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Emii Alrai : Future Collect Commission 2 The Hepworth Wakefield

Open Call Future Collect – Open Call for Year 2 Museum or Gallery Partner

11 Aug-21 Sep 2020

We are excited to announce an open call for expressions of interest from national and regional museums and galleries to partner with Iniva on Year 2 of Future Collect.

Future Collect is a three-year programme, which each year commissions an artist of African and/or Asian descent, British born or based, to create a completely new work. These commissions then become a permanent part of the collection of a major British institution, giving artists an opportunity to be collected and exhibited, as well as contributing to a wider public debate on collections and whose heritage is being preserved.

A key aspect of the programme is curatorial development through the support of a year-long curatorial traineeship, and a curatorial secondment opportunity for a staff member at the partner organisation.

The project is funded by Art Fund, Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

How to apply with an Expression of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest, of no more than 1,000 words, from museums and galleries who have a collection, to collaborate with us on this exciting and extremely timely project.

Please tell us why you are interested in Future Collect and indicate the transformative potential being a partner on this project would have on your organisation. We would like to hear about any recent efforts made via programming, personnel and institutional culture, to ensure the representation of contemporary society in your organisation and collection, and please comment on the impact you think being involved in Future Collect would have on your collection, institutional culture and local audiences and communities.

We would like you to demonstrate how your organisational infrastructure would fully support the curatorial traineeship, and indicate how you would make efforts to ensure the Curatorial Trainee remains working within the sector at the end of their placement.

Please confirm your commitment to exhibiting and acquiring the new commission, and give an indication of how you might approach innovative public programming ideas. We would like to hear your thoughts on what it means to build ‘living’ collections, which are agile, responsive and relevant, and how the ‘project of decolonisation’ can become an ongoing process leading to fundamental structural change rather than solely influencing representation.

If possible, please submit data on cultural diversity found within your existing collection, and the known diversity of your audiences and how your programme and collection represents/serves your local communities.

Please send expressions of interest to:

Future Collect Curatorial Project Manager, Rohini Malik Okon

rmalikokon@iniva.org by 6pm on Monday 21 September 2020.

Image: Jade Montserrat, Born to Suffer the Weight of Men, installation view, 2020. Photograph by George Torode.