Blast! opportunity for artists & curators

July 27, 2017

Jumble Sale, Darlaston Methodist Church, Salter Street, Darlaston, Walsall, 2011 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

We have an exciting opportunity for West Midlands based artists and curators to create new work / exhibition/ performances, collaborating with the communities of the six towns of Sandwell, to be presented as part of Blast! in 2019.

Curators’ Opportunity
Curators are invited to apply for one of six commissions to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on communities, re-imagining and re-presenting work from the Multistory photographic collection. We are interested in receiving applications that present creative approaches to animating our collection, engaging with communities and presenting an exhibition / event / performance that sits within the Blast! Festival in 2019. This opportunity is open to independent curators, artists or collectives based in the West Midlands.

Artists’ Opportunity
Artists are invited to apply for one of six commissions to develop new work for the Blast! Festival in 2019. Artists will be required to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on, and collaborating with, communities identified by Multistory. This opportunity is available to artists working within photography, moving image, digital media and sound. We are open to applications from independent artists or collaborations.

Successful applicants for each opportunity will receive a budget of £5K (inc VAT) for fee and delivery of work; each curator/artist will also be supported by mentoring and professional development, with six master classes / artists talks by professional artists forming part of the programme of support.

Blast! is an ambitious two-year project that will develop, showcase and celebrate exceptional art produced in the borough of Sandwell.

Focusing on photography, moving image, digital media and sound, Blast! will see six flagship weekenders of international and breakthrough artist commissions produced in collaboration with communities and businesses in each of Sandwell’s six distinctive towns, culminating in a festival finale on the streets of West Bromwich in June 2019.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm on Friday 22 September, 2017
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