Freelance Vacancies

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Freelance Vacancies

Open Call for Digital Artist based in Birmingham 

Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) in partnership with Dhaka-based new media project BLKBX (produced by Nafis Ahmed), is seeking to commission an artist living or working in Birmingham to create a new digital artwork. The artist should have some existing experience working with digital media and ideally have Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage. Early stage career artists are encouraged to apply. 

The artwork produced should focus on Birmingham-based experiences of the COVID 19 pandemic and its’ after effects. The creative process should incorporate an exchange with Ahmed, who is creating his own digital artwork focusing on a Dhaka-based view of the pandemic. His artwork will be focused on the theme of dystopia and the social inequalities and injustices laid bare and deepened by the pandemic. There will also be the opportunity to draw inspiration from BMT’s own archive Life in Lockdown that documents the experiences of Birmingham people during the pandemic.

This will form part of the Transforming Narratives project which aims to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary Pakistani and Bangladeshi arts, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The project is managed by Culture Central, supported by Arts Council England and delivered in association with The British Council.

Background

This project will form part of a Digital Collaborative Grant awarded through the Transforming Narratives project. These grants will enable opportunities for connection and collaboration between creative and cultural practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh, particularly in relation to creative responses to the questions raised for society by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project is led by Nafis Ahmed, a Dhaka- based new media artist. His current practice focuses on the discipline of immersive media using synchronised and interactive storytelling. He develops thematic live audio and visual productions, merging them into a digital mixed-media format with elements of audio-visual art, motion and lighting technology. His artistic moniker is BLKBX.

Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) is a partner on the Transforming Narratives project. The organisation is responsible for managing and developing Birmingham’s collection of over 1 million objects and artworks. It has a strong digital presence - in 2019/20 its web pages attracted 1,277,249 visitors and has 229,629 followers on social media. During the height of the global pandemic all its 9 museum sites were closed to the public and most staff, resulting in an increased emphasis on and development of digital outputs. 

Budget 

  • £1000 artists bursary for creation of the artwork
  • £650 available for materials or software to produce the artwork but cannot be used for hardware or utility bills.
Timescale
  • Start date no later than Monday 26th October
  • Artwork should be available for premier by Friday 18th December
  • Project will complete at end December 2020
Outputs
  • Creation and sharing of a new digital artwork of approximately 10 minutes in length. The format of that artwork must be discussed and agreed with project partners in advance but could be anything from an augmented reality experience to a short film, a zine to a live performance.
  • The artwork produced must be deliverable to the public through digital channels. Working with the artist, BMT will premiere the artwork via their digital platforms. This artwork and event must also be available to be promoted and shared through Culture Central and British Council digital platforms.
  • The artist must be available to participate via a digital platform in two closed discussions with Bangladeshi artist, Nafis Ahmed and where appropriate BMT staff
  • The artists must participate via a digital platform in premiere of both artworks incorporating public Q&A sessions. Note that these will be recorded and made available to the public until the end December 2020.
  • The artist should submit a short report (500-1000 words) at the end of the project
  • Potential for display of the artwork (dependent on format and delivery) for display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
How to apply
  • Artists statement telling us about your practice (this could be a link to a selfie video of up to 2 minutes in length or a written statement of up to 500 words)
  • CV including links to examples of previous projects / work
  • Statement on what this opportunity means to you, how it relates to your lived experiences and any ideas you have for your project (this could be a link to a selfie video of up to 2 minutes in length or a written statement of up to 500 words)

For enquiries or to submit your application please contact Rebecca Bridgman rebecca.bridgman@birminghammuseums.org.uk  and Nafis Ahmed nafisislive@gmail.com by Friday 9th October 2020. Please cite ‘Digital Collaboration’ in your subject line.

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