Anti- Apartheid, Now is a TLTU led project that draws on the legacy of the UK’s movement against apartheid (MAA). Creative commissions will enable Global Majority* and intersectional** artists and communities to explore and respond to lived-experience of race-based injustice, and imagine new futures.
Artist(s) need not be expert in the heritage of the struggle against apartheid. Most important is producing a thematic and creative response to the brief which connects with contemporary societal experiences and lived-experience.
Commissions will be hosted on TLTU’s new online platform that will hold space for learning, reflection, and creative expression and which connects past-to-present to support ongoing struggles for racial/social justice. The project channels MAA legacy to inform how we look at pressing contemporary issues of inequality, injustice, and structural racism and to empower communities to lead positive change.
Commissions can integrate any artistic medium including visual art (inc.mixed media, photography, film), performance, short-form literature and spoken word.
The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust.
*TLTU defines Global Majority as Black, Brown, Asian, dual or mixed heritage people, indigenous to the global south, and/or those who've been racialised as ‘ethnic minority’.
**TLTU defines intersectional artists as those making work based on their unique experiences, particularly in relation to themes evoked by MMA heritage and race-based injustice.
Three commissions, ranging £750 - £1.850, are currently available. Deadline 5pm, Monday 18th July.
*Artists proposals will explain how their proposed artwork will offer opportunities to learn about and from MAA heritage
*Artists will self-identify as Global Majority/intersectional. This reflects our foundational organisational commitment to championing diverse voices.
* Artists will work in/across England but may live anywhere within the UK.