Lates: PITCH BLACK | Open Call for Artists, Creatives, Performers and Activists

Date posted: September 3, 2020

Blackness is boundless and infinite, what would you bathe in light so we may dance and celebrate together?

National Museum Cardiff and Artes Mundi are excited to announce: Lates: PITCH BLACK, a creative interrogation into the impact of British Empire on Black communities and their histories. We want to celebrate Black People in Wales and their profoundly positive contributions to society.

We are inviting artists with unique and collaborative outlooks to contribute to this exciting immersive, interactive and multi-artform event. Five artists will be selected to work with curation and content lead, Umulkhayr Mohamed. We want to hear from people who are both unafraid to challenge accepted narratives and excited by the idea of working with the Lates team as well as curators from the museum and Artes Mundi.

This call is open to artists, creatives, performers and activists working in any medium. Anyone with ideas can apply, either as an individual or as a collective. While we want to ensure a number of the selected artists are young and emerging, we would equally encourage and consider submissions from artists and creatives of any age. We are particularly interested in those who have a personal connection to Black history.

Lates: PITCH BLACK presents a unique opportunity to make bold new work. We are particularly interested in proposals that relate to, question or play with the museum’s collections and/or the themes of the Artes Mundi 9 artists’ work. We have highlighted a few objects, artworks and themes you may choose to reference in your proposals but also to serve as a source of inspiration, these can be found in the research document here. We are also welcoming proposals that relate to other aspects of Black history and experience.

Research Doc (Eng) | Research Doc (Cymraeg)

Budget:

£850 artist commission fee (incl. VAT)

£150 budget for materials and production

What else will you gain as a part of this opportunity?

Lates: PITCH BLACK is a collaboration between National Museum Cardiff and the team at Artes Mundi. The selected artists will receive research and development support from both teams as well as a substantial opportunity to develop personal networks. This will include invitations to the Artes Mundi preview, Artists’ Forum and Awards ceremony, although these events may take a different form than in previous years. Where possible the emerging artists will also have a chance to discuss their work and wider practice in critical friend sessions with the artists shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 9 prize, Firelei Báez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Meiro Koizumi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Prabhakar Pachpute and Carrie Mae Weems.

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form and submit your proposals to events@museumwales.ac.uk.

PDF Versions: Application Form (Eng) | Application Form (Cymraeg)

Word Versions: Application Form (Eng) | Application Form (Cymraeg)

We want the application process to be as equitable as possible and we pledge to make reasonable adjustments to this process in order to achieve this. Please get in touch if there are any adjustments we could make or additional support we could offer in order to assist you in applying, we will come up with suitable alternative options together.

Still unsure about applying? If you’d like to, get in touch beforehand to discuss your ideas and get any questions you have answered. Email: umulkhayr.mohamed@museumwales.ac.uk

Proposed Timeline:

Deadline for Applications: 5pm, 30th September 2020

Artist Selections Made following a panel interview: w/c 12th October 2020

Research phase begins (including conversations with curators): w/c 19th October 2020

Research phase ends: end of December 2020

Creating artworks/developing performances (with check-ins with the LATES team as/when needed): January 2021-February 2021

Presentation, as a part of the Lates: PITCH BLACK: Friday 5th March 2021

We appreciate creating art in this climate might be an unusual or daunting experience, and one that we will have to feel out together. Because of this as a central part of this opportunity we commit to listening carefully and working flexibly wherever possible.

This youth-led Lates Event is part of the Hands on Heritage Project at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, with the help of ‘Kick the Dust’ funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to all Lottery Players, keeping our fingers crossed for you!

Artes Mundi is the key, internationally focused flagship visual arts organisation in Wales. With a focus on social realities, they generate unique opportunities for individuals and communities to engage creatively with the urgent issues of our time in ways which resonate with us all. Artes Mundi are committed to stimulating dialogues and debates, internationally and locally, that develop greater understanding of ourselves, of others, and of the relations between familiar and distant cultures.

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