Mural: Open Call for Online Commissions

Opportunity Closing Date: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018 (All day)

Open Call for Online Commissions

This is a call for work from Artists to test and explore the potential for the Mural online platform as a tool for artists. We are offering €250.00 commission opportunities for artists to spend a day experimenting with the platform and producing a small story. If you are successful we will contact you with login details and a set of instructions. Successful projects will be used to showcase what is possible with Mural. Final work will be shared via the ISIS Arts Website



Mural is an exciting new online platform that simplifies the presentation of visually rich, engaging stories online. The partnership between the Mural development team and ISIS Arts has grown from the use of an early version of the platform to share artwork and stories from CORNERS, a multi partner European project. ISIS Arts are the UK partner for CORNERS and developed the CORNERS Live platform as an exciting hybrid exhibition, broadcast and collaborative online space for artists and global audiences to connect and share their experiences. Go to: to see an example of how it can be used.

ISIS Arts are now partnering with the Mural team as an Innovation Partner to test Mural as useful tool for artists and cultural organisations. At its simplest Mural is a digital storytelling platform that expands upon a journalistic format known as ‘longform’, and can combine audio, still image, text and video in a full-screen format. But we are excited to see what other possibilities the platform offers in the hands of creative practitioners.


About ISIS Arts

For over 25 years ISIS Arts has run an international programme of commissions, residencies and events that capture and reveal the stories that unite us. Stories about our places and our communities. Stories that shape our identities. We are based in Newcastle but work globally and have led projects within 29 countries in the last 5 years, supporting over 47 international residencies. We are producers of extraordinary temporary art for public spaces, both physical and virtual. From the intimate to the spectacular, our commissions explore the relationships between the communities who use the space and their socio-political environments. Within the North East we initiate commissions that give a voice to marginalised communities, working with visual and media artists whose contemporary practice questions or exposes global or local conditions that shape society today.


Selection criteria

This call is open to all artists, technologists and digital makers regardless of nationality, age, or career stage.

We are looking for a simple piece, an idea, a sketch or a simple story. We are looking for something that can start a conversation, spark a new idea or a better understanding of something you think more people should know about. This can include film, an animation, a slideshow, a drawing, audio, written and/or spoken work. We are also open to new ways of experimenting with the way work is shown and shared online. We will share login details and instructions with successful artists and the commissions will be completed remotely. We can provide some support, but it is expected that you have a degree of competency with multimedia tools and platforms.



There is a one-off commission fee of €250.00 (to include research and all stages of production for the work). This is a micro commission opportunity which is reflected in the fee. It is intended to cover one day's work so please bear that in mind when submitting your proposal. It is a way for us to test the platform and get to know you as we continue to develop Mural.


How to apply

Please submit your application online via the opportunities section of the ISIS Arts Website:


Please send the following information:

  • Title and description of commission proposal for Mural (150 words maximum)
  • 3 links to past work and a link to your website if you have one.
  • Relevant bio - 50 words
  • Contact details


Key Dates - 2018

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 25th February

Successful Artists notified by: Wednesday 28th February

Deadline for submission of final works: Wednesday 28th March


Successful Artists will be notified via email. Unfortunately, we cannot notify all unsuccessful applicants.


Image Credit: Lucyna Kolendo, from Voiceover for CORNERS of Europe.

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