Spring/Summer 2020: Micro-commission opportunity

Calling all artists living, working or with a strong connection to Salford
Deadline: Midnight 10th May 2020

We are inviting artists to propose ideas for new content in response to our Collection and to be presented on our website.
There is a fee of £200 per commission (based on AN rates for 1 day freelance work).

We are looking for new work, that might be in written, video, photographic or visual form that adds context to work in our Collection. This might be a reflection on an artwork you or connection you already have with the Collection, or it could be a new interpretation, discussion or response to an artwork or theme you admire – we are looking for original ideas and are open to suggestions.

About us:
The University of Salford Art Collection has existed for over 50 years, and includes over 700 works. We take an ambitious approach to collecting, and work closely with artists at all stages of their careers to commission new work. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, and we regularly work with industry partners across the North West, nationally, and internationally.

Since 2013 we have commissioned and acquired artwork under three key strands:
About the Digital;
From the North;
Chinese Contemporary Art.
Other areas of our collection include: work by our Graduate Scholars; the Albert Adams archive; modern & contemporary prints, & public sculpture
Our website is currently under development, but you can find information about all of our collecting strands and recent work. You can also visit this page for details of previous work, including exhibition catalogues and other resources.

Applications open: Monday 27th April
Deadline for submissions: Sunday 10th May, midnight.
Successful applicants notified: Monday 18th May
Delivery of work due: From 8th June until 8th July

Important information:
This call is designed to support professional practising artists who make some of their living from creative practice, and who may be facing financial hardship during Covid-19. Please consider this if you are thinking of applying. We will not however require any proof of income/hardship from applicants.
Payment is made on a self-employed/freelance basis, applicants will be responsible for all tax and national insurance contributions. No VAT or additional costs will be added.

Please send your details in an email or as an attachment. Please avoid sending very large files that might not reach our mailbox. We cannot accept any submissions that miss the deadline.

By sending your application, you agree to the terms detailed here.

Please email artcollection@salford.ac.uk for any further information.


Send the following to: artcollection@salford.ac.uk
With the email subject header: Micro Commission Opportunity

1) Name
2) Contact information
3) Website, social media, online portfolio and/or up to 3 examples of previous work.
4) Please describe your connection to Salford (30 words)
5) Please describe your practice (50-100 words)
6) Please describe the work/content you propose in response to the brief (50-200 words).

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 10th May, midnight.