Reckoning with Refugeedom - Artist Commission

ArtReach, producers of Journeys Festival International, are seeking applications from artists from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, working in any creative medium, to produce new work in response to the ‘hidden voices’ of refugees and displaced people in history. The artwork will respond to and be inspired by research and historical documentation gathered from global archives.

The successful artist or artists group will get the opportunity to work closely with researchers from the University of Manchester and have access to a wealth of research material to draw from. They will be paired with a professional creative mentor to support their development of the artistic response. The final work will be presented nationally at each edition of Journeys Festival International 2019 (Leicester in August, Manchester in October and Portsmouth also in October).

Journeys Festival International aims to celebrate and highlight the extraordinary and powerful artwork, music, creativity, culture and experiences that refugee artists bring to the UK. It works across a wide range of creative media and disciplines to showcase the exceptional talent of local, national and international refugee artists into the public eye.

Commission Details and how to apply

The successful applicant will receive:

  • An Artist fee of £3000 will be paid to the successful applicant

  • Support from a creative mentor in a relevant field

  • Travel and accommodation

  • Documentation and marketing support for the project

  • Project Management support from ArtReach production team

  • Performances or presentations of the work in Manchester, Leicester and Portsmouth with festival partners

Applications must be from artists from refugee backgrounds or refugee led artists groups or companies currently based in the UK.

Proposals can be for the creation of a new artwork in any artistic form such as but not limited to; visual art, moving image, digital, performance, theatre, music,installation or multi art form projects.

Proposals will be assessed by members of the ArtReach and University of Manchester teams on following criteria:

  • Originality and innovation

  • Response and relevance to the brief

  • Artist’s track record and quality of previous work.

To apply please submit an application in PDF format, no longer than 5 pages and include the following:

  • Detailed project proposal highlighting how your proposed piece of work responds to the wider themes and research of the Reckoning with Refugeedom project. (Examples of research material below - these are provided to show the types of research that may be discovered during these project)

  • Brief development timeline

  • Budget breakdown

  • Details of other relevant projects including images

  • Artists CV / Track Record with links to websites or videos hosted on line

  • You may also include concept sketches or diagrams where necessary

Please email your submission to no later than 12:00 noon on Monday 15th April 2019

If you would like any further information please contact Dan Williamson (ArtReach Producer for JFI Manchester) at or on 0161 2734 090.

Further information about the approach of ‘Reckoning with Refugeedom’.

See links here: Project Background Research Examples

Brief in full PDF

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