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Call Out: visual artists with lived experience of migration

An Open Call for The Walk. Deadline: May 16th 2021


Young cartoon girl looking into the distance with the words WALK

We’re thrilled to partner with Deptford X, The Migration Museum and The Walk to announce this opportunity for an ambitious commission by a London-based artist with lived experience of migration.


The commission is for an artist or artist collaboration to create a temporary art work in the public realm that will serve as both stage and prompt for the performances and arrival of The Walk to Deptford, Lewisham, on 22nd October 2021. There will be additional live activities programmed for The Walk’s arrival by the project partners.


Further details can be found below, and we also encourage you to download and read through the open call information document provided at the bottom of this page under application materials.


Open Call

This opportunity is for artists with lived experience of migration who are resident in London. Applications by artists who live in, are connected to, or able to demonstrate connections to Lewisham will also be prioritised.


The commissioned artwork will be central to the welcome provided to Little Amal in her arrival in the London Borough of Lewisham. The selected artist will work closely with the Artistic Director of The Walk, who sets the broader artistic vision of the project as a whole, to develop this commission for the Lewisham stage of the project.


When developing your proposal, you are invited to consider the impact your installation/art work will have on 9 year old Little Amal when she encounters it. As a child, she may well be at once curious, enchanted, bewildered and delighted by the sights, smells and people of Deptford. There will be people to greet and welcome her but how will she interact with your proposed art work? What impression will it leave on her? Amal will have previously arrived in the UK via Folkestone, Dover and Canterbury before stepping foot in London. She will first arrive in Deptford, Lewisham, one of the city’s most diverse and lively neighbourhoods. Her first impression of London will be Deptford on market day, and your artwork.

Submission Criteria

  • Applicants will need a flexible and collaborative approach to the creative process.

  • This opportunity is for artists with lived experience of migration.

  • Applicants must be resident in London.

  • Applications by artists who live in, are connected to, or able to demonstrate connections to, Lewisham will also be prioritised

  • Proposals must demonstrate how the artwork is relevant to the context and people of Lewisham.

  • Applicants must explain how they will use research and workshops to develop the work in the context of Lewisham.

  • Applicants must explain how the finished artwork can be engaged or interacted with by both Little Amal / The Walk and residents of Lewisham.

Application Process

We welcome applications with different language backgrounds and different access needs. We also welcome applications by video or audio recording. Please get in touch with Deptford X to discuss any application or access needs. We will be happy to accommodate: admin@deptordx.org


You will be asked to answer the following questions and supply the information listed below via the Online Application Form linked below:


  • Name, email address and telephone number

  • Submit up to 5 artworks – documentation or full works if digital.

  • Summarise your proposal in 50 words or less.

  • A proposal of up to 500 words describing the work you would like to make.

  • Up to 300 words explaining how both residents of Lewisham and Little Amal / The Walk will interact with your artwork.

  • Up to 300 words explaining how you will use research and workshops to develop your work in the context of Lewisham.

  • Link to your website or social media where we can see examples of your work.

  • A CV (up to two sides of A4) OR a short biography telling us about your past artistic and engagement experience and artistic practice (no more than 300 words).

  • A completed monitoring form. This will be processed separately from your application and will not affect your eligibility for the opportunity.


Please note that we do not expect applicants to have attended formal arts education but do need to see evidence of past artistic projects and practice.

Application Materials

Open Call Information


Online Application Form


Large Text MS Word Application Form (English)

Timeline:

The project will run from June 2021 until 22nd October 2021


Deadline for applications: Midnight 16th May 2021


Research: Context, partnerships and narrative: June – July


Collaborative workshops with local groups: July – August


Artwork developed and confirmed: August – September


Project delivery: October 22nd 2021


Applicants will need a flexible and collaborative approach to the creative process. This opportunity is for artists with lived experience of migration who are resident in London. Applications by artists who live in, are connected to, or able to demonstrate connections to Lewisham will also be prioritised.


Young cartoon girl looking into the distance with the words WALK

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