ARTIST OPEN CALL with PAID commission



We’re inviting artists of all ages to submit a work as part of a ground-breaking public art initiative; to be reproduced at scale and displayed for millions to see in public spaces across the UK.

Our goal is to build a new and ambitious cultural institution without walls, and to generate a national conversation through art about the important questions of our time. Produced by Artichoke and conceived in collaboration with artist Martin Firrell, this initiative is supported by the Out-of-Home* industry.

The theme for the first exhibition is Straight White Male.
- What does it mean to be straight, white and male in 2022?
- How does this statement make you feel? Do you relate in any way with the theme, and if so, what would you like to say about that?
- Alternatively, does the theme sit uneasily with you and how would you wish to challenge it?

We’re inviting artists to respond to the theme, with the aim of commissioning 9 artists working in varying mediums and from diverse backgrounds with widely differing views about the central theme.

Prize Summary: 
£2,000 comission
Prizes Details: 

Commissioned artists receive:
• A fee of £2,000
• Support from Creative Director and lead artist Martin Firrell
• Support from our exhibition Curator
• An international platform to exhibit your work
• Inclusion in the Digital Programme
• The services of a designer to format your artwork for digital and print
• Costs of production, mounting, and leasing of the advertising spaces
• Photographic documentation of your artwork displayed outdoors
• Scheduled online meet-ups with fellow contributing artists and team
• Participation in online discussion regarding making art for the public realm
• Invitation to exhibition launch (July 2022) including travel and accommodation
• Introduction to appropriate networks to support future exhibitions and showings of your artwork

A wider shortlist of approximately 20-30 artists will also feature in our Digital Programme and their artwork will be showcased on the project website and our digital channels.


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