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Black History Month 2022 artist commission

Black History Month 2022 Commission

Open call for Black artists

‘a space’ arts are pleased to welcome Expressions of Interest for a new commission at their flagship venue God’s House Tower in partnership with BHM South, to mark Black History Month 2022.

God’s House Tower (GHT) is a truly fascinating and unique heritage site. Despite its colourful history and prominent location, GHT it is a building without a collection. The heritage is in its walls and in the diverse and compelling stories of people who have passed through the building and the city beyond. Stories that blur the lines between fact and fiction, hidden histories and hearsay.

This commission is an opportunity for an artist to delve into these stories and fluid and ever-changing history and function of GHT and presents an expanded opportunity for an artist to explore Southampton’s Old Town heritage and its Black History. The building is the one constant throughout time and its empty space could also provide an opportunity for an artist to build an imagined heritage, drawing on fact and fiction at will.

The £3,000 budget will need to cover all the costs of the commission, including artist fees, travel and expenses. Please note the budget must include VAT.

God’s House Tower is inviting responses from Black artists for this opportunity.
Please send an Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words, briefly outlining your practice and how you feel it relates to God’s House Tower alongside an outline of your idea for a new work (this does not have to be detailed, but please keep descriptions succinct and in clear and accessible language) and up to 8 jpg images of recent work or a link to your website to Mia Delve at by 5pm on 24th January 2022.

A small shortlisting team will look at Expressions of Interest and shortlist two ideas that we will fund to be developed into a full proposal.

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