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Artist Commission - Building for Belonging


We are looking for a young, early career Artist to join us for a new project, Building for Belonging, funded by Birmingham City Council's Next Generation Commissioning Fund. This is a fantastic opportunity for a young creative to work alongside professional artists working in a community youth arts setting whilst also creating their own piece of work in response to the project's processes and themes of home, belonging and the built environment.

The final commissioned work will be exhibited in the Building for Belonging exhibition in January 2019. The Artist will receive support and guidance from The GAP team as well as use of The GAP’s resources for the production of work, including space and equipment.


About the project:

Building for Belonging will engage young people aged 11 – 25 living in the Balsall Heath area to explore the concept of 'Home' through a range of creative media workshops. Examples include re-using waste materials to create architectural designs & models, creative urban walking and map-making of the local area, and designing a poster campaign on housing issues using collage and printmaking. The project will finish in January 2019 with a 4-week public exhibition of the work produced by the project participants and the commissioned Artist.



  • To attend all workshop sessions taking place over the half term holidays (between 29th October - 4th November)

  • Assist in the preparation and facilitation of these sessions, whilst reflecting on how their content might inform your own commissioned creative response

  • Independently develop your own artwork inspired by the project workshops and its themes, in an art form of your choosing


Person Specification:


  • Be aged 18 – 25 (inclusive)

  • Have an interest in the themes and/or art forms being explored within the project

  • Have a pre-existing creative practice in any art form (visual arts, design, writing, photography, film, etc...)

  • Be confident and willing to actively engage with children and young people in a workshop setting

  • Have the initiative, dedication and confidence to independently work towards a brief

  • Have excellent organisation and ability to work to a deadline

  • Be a proactive, creative & reflective thinker and doer

  • Have good communication with people of different ages and backgrounds


  • Ideally you will live in or around Balsall Heath, or have some pre-existing connection to the area


How to apply:

Please apply by sending the following to with the subject heading ‘Artist Commission Application’ -

  • A covering letter detailing your interest in the role, relevant skills and experience.

  • A brief proposal for the commission, suggesting how your creative practice would tie into the project and initial ideas for what form your commissioned artworkmighttake.

  • Images, website, blog or other attachments showcasing examples of your creative work.

  • An up-to-date CV.

Application deadline: 1 October 2018

Interview date: 10th October 2018

Start date: 29 October 2018

Commission deadline: 9 January 2019

Fee: £500 (to cover research, production and materials). Workspace provided.

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