Contemporary Art Commission Open Call

Deadline: 10/07/2020  |  Published: 27/04/2020  |  Venue: Beverley Treasure House  |  City: Beverley  |  Region: East Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Lauren Frost

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The East Riding Visual Arts Uplift is proud to announce yet another contemporary artistic commission in collaboration with Beverley Treasure House for the year 2020. There is an all inclusive commission fee of £8,000 available to the shortlisted artist to create a piece of contemporary artwork that is site specific and fits the below artistic brief.

It is envisaged the piece will be installed on site at Beverley Treasure House in October 2020 for a two month duration with the potential for an accompanying workshop/talk from the artist. 

This commission is a part of the East Riding Visual Arts Uplift’s commitment to showcasing and integrating contemporary art into the region.

**Please note that due to the current Covid-19 implications these timescales may be altered accordingly but will be done so in discussion and agreement of both the artist and the venue.**


We have decided not to set a restricting theme, we want artists to have free rein over the ideas they submit to us. However, we are keen that the artworks respond where possible to the heritage and surroundings of the local area.

The work proposed and produced must be contemporary art that is both challenging and of a high quality. We want artists to add their own style, create something that showcases what they do as an artist to intrigue the audience and bring a taste of contemporary visual art to the East Riding. 

The piece must work in the specified space link to images here - Space Image Link . We do not have the option of flexibility to site the piece elsewhere and so you must show that you have responded to the allocated location. 

The duration of the piece should remain in place for around two months to give our audience the opportunity to view and experience the offerings. This can be discussed with the artist and an agreement reached. 

As mentioned above there is scope for an accompanying workshop/talk to be staged alongside the main commissioned piece, this is not an expectation of the artist; merely an extended opportunity. Though, we would be interested to work with artists who would be willing to commit to a workshop or talk relating their artistic practices. A key element of the Visual Arts Uplift aims is to break down the barrier between the public and contemporary art, providing a barrier free interaction between the creator would prove an ideal route to achieve this.  

The commission has a fixed fee of £8,000 inc. all travel/accommodation expenses and materials. Beverley Treasure House expects to loan the finished piece in for the duration of the exhibition, but not to own the finished work. We would expect to use images of the work in promotional material for the exhibition and during the display itself. We would expect the artist to come to the opening of the exhibition. 

Additional fees have been retained for site logistics and installation/display needs of the piece.

Please Note: Your idea must be feasible, both in terms of budget and practicality

How the commission will work:

Below is an outline of how the commission will run:


  • Open Call is released


  • Selection to be staged 
  • Artists to be informed of decision and successful applicant contracted 
  • Successful applicant invited for a site visit with the venue to look at any logistics 

July - September 

  • Piece build
  • Accompanying exhibition/workshop/talk logistics finalised 


  • Piece installed on site 
  • Launch of the commission

Criteria for submission:

  • Your work must be safely constructed for displaying to the public.
  • The venue is open during daylight hours. Light based installations will not be suitable.
  • The piece is to be installed in October (Ideally the W/C 7th October), for a set duration of time (two months) - This may change due to current government restrictions.
  • Temporary, high quality contemporary artwork that will excite, inspire and entertain a diverse audience of all ages.
  • It is essential that you think through how your piece will be realised in terms of practicality and budget.
  • The funding available for this commission is £8,000. This is an all inclusive fee that includes the artistic fee, travel, accommodation and materials.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
10th July 2020
How many works can I submit?
When is the delivery date?
October 2020
How much does it cost?
Free to enter
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Press releases, online exposure, photographer, videographer etc
Do I need to be present?
Not necessarily
Where will my work be shown?
Across various website platforms and physical outlets
How do you decide on proposals?
A selection committee is formed to choose the artist for the commission
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
See the description for the project breakdown
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Contemporary art - see description

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