The British Library and Leeds Art Gallery seek to commission an artist or artist collective based in the North of England in 2023 and 2024. This commission will culminate in the creation of new work by the artist to be exhibited at Leeds Art Gallery from July – December 2024.
The selected artist or artist collective will be invited to engage with digitised and physical collections at the British Library and Leeds Art Gallery as a catalyst to produce new work that creates a dialogue between the two collections. The focus will be on exploring areas of identity, activism and social change within the Oral History collections at the British Library and the Leeds Sculpture Collections at Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute.
The selected artist or artist collective may wish to use digitised versions of parts of the collections in their work directly, or make reference to them. The commissioned work should seek to link the two collections in some way – conceptually, thematically or otherwise.
The research and production period is December 2023 – June 2024. The work will be exhibited at Leeds Art Gallery from July – December 2024.