CALLING ARTISTS WORKING IN ALL DISCIPLINES
OPEN CALL for artist Ideas for 4 major heritage sites in the North, as part of the Volunteer Voices project, run by Newcastle University and Arts&Heritage
Background to the project
Volunteer Voices is a collaborative project between Newcastle University and Arts&Heritage with a group of heritage volunteers who wanted to develop their understanding and knowledge of contemporary art. It has been very successful and for the final part of this project, volunteers are being supported through the process of selecting an artist for a micro-commission for their heritage site. This micro-commission will run very similarly to the Arts&Heritage Blue Sky Museums project of 2020 and will result in 4 artist Ideas for 4 major heritage sites in the north of England.
What Arts&Heritage are looking for
Having looked at the Artist Briefs (below), prepared by the volunteers for their heritage sites, Arts&Heritage want to receive ideas from artists working in any medium. What if there were no limits on your artistic Idea – no practical constraints, no budgets – the Idea doesn’t even need to be technically possible, and can be as simple and/or complicated as you want.
Arts&Heritage are looking for maximum creativity and audacious imagination, and want to receive your imagined artwork in visual, audio, film – or any other form they can display on their website. Don’t think about how it could be made or the cost of it – just send good visuals, film edits, sound files – anything that gives a clear, lively description of your Idea. The response you send Arts&Heritage is, in itself, the artwork, so stretch your imagination and ambition to its fullest. You can find examples of the sort of thing they are looking for on their Blue Sky Museums page.
What happens next
The volunteers will select one Idea per site, and each selected artistic response will receive £500 to be shown on the Arts&Heritage website, as well as promotion. Depending on how you present your initial Idea, Arts&Heritage may ask for additional information in order to present it on their website if your Idea is selected. Arts&Heritage would like to stress that the responses they are inviting will not result in a full-scale commission – this is an opportunity for artists to engage in untethered idea development, without any restrictions.
4 April – applications open
13 May – deadline to receive all applications
10 June – artists informed of volunteers’ selection
24 June – selected ideas displayed online