Black Lives Matter Commission opportunities x 3

Oct 19, 2020

We are offering commissions to 3 individual artists from Luton to explore their experience relating to Black Lives Matter.

Budget: £1,000 | Closing date for applications: Sunday 1 November 2020

Why we're offering this commission now

While we try and navigate our way around what is the new normal in this world of social distancing, restricted travel and lockdowns, we have also encountered the rise of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

We understand the mental impact, feeling of exhaustion and possible frustration that many are experiencing. Equally the force of community, solidarity and raised-awareness of social justice cannot be ignored.

About the commission

We are seeking to commission three individual artists from Luton for time to: Stop. Think. Examine.

Sit in your space and tell us what you hear, feel, see.

The aim of this commission is to:

  • offer the artist time to reflect on their current artistic practice.
  • think about provocations relating to their own experience as an artist.
  • collaborate with Revoluton Arts in the production and presentation of a zoom conference in December with a guest speaker.

This brief is deliberately very open, as we are interested in conversations with artists who are willing to explore their experience relating to Black Lives Matter.

We are therefore particularly interested in hearing from artist(s) who have a track record of creating work influenced by global movements.

We are interested and excited by the possibilities offered in this rich local context combined with creative responses to the commissioning theme — Black Lives Matter.

Commission requirements

The selected artist(s) will be required to:

  • facilitate an online salon in December with a guest speaker agreed on by both parties.
  • show evidence that they have taken time to explore and think
  • contribute to the Luton Black Lives Matter conference in January 2021 reflecting on this commission.
  • provide bi-weekly updates with Revoluton via zoom and attend two commissioning meetings with the other artists
  • collaborate with commissioning partners to promote the work or process
  • be available for any press activity
  • support the project through providing social media content
  • promote and advocate the work through personal and professional networks
  • contribute to the evaluation of the project


The budget for this project is £1,000 to include artist fees and any materials, equipment, production and technical costs.


Revoluton is based in Marsh Farm, Leagrave, Luton. Due to the current climate, we are unable to offer the use of our offices but are able to offer the artists unlimited access to the use of our Premium Zoom package.


The commission runs from November 2020 till January 2021. See full timetable available in the download below.

How to apply

This commission is open to artists from Luton.

Please submit tenders to by 11.59pm on Sunday 1 November 2020.

Shortlist for interview will be assessed against the criteria in the full brief (download below).

Photo by Chris Henry on Unsplash

Artist Brief Black Lives Matter Commission

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