Wakefield Museums & Castles - Call for artists

Deadline: 26/07/2021  |  Published: 13/07/2021  |  Venue: South Elmsall Library  |  City: South Elmsall, Pontefract  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Leah Mellors

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Wakefield Museums & Castles is inviting artists working in all disciplines to submit proposals to develop a new co-produced installation at the South Elmsall Library museum hub. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with local people to discover and interpret their stories in an innovative and visually exciting way.

Our museum hubs are bitesize changing exhibitions located at the heart of communities. These vibrant displays aim to gain the trust of a new audience by demonstrating our commitment to preserving and sharing their heritage.

The hubs consist of a display case to hold museum objects, items lent by the community, or new artworks; graphic panels explaining the displays and their contents; a screen for audio visual content e.g. films, image slideshows; and interactive content e.g. comment cards, hands-on activities.

The South Elmsall Library museum hub was installed in 2017 as part of our ambition to engage with people from every Wakefield district postcode. The hub represents the south east of the Wakefield district, an area which has traditionally seen low levels of cultural engagement.

The successful artist will:

  • Identify and recruit community participants from South Elmsall and the south east of the Wakefield district.
  • Facilitate participants to develop content for the display that tells an engaging story about South Elmsall’s history and/or contemporary identity.
  • Work with participants to create and install an innovative installation in the hub showcase, with accompanying interpretation, including audio/visual and interactive content where appropriate.
  • Use environmentally friendly, sustainable materials and methods wherever possible.


We are open to artists using a wide range of art forms and media, who have experience of working successfully with community groups. We are keen to ensure the brief is not prescriptive and that the response from artists is imaginative and broad, drawing upon the strengths of the individual artists themselves and the interests of the community participants. 

It is vital that the project is firmly rooted in the people and stories of South Elmsall, shining a new light and perspective on this area of the district. It should provide a platform for the communities of South Elmsall to share what makes their town unique. 

There is an available budget of up to £4000 for this project. This budget is inclusive of the artist’s time and expenses and all materials, with the exception of the production of the graphic panels and any marketing material, which will be organised and paid for by Wakefield Museums & Castles. 

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
We are open to artists working in any discipline, but artists should be able to demonstrate experience of co-producing and working with communities.
When is the deadline?
Monday 26th July 2021, 9am
When is the delivery date?
The artist will be appointed in August 2021 and the display will be installed in November 2021. There is flexibility in this timescale, particularly if necessary to recruit and co-produce with community partners.

Once installed, the display will run for at least a year.
Are there payments to artists?
There is an available budget of up to £4000 for this project.

This budget is inclusive of the artist’s time and expenses and all materials, with the exception of the production of the graphic panels and any marketing material, which will be organised and paid for by Wakefield Museums & Castles.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Monday: 9:30am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 1pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm
Sunday: Closed
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes
How do you decide on proposals?
Interviews will be held via Zoom call on Friday 30 July 2021.

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