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Culture Commons x ArtULTRA Artist Commissions
Deadline to apply 26 September 2022
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Opportunity Outline

ArtULTRA is looking for four artists to create commissioned artworks inspired by workshop sessions held by Culture Commons in four different locations in England. We are seeking artists who can capture the voice and lived experience of England’s creative and cultural workforce. 

Culture Commons will be running a project called ‘Creative Workforce Workshops’ funded by the Arts Council England (ACE) in October 2022. Following the Centre for Cultural Values’ research into the impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s creative workforce (see further information in the policy recommendation document issued in May 2022), the aim of the project is to gather further qualitative data in local areas across England from freelance/ self employed/ atypical workers in the creative/cultural sector.


The project will consist of a series of workshop discussions with creative and /cultural freelancers in the sub sectors most impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. The workshops will be held  in four different representative regions of England (Croydon, Rotherham, Truro and Great Yarmouth) where local creative activity is present but funding/ support has been historically low. 

This opportunity is open to artists who are based or strongly associated in one of the selected workshop locations. We are looking for artists who have experience of capturing information exchanged during workshops and creating a visual representation that speaks to such information. 

Each commissioned artist will be required to attend the online or in-person panel event for their region and produce a physical/and or digital piece in response. The fee for each commissioned artist is £840 include VAT and all materials.

Key Information

Deadline for Application: 26th September 2022

Locations: Croydon, Rotherham, Truro, Great Yarmouth 

Dates: Workshops held during October 2022

Deadline for Artworks: 5th November 2022

Artist Fee: £840 (incl. VAT)

The brief, in detail...

Each commissioned artist will be required to attend their respective regional Creative Workforce Workshop online, or in person, depending on the nature of the workshop. They will create an artwork, the commission, capturing visually the Creative Workforce Workshop discussion they attended, and information shared by Culture Commons ahead of the Creative Workforce Workshops. The commissioned work may be physical and/or digital. Physical artwork must be transferred to a digital format suitable for use in the publication by the artist. 

Commissioned artists will submit an outline draft of their artwork within one week of the Creative Workforce Workshop they attended and, following feedback and approval from Culture Commons, they will have a further 2 weeks from the Creative Workforce Workshop to submit the final artwork. The commissioned artists will provide their own equipment and work from their own studio/workspace, following Government guidance in force at the time. 

Unless expressly stated, the commissioned artists will be expected to be available and take part in press and PR events, and exhibition, as required – specific activities, times and dates to be agreed between all parties. 

Criteria to apply

  • Artists  who have experience of capturing information exchanged during workshops and creating a visual representation that speaks to such information

  • Artists who have experience in working with: illustration, drawing, painting, mixed media and/or digital art

  • Artists with an enthusiasm to share their work

  • Artists who are based or strongly associated in one of the selected workshop locations

  • Artists must be 18 years +

  • There is no requirement to have attended art school 


There is no fee to submit an application.


ArtULTRA and Culture Commons invite anyone regardless of their age, ability, ethnicity, heritage, sexuality, gender, and socio-economic background to apply.


How to apply

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Digital images of up to 4 works created by them

  • Artist statement with information about relevant experience

  • Links to Instagram/website (if any)

  • Contact Details 

Artists are invited to note if they have any access requirements in their submission. Submissions will be accepted in written or video format. There will be no fee to submit an application.

Applications should be submitted to ArtULTRA’s email and files must not exceed 1MB. Applications must include in their title: Culture Commons Commissions.


A panel will be convened to select the Commissioned Artists. The panel will include a member of ArtULTRA, a member of Culture Commons as well as an independent member to be confirmed in due course.


In November 2022, Culture Commons will publish a report gathering the findings from the Workforce Workshops, featuring the commissioned artworks. The report will be disseminated to policymakers in the UK Government and Senior Stakeholders in the creative and cultural sector in order to continue pressing for better working conditions for freelance/ atypical workers.

Documentation, Press, and Media

The Workshops and artist commissions will be documented and promotional activities will be undertaken to raise the profile of the project. Documentation of the commission will be agreed by the artist and undertaken by ArtULTRA and Culture Commons. 

ArtULTRA and Culture Commons will communicate the residency to the press and on social media, with the approval of the artists. All parties are encouraged to post about the project on their social media, website, e-newsletter etc. 

All media activity will always credit the artists, Culture Commons, and ArtULTRA on all platforms.


Applications are open from 5 to 26 September 2022

Appointments to be communicated to successful artists by 3 October 2022

The workshops and commission will take place in October 2022​

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