Open Call - £2000 artist commission for Lost Species Day 2021, ONCA


To mark ten years of Lost Species Day, or Remembrance Day for Lost Species (RDLS), ONCA is commissioning a new artwork that explores and facilitates engagement with this year’s theme of interdependence.

We seek work to be experienced in ONCA gallery in Brighton, with elements to be engaged with online via the ONCA website. We anticipate that the commissioned piece will be immersive, participatory and/or experiential, and generate depth of engagement from audiences and participants.

We seek work that supports diverse audiences to explore emotions arising from contemplating biodiversity loss and climate breakdown, and reflects consciousness of oppressive power structures and the uneven harms causing/ caused by ecological exploitation. The commissioned artist or collective should also consider how audiences with a range of access needs can engage with the work. (We can offer support in thinking this through.)


  • The budget is £2000 for design, fabrication and installation of the work
  • There is additional budget of up to £500 to be spent on materials/ as required
  • There is additional budget for artist talk/s
  • Homestay accommodation is available in Brighton for some of the duration of the exhibition if required
  • We have separate budgets for exhibition mediation/ facilitation, documentation and accessibility


  • Call live: Sept 2 – Sept 24
  • Decision: Oct 1
  • Install dates: 22 – 25 November 
  • Exhibition live: 26 November – 23 December 2021 

We encourage proposals from collectives as well as individuals.
For further info and how to apply, please go to the listing on our website 

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