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Artist Commission, Selly Manor Museum (Bournville Village Trust)


Job Summary

Selly Manor Museum is offering four paid artist commissions in celebration of Black Tudors. We are looking for artists aged between 18 and 25, who are of Black Heritage, and live or study in the Midlands.

Job Description

Selly Manor Museum is an independent museum. We look after two listed buildings - Selly Manor, a Tudor yeoman's house, and Minworth Greaves, a medieval hall house.

Our current priority is to diversify and engage audiences who do not visit the museum. We have evidence that a low proportion of our visitors are Black or Black British. Whilst this is representative of the communities immediately surrounding the museum, it isn't representative of Birmingham City as a whole. We hope that more people from a wider range of backgrounds and experience will see this exhibition and think 'museums are for me and represent me and my history'.

We want to work with individuals who are unrepresented voices in our collections. By creating artworks of Black Tudors for temporary display, to add new layers of interest to the stories we tell and introduce new ideas and themes to our visitors.

Artwork will be based on evidence of more than 200 people of African origin or descent living in Britain during the Tudor period (1485-1603), which has been researched by Dr Miranda Kaufmann.

The exhibition will be 26th January - 22nd March.

  • 4 artist commission opportunities
  • You will receive a development session supported by our partner, Black Arts Forum, and Pogus Caesar, an established artist, during which you will reflect on your developing practice.
  • We want you to create artworks that will surprise and engage diverse audiences. The artworks should draw on the biographies of the Black Tudors, using artistic practice to intrigue and offer people deeper and new ways of understanding their lives and experiences.
  • All materials required to create the piece must be included in the commission fee of £765. When creating the piece, you must consider the size of the rooms in Selly Manor.
  • We have no preconception around artform or process, and we do not expect you to be an expert in Tudor history or Selly Manor.

Job Requirements

THis is a commission


  • Each commission is £765 inclusive of any VAT.
  • We expect this to cover:

- Your time and expenses to visit us and explore our collection

- Time and materials to create your artwork piece

- Reflections from you after delivery for reporting back to our funders

  • These are freelance commissions, and you must be registered self-employed, and will be responsible for your own tax and National Insurance. (The standard Personal Allowance is £12,570, which is the amount of income you do not have to pay tax on.)

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How to Apply

How to apply:
• Your application should include:
- A brief summary of no more than 500 words describing your creative practice, with links to previous projects that support your proposal or examples of your work.
- A proposal of no more than 500 words outlining your response to the brief – what approaches you might take, and what you find inspiring about the subject matter.
- Your contact details

Submission Process:
Submissions will be viewed by a panel of staff from Selly Manor Museum, and will be scored against the following criteria:
- Quality of ideas and inventiveness
- Connection to the individuals
If you have any questions, please contact louisedeakin@bvt.org.uk for an informal chat.
Submit your proposal to louisedeakin@bvt.org.uk by 10am on Monday 16th October 2023.

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