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30 Jun 2022

We Are Birmingham Residencies:
Call for Artists

We are looking for four West Midlands-based artists to take part in residencies at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The We Are Birmingham display in the Round Room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery was curated as a collaboration between a group of six young women of colour from Don’t Settle and Birmingham Museums. The display presents a vivid celebration of the city that Birmingham is now, as well as aspirations of what the city could become. As part of this project, Don’t Settle and BMT are inviting four artists based in the West Midlands to occupy the museum space and share their practice with the museum visitors.

These residencies will take place in the activity space in the Industrial Gallery. Artists would be able to use tables to set up a mini studio. Your work in the space may be actively making art with traditional methods like drawing or painting, or you may use it for holding meetings or groups, working on a laptop, developing performances, or whatever shape your working practice takes - as long as it is safe to do so within the museum.

All we ask of the residents is three things:

  1. You will commit to being in the gallery space for at least 4 days from 10am – 4pm, excluding a 30-minute break for lunch. And at least one of these days should be during the weekend.
  2. You are responsible for your own materials and that your activities do not put the public, museum or exhibits at risk. You must also follow the museum’s usual health and safety protocol.
  3. You are welcoming to the public who want to talk about what you are doing

Fee: £800.

Dates:  We are planning to host the four residencies on four separate weeks in August and September.

Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday July 17th.

To apply

Please submit the following to emalee.beddoes-davis@birminghammuseums.org.uk by midnight on Sunday 17th June 2022.

  • Up to 2 sides of A4 or a video/audio recording of around 5 minutes about yourself and your work with examples of previous work.
  • Up to 1 side of A4 or a video/audio recording of around 5 minutes about how you would use your time working within the museum space.
  • Please indicate either in your application or your email if there are weeks in August and September when you would be available for at least for days, including one day at the weekend.

The winning proposal will be selected by a panel of judges from BMT and Don’t Settle.

  1. Relevance of artist practice to the themes of the exhibition
  2. Quality and creativity
  3. Viability, safety and accessibility of practice for an in-gallery residency

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the residences, please contact:

Emalee Beddoes-Davis, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museums Trust - emalee.beddoes-davis@birminghammuseums.org.uk

or

Sipho Ndlvou, Programmes Producer at Don’t Settle - sipho@wedontsettle.com

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