The Arts Institute Art Commissions – Covid-19

'Death is a Place', Monica-Shanta. Photograph: Helge Mruck

Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Change is coming. 

No-one expected 2020 to look like this. Covid-19 has affected all our lives in countless ways. Many artists have been adversely affected by the current situation with the loss of employment and commissioning opportunities. Yet, perhaps more than ever, we look to art and culture to provide comfort and respite and to inspire and restore, whether through music, film, theatre, dance, visual arts, reading or storytelling.

The Arts Institute supports the development of new ideas and thinking across art and culture, providing a platform for emerging, mid-career and established artists to test out new positions. As part of this The Arts Institute is launching four art commissions inviting artists working within film, visual arts, performance and spoken word to give voice to the current situation.

Brief

To develop new work that responds to the theme ‘Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Change is coming'.

Each commission invites reflections from artists on the current situation with an emphasis on considering the impact of change, whether at a domestic level or at a global level. Big or small, incremental or fast-paced, we welcome new imaginings and new perspectives that will prompt conversation and discourse, as well as provide a legacy for the future. The outcome from each commission will be presented in a digital format as part of The Art Institute's Legacies & Futures digital programme in Autumn 2020.

There are four commissions, one for each art form:  

  • Visual Arts
  • Film/Moving Image
  • Performance/Dance
  • Spoken Word

Each commission will be £800, with the Performance and Spoken Word divided into two commissions at £400 each. The award includes artist fee, materials, production and all associated expenses. A panel of academics and art professionals will help select artists from each category.

Submissions are now closed.

'We Are Here', Beyond Face. Photograph: Dom Moore Photography

The Arts Institute

The Arts Institute is the wide-ranging public arts programme of the University of Plymouth which plays a pivotal role in building culture and art in the city and South West region, supporting established, new and emerging artists from around the world.

It hosts the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth, The Levinsky Gallery; a diverse range of classic films and contemporary cinematic masterpieces screened in the Jill Craigie Cinema; a cutting-edge theatre and dance programme in The House; musical performances and concerts, and a year-long series of fascinating talks that open up the world of history.

Open to all University of Plymouth students and the public – find out more