Sex Workers’ Art Show Tour 2008

This is the official call for submissions for the 2008 SWAS tour! Anyone who has worked in the sex industry is encouraged to apply: porn stars, strippers, escorts, dommes, webcam girls (and boys), hookers, etc. Spread this around, post it on your blog, tell everyone you know. And feel free to contact us with questions!

THE SHOW:

The Sex Workers’ Art Show is a cabaret-style evening of visual and performance art created by people who work in the sex industry to dispel the myth that we are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses! The artwork and performances offer a wide range of perspectives on sex work. The show hopes through its diversity of viewpoints to move beyond “positive” and “negative” into a fuller articulation of the complicated ways sex workers experience our jobs and our lives. You can read more about the show at www.sexworkersartshow.com.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

Sex trade workers are in a unique position to observe the freaky dynamics of capitalism, desire, ownership, gender, and race. We are looking for hilarious, disturbing, challenging, entertaining, accessible work that addresses these issues. Or, you know, whatever else. You don’t have to be an experienced performer to apply! We’re interested in a range of mediums- spoken word, burlesque, music, video and performance art of all kinds. It is important to us to include performers from all over the world: non-US residents are encouraged to apply!

THE DEAL:

The tour is happening late January through early March 2008. It hits approximately 30 cities nationwide, in a bit over a month. Venues will be varied, from small clubs and galleries to large theaters and college campuses. We’ll be traveling in two new vans, staying in hotels. There will be eight performers, a technical director and road crew along. Pay is $3500/performer, plus lodging, transportation (including flights), and some meals. Staff will be provided to sell performers’ merchandise.

SUBMITTING:

People who are working or have worked in the sex industry are invited to submit any kind of visual or performance art. Pieces should be no more than 12 minutes long. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Please email info@sexworkersartshow.com for more information.

Thanks everyone! Please spread the word and forward this!

2 Responses

  1. […] admin wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptAnyone who has worked in the sex industry is encouraged to apply: porn stars, strippers, escorts, dommes, webcam girls (and boys), hookers, etc. Spread this around, post it on your blog, tell everyone you know. … […]

  2. I’ve been missing in action because I feel like you folks have got the bases covered, but I had to step up on another discussion recently.

    I”m not on the SWAS tour this year (i’m running my own business and working insane amounts of hours and my life is totally different than it was when I started blogging and posting), but I was last year, and the debate about the show continues:

    http://chronicle.com/news/article/3832/yes-virginia-there-will-be-a-sex-workers-art-show

    http://www.nbc12.com/news/state/15042116.html

    Last year we were denounced by the 700 Club, and Bill O’Reilly actually showed video of me while he was talking about how terrible it was that this show was allowed. I have to say I take some pride in that.

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