House of Commons Artist in Residence

Opportunity Closing Date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art seeks to commission a UK-based creative practitioner to undertake a residency to create six new works, through participatory community workshops, relating to the development of race discrimination legislation. These works will be displayed during October/November 2018 within the participating local communities, and early in 2019 in the Houses of Parliament. At the end of the residency the practitioner will have the opportunity to develop a proposal for a piece of art suitable for permanent display in Parliament and acquisition into the Parliamentary Art Collection.

The residency is to mark the campaign for, and the passing of early race discrimination legislation in 1965, 1968 and 1976, it will reflect and celebrate:

the growth of an inclusive democracy;
the people who campaigned and fought for the changes of legislation;
the experience of the generations who, empowered by the legislation, continued to campaign.
Practitioners working in the areas of fine art, iPad/digital art, photography, design or craft with experience in both exhibition and community-based practice are invited to apply before 12 noon on April 12th 2017. A fee of £25,000 is available.

The principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the House of Commons Service. Applications from all suitably qualified people are welcome. Parliament would particularly welcome applications from BAME practitioners who both reflect the participants for this programme and are currently under-represented within the Parliamentary Art Collection’s programme.