Call for Artists’ Proposals



Call for Artists’ Proposals


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Bedford Creative Arts, in partnership with The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford is seeking proposals from artists or artists’ groups for a major new commission in 2013, in response to our artistic theme for 2013: OURS – what we have in common and what makes something our own?

The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum is nearing the end of a £5.8m redevelopment project with ‘People, Place, Collections’ the theme and narrative arc that runs through their approach to the new galleries and displays.  Proposals should respond to the specific identity of this institution, its collections, the town of Bedford and the people who live, work and visit there.

A a commission fee of £5,000 is available for the chosen artist or artists group, with an additional budget of £5,000 available for materials, resources and the delivery of specific events and activities. There will also be the opportunity to work with us to identify and secure additional funds and resources in order for the commission to reach its full potential.

We expect participative events and activities for local communities and identified target groups to begin in July 2013. These activities should be integral to the commission and lead to sustained collaborative relationships with participants throughout late summer/autumn 2013. This shared artistic process must result in a new high profile artistic outcome to be revealed in December 2013.  For examples of outcomes of recent Bedford Creative Arts commissions please browse this website.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 4th March 2013, 12 noon GMT

For further information, a full artist’s brief and details of how to apply, download the pdf. Candidates must read the full brief before making an application.

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