The Kent-Medway Museum Partnership (KMMP NPO) seek artist proposals for a new artwork which will explore the often-hidden links and impact refugees have had upon our collections, towns, and communities both past and present.
Submissions from artists or artist groups working in any medium are welcome. The commission comprises two elements, the chosen artist or group will be commissioned to:
- Research the links and impacts of refugees as found in the collections of the KMMP NPO partner museums (see below for list of museums and their collections).
- create a physical object that can be exhibited, and which forms the focus through which audiences can engage with, and further explore the research made by the artist or artist group.
The outputs of the commission should be inspired either by objects already found within one or more of the KMMP NPO museum collections, or by an identified absence of an object significant to the history and communities the museum represents. The commission should cast light upon the untold and unacknowledged stories that exist within the partners’ collections and provide an opportunity for our audiences and visitors to further explore these relationships.
The KMMP NPO is a group of four museums (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums & Galleries, Guildhall Museum Rochester and the collections of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council) funded by Arts Council England to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity and wellbeing to existing and new audiences in their communities.
This commission is for the value of £10,000. This amount is to cover artist fees, expenses, research, production, and delivery of the work.
Payment will be made in 3 instalments:
1. on the award of the commission
2. on developed design sign-off
3. delivery of the work
Deadline: 17 December