Artist Call: Flag It Up #2

dot-art and Bruntwood Works are delighted to announce the launch of the second open call for the Flag It Up project. To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021, this time our theme is equality and we are asking Liverpool City Region artists to design a flag to celebrate this.

Flag It Up is a partnership between dot-art and Bruntwood Works to create an exciting new platform for public art in Liverpool – using flags! The selected artists receive a fee of £500 and a one year artist membership with dot-art.

The flagpole is mounted on the Grade II listed Exchange Court, 1 Dale Street, built in 1858 for the Liverpool and London Insurance Company and currently home to RBS. The large central flagpole, which is mounted above the main entrance and rises to the second floor, was unused for many years. This project aims to bring it back to life with a newly commissioned contemporary artwork flown as a flag, every 6 months.

In September 2020, we launched an open call for artists based in the Liverpool City Region to design the first flag, which was in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Sumuyya Khader, an artist working in a multiplicity of ways within the sector working with major institutions, projects, publishers, social enterprises and artist-led groups, was selected. Her practice is a combination of illustration, drawing and print works that predominantly explore place and identity. Her work, entitled “Black, We Exist” currently flies from the Dale Street flagpole.

Now we are asking artists to create a new work in response to International Women’s Day and issues around gender equality. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement? Raise awareness against bias? Take action for equality?

Instructions for Artists

  • To apply, please complete the submission form here: https://form.jotform.com/dotart/flag-it-up-2
  • You will NOT need to produce a full design, just samples of previous work and any ideas you have of how you would approach the commission.
  • The selected artist will need to produce a completely new and original piece of work.
  • The final artwork will need to be suitable for reproduction on a 10×6 foot / 305x182cm flag and have visual impact from ground level.
  • The original art work and copyright will remain the property of the artist.

The deadline for submissions is midnight Sunday 4th April.