included on an Instagram post.