Freelance Artist Commission (Windrush)

Submitted by MuseumofOxford on May 15, 2024 - 14:18
Salary / Fee: 
£4,000 fee to include all travel and expenses
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 22 May, 2024
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Background:
The Oxford Windrush Working Group is a partnership of community organisations, arts and cultural partners and Oxford Brookes University, who work together to share the stories of Windrush experiences in Oxford and raise awareness of the impact of the Windrush Generation.

Our partnership has been awarded funding from the Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2024, for a free-to-all public engagement programme, part of which is to commission a local artist from the community to work with young people on a celebratory project.

The Commission:
We would like to commission an artist to work with young people aged 8 to 16 years old in Oxford to create an artistic response to the experiences of the Windrush Generation in Oxford. The commission should foster a sense of pride in the Black heritage of Oxford and increase public awareness of the contribution the Windrush Generation has made to Oxford.

The theme of this year’s programme is Women of the Windrush, and the commission should include this theme in its work.

The artist will work with groups of young people in schools and youth groups, and will deliver across a number of days with different groups including at least the following:
• 2 family days at the Pitt Rivers Museum in May half term holidays on the Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May 1-4pm
• Additional holiday activities for other groups in other locations during May half term holidays (Saturday 25th May – Sunday 2nd June)
• Engagement at the public event in Templars Square on Saturday 22 June 2024, 11am - 3pm
• A local primary School
• The Black Excellence Project Saturday group

The artist will also contribute to a film created by a local film maker about the project, the marketing team to promote the activities to the public, and to collect evaluation for the final project report.

We are also happy hear from a consortium of artists, or to accept proposals that include sub-commissions with other artists, particularly young and emerging artists.

Fee: Up to £4,000:
Working flexibly to meet the requirements of the brief, there is a fee of up to £4,000 for this commission.

There is an additional budget of up to £1200 for materials and room/venue hire, to be discussed with the commissioned artist.

This work is offered as a freelance contract, for a fixed fee including VAT and all expenses. The appointed individual will be responsible for all tax, national insurance etc.

Key dates:
May: recruitment for Artist commission; agree project delivery timetable, session delivery starts
June: Session delivery
July: August: Public sharing of project outcomes
August: Evaluation reporting and final film edits

To Apply:
Please submit your proposal for the project, outlining your proposal and experience, to Kate Toomey by email to ktoomey@oxford.gov.uk, by 5pm on Wednesday 22 May 2024. Please mark the subject line WINDRUSH 2024 ARTIST PROPOSAL

You can submit your proposal in writing or as a short film, but please ensure you include
• examples of your previous work relevant to this commission
• how you will use the theme of Women of the Windrush and the archival material the group holds to inspire the commission
• your approach to delivery
• the number of workshops you expect to be able to deliver within the commission
• how you envisage the outcome to be presented.

Contact Details: 

To Apply:
Please submit your proposal for the project, outlining your proposal and experience, to Kate Toomey by email to ktoomey@oxford.gov.uk, by 5pm on Wednesday 22 May 2024. Please mark the subject line WINDRUSH 2024 ARTIST PROPOSAL

You can submit your proposal in writing or as a short film, but please ensure you include
• examples of your previous work relevant to this commission
• how you will use the theme of Women of the Windrush and the archival material the group holds to inspire the commission
• your approach to delivery
• the number of workshops you expect to be able to deliver within the commission
• how you envisage the outcome to be presented.

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