March 26, 2018

Commission | New Work at The Bowes Museum, Durham, UK

Application deadline: Thursday 29 March, 5pm

The Bowes Centre for art, craft and design, in collaboration with Durham Creatives invites proposals for the development of site responsive work through experimental and developmental practice . Up to 10 commissions are available, each worth up to ยฃ2,250. Creative work on commissions will begin in April 2018. The programme will conclude with an exhibition of ideas, held at The Bowes Museum, winter 2018/19.

Applications are invited from artists, designers and makers to respond to, reflect, or interpret the historic collections of the Bowes Museum, its buildings and immediate environment.

For inspiration, many of the museumโ€™s collections and archive material are now available at

Your proposal should communicate an intent to develop ideas through investigative developmental and experimental practice.

Successful applicants will have until October 2018 to deliver their projects. They will submit a final body of work that represents the development of their ideas. This may include sketchbooks, maquettes, experimental practical work, reflective journals, artistโ€™s statements and video etc. All suitable mediums will be considered. The body of physical work should fit into a showcase void approximately 1200 x 600 x 600 mm. There may be opportunities to negotiate the installation of other types of work such as sound based work, projections and larger objects etc. A display of the work generated by this call will form an exhibition of ideas at The Bowes Museum; winter 2018.

Commissioned artists will participate in a two-day residency and professional and project developmental workshops delivered by Durham Creatives. The residency will take place on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th May 2018. During the residency, participants will investigate the Museumโ€™s collection, discuss and develop their ideas and meet the team.

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Commission | New Work at The Bowes Museum, Durham, UK