14 Jan 2020

Cut, Copy, Remix:
Call for Artists

In April 2020 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Black Hole Club and Cold War Steve will be coming together to explore the creative potential of Birmingham Museums Trust’s Digital Image Resource Birmingham Museums Trust is the only collection in the UK that is making all out-of-copyright artworks available for free under a Creative Commons Zero License (CC0). 

The collection is one of the city’s greatest cultural assets and a priceless resource for learning, engagement and creativity. It consists of around 800,000 objects, displayed and stored in Birmingham Museums Trust’s nine venues. Over 3500 of these objects are now available as free digital images, with more being added every week.

We want to celebrate this amazing resource and support artists to use the images to inspire new work and are asking for artists working in expanded digital fields to propose an intervention that responds to images from the Digital Image Resource or to the resource itself in some way. We are open to a creative engagement of what the term digital means to you. It may be the work you submit is made as wholly digital practice or is realised with digital processes/programes contributing to the final work.

The successful proposal will be commissioned to make the proposed work for a £1000 fee and will have access to a £200 production budget. If suitable for long-term installation, the artwork/s will be displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as a gallery intervention until Autumn 2020.

To enter please submit the following to  by midnight on Monday 10th February 2020.

  • A proposal of between 1 and 4 sides of A4 or a video/audio recording of around 5 minutes.
  • Up to 2 sides of A4 or a video/audio recording of around 5 minutes about yourself and your practice with examples of previous work.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Emalee Beddoes-Davis (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museums Trust),

The winning proposal will be selected by a panel of judges (Cathy Wade, Emalee Beddoes-Davis, Cold War Steve and Lara Ratnaraja) who will consider the following:

  1. The originality and skill of the proposed project
  2. The quality of response to Birmingham Museums Trust’s Digital Image Resource.
  3. The viability of the proposed work to be completed for the project launch date
  4. The practicality/flexibility of the work for safe display within the museum space

The project will be officially launched at an event in the Round Room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in April (provisional date Saturday 18th April 2020) showcasing new work by Cold War Steve and the winning artist, alongside a workshop developed by members of *Black Hole Club. 

A response to the project will accompany the launch of Black Hole Club 2020 Cohort during Digbeth First Friday on the 1st of May in Vivid Projects. 

*Black Hole Club is an artist's development programme based at Vivid Projects that supports artists in the West Midlands. Participants are encouraged to explore networks, collaboration and new areas of practice including: digital art, live performance, experimental audio, film and video, animation and computer-generated art.