Contested Desires

D6: Culture in Transit

CONTESTED DESIRES: Constructive Dialogues (CDCD) is an international programme that brings together artists, cultural organisations and communities to delve into the complexities of the UK's colonial legacy.

About CDCD

Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Contested Desires consists of 19 global partners aiming to unravel the influence of our shared colonial past on cultural identities today. From Italy to Ghana, Tunisia to Chile, CDCD discovers the connections between our past and present, fostering dialogue and understanding across diverse perspectives. 


On offer are international residencies, exhibitions and workshops from September 2024 to November 2026. Project fees, travel, accommodation and more are provided.

D6 is looking for those with a participatory and socially-engaged visual arts practice (including but not limited to drawing, printmaking, photography, film, digital, sound, installation, performance) — and environmentally-conscious works which are adaptable to each location. 


This Open Call is to select two visual artists in the North East of England based on:

  • Quality of artistic practice 
  • Quality of response to the questions in the application form 
  • Experience of participatory and socially engaged practice 
  • Experience of collaboration with other artists and across sectors
  • Demonstrable interest in the role of contemporary arts in heritage contexts, with reference to the themes of the programme 

Equity, diversity and equality  

  • We seek to ensure that no present or potential artist or project participant is treated less favourably than another on grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. 
  • While our ambition is to shape an open, accessible project, we also acknowledge that the nature of this project involves extended periods of travel, which may present barriers to participation. 
  • If you have access requirements to enable you to participate in the CDCD programme you will be able to identify this in the application form. If you need access support to be able to make your application, please contact

Sustainable art vision 

The CDCD project prioritises environmental sustainability through self-regulatory ethical guidelines, alignment with global standards like the Sustainable Development Goals, and promoting eco-philosophy for artistic inspiration. The project monitors and assesses adherence to ethical guidelines while enhancing awareness of the interconnectedness between art and sustainability.