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An exciting commission opportunity for 5 artists
Deadline to apply 2 April 2021
Drive change to cultural policy through art

Opportunity outline

This month, ArtULTRA is partnering with Culture Commons to commission 5 artists to act as creative rapporteurs and create visual responses to 5 regional online panels being organised in April 2021, through the following artforms: illustration, drawing, painting, mixed media and digital art.


This is a paid-for opportunity open to artists living in the following five regions: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, West Yorkshire, West Midlands and Tees Valley.  

Key information

Location: online/remote

Commissioning period: mid-April to 28 May 2021

Number of artists: 5 (1 per region)

Regions: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, West Yorkshire, West Midlands, Tees Valley.


The brief, in detail...

Ahead of the upcoming local elections in May 2021, Culture Commons is organising a series of online panel discussions in collaboration with Excluded UK and local partners. The panel discussions will focus on the following five regions electing metro mayors in May: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, West Yorkshire, West Midlands and Tees Valley. The panels are due to take place in April 2021 (exact dates tbc).


The panels aim to raise awareness on what it means to be a worker in the creative and cultural sectors, specifically in areas represented by a Metro Mayor, highlighting how essential the creative and cultural sectors are for our local economies. The panels will promote a national pledge to the creative and cultural industries workforce - including employed, freelance, and atypical workers - that we hope all candidates running in the May elections will sign up to.


Culture Commons proactively recognises the Artists Union England policies for artists’ rights and their Good Practice Charter.


The Commission

Each artist will be commissioned to work on one panel, based on their place of residence. Each commissioned artist will be required to attend the online panel event for their region in April 2021.


Altogether, five artists will be commissioned by Culture Commons to create an artwork visually capturing the themes discussed and the ideas exchanged during the panel events they attended.


Ahead of the panels, Culture Commons will also make available to the artists a briefing document outlining the key ideas that could be debated.


The commissioned artwork can be physical and/or digital. Physical artwork will need to be transposed into a digital context to be shared online. The artwork will be included in a digital publication prepared by Culture Commons.


The commissioned artists will submit an outline draft of their artwork within one week of the panel they attended and, following feedback and approval from Culture Commons, they will have a further 4 weeks from the panel event to submit the final artwork.


The commissioned artists will provide their own equipment and work from their own studio/workspace following Government guidance and Covid-19 related restrictions.


The artworks will be exhibited on the ArtULTRA and Culture Commons websites. There may be a physical exhibition of the artworks organised at a later stage, which would form part of a subsequent agreement.


The commissioned artists may be asked to be available to take part in press and PR associated with the commission and panel events – specific activities, times and dates to be agreed between all parties. Artists who wish not to take part in these activities should indicate this in their application.


The fee for each commissioned artist is £840.

Documentation, Press and Media

The panel events and commissions will be documented and promotional activities will be undertaken to raise the profile of the project. Subject to the commissioned artists’ agreement the development of the commission will be documented and shared online.

ArtULTRA and Culture Commons will undertake media activity to promote the project. All media activity related to the commissions will credit the artists, Culture Commons and ArtULTRA on all platforms. All parties are encouraged to post about the project on their social media, website, e-newsletter etc.

Criteria to apply

  • Artists shall apply to work on a specific panel and region in which they are currently living

  • Be above 18 years of age

  • Demonstrate relevant experience

  • Artists working in the following art forms are invited to apply: illustration, drawing, painting, mixed media and digital art

  • Artists should demonstrate an ambition to develop an artistic practice and exhibit work


ArtULTRA and Culture Commons recognise that the pandemic has impacted communities differently. We proactively encourage applications from artists from demographics we know are most at risk of leaving the sector and invite anyone regardless of their age, ability, ethnicity, heritage, sexuality, gender and socio-economic background to apply.

Applicants with specific access requirements to enable them to carry out an application should make this known in their application so we may support them.

How to apply

To apply, please send:

  • 2 previously completed artworks which demonstrate your ability to synthesise ideas in a way that relates to the brief.

  • Links to your social media and/or artist website

  • A short presentation about yourself and experience relevant to the brief. This can be written (max 2 pages) or video format (max 2 mins long)

  • Please provide contact details (phone number and email)


Applications should be submitted via email to and include in the email subject line: Culture Commons + the name of the region being applied for. Applications files must not exceed 1MB.


Please include your contact details so we get in touch.


Submission is free.


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 shortly.


Application are open from now until 2nd April 2021

Appointments to be communicated to successful artists by 9th April.

The commissioning period will run from mid April to 28 May 2021. 

Final Artwork due by 28 May at 12 noon.

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