Commission opportunities for Black Artists/Practitioners, Blaze Arts

Commission opportunities for Black Artists/Practitioners, Blaze Arts

  • Closes 22nd July 2020
  • Type Part time
  • Salary Paid (£10k-15k pro rata)
  • Contact Hannah Whitlow

The Festival of Hope is a celebration of hope and heritage led by young people working in collaboration with museums around the North West. The festival is produced by Blaze and will take place in two stages: distanced and digital delivery in July and August 2020 followed by live events later in the year.

The Festival of Hope is part of Curious Minds’ Hope Streets Project. Over five years (2018-2023), five museum partners (The Atkinson, Southport; Bolton Museum; Lancashire Museums; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle; and West Cheshire Museums) will transform the ways in which they are working with young people. Hope Streets has been made possible thanks to a grant from National Lottery Heritage Fund and is part of their Kick the Dust Programme.

We are looking to commission two Black artists, practitioners, creatives or collectives to respond to our brief. One commission is for an emerging artist (within first ten years of your career) and one for an advanced practitioner (10+ years’ experience).

We are interested in what stories are currently being told about our heritage and those that aren’t. This could be about viewing the past through a different lens, or exploring the retelling of stories, unearthing and exposing truths, in order for people to rethink what they have previously been told.

We want to use our platform to educate, keep the conversation going and demand change.

We hope that the commissions will explore heritage and celebrate cultures that are often left out of museums. The commission will encourage growth and changes of opinion.

For full information and to apply please visit our website:

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