Why Your Past Is Present In Our Future

As galleries, museums and cultural spaces across the UK have closed temporarily, artists have had to put a hold on developing their practice. As the uncertainty caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, we recognise the vital support needed for artists at this time. We are inviting artists to create new work. The scheme will offer 5 early-career artists a grant of £250 each plus support to develop an idea that will be presented online.

Why Your Past Is Present In Our Future is an online micro-commissioning initiative intended to support five early-career artists through the uncertainty of the current moment. This new area of our programme is envisioned to be an opportunity for artists to begin to speculate on what the future might look like. Pandemics have played a role in shaping human history throughout the ages – crises and disasters have continually set the stage for radical change. Our lives remain in the process of being transformed. These changes – some predictable, others still hard to fathom – allow us a unique moment to pause and reflect. To what extent can we redefine the way we live our lives? 

We want to encourage a diversity of media: audio, video, text, performance, social practice, website interventions, animation, social media takeovers and workshops. We are particularly keen to receive proposals from artists who are looking to develop their practice, so you do not need to have previously created digital or online work.

If you have any questions about this opportunity then please do get in touch with a member of our team, info@theballadofpeckhamrye.com.

Proposals will be reviewed by TBOPR’s Programme Team and selected on their response to this brief, as well as their feasibility within the budget and timeline. The final project should be ready to launch online in September / October / November 2020.

– This opportunity is open to all artists living and working in the UK.
– This scheme is aimed at early-career artists. We define an early-career artist as someone in the early stages of their professional career as an artist. This is usually someone who has been working on their practice for more than 2 years.
– We are looking for proposals from artists of all backgrounds and accessibility needs.
– No previous experience of making digital work is necessary.

Please submit both:
– A proposal, submitted as a document (no more than one page) for an online project that outlines your key concepts, motivations and how the work is tailored for an online experience. Your proposal should also respond in some way to the ideas outlined in the brief.
– A short portfolio including: a current CV, a brief artist statement about your practice and details of up to 3 past works (images, text files, social media links/recordings etc).

Please send your submission to info@theballadofpeckhamrye.com. The deadline is Sunday 21st June 2020 at midnight.

Each artist will receive a grant of £250. The grant incorporates the artist’s fee and production costs. Grants will be paid in two instalments. 90% on selection and 10% upon completion of the project. Grants will be paid 7 days after the receipt of a valid invoice.

– Deadline for proposals: 21 June 2020 at midnight
– Outcome of decision and all applicants informed: 28 June 2020
– Work ready to go live: September / October / November 2020