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Bideford Black contemporary art commissions

Deadline: August 29, 2014

Bideford Black - The Next Generation’ is a Burton Art Gallery project produced and curated in association with Flow Contemporary Arts and Claire Gulliver. The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford has secured Arts Council England funding to commission up to 8 artists and 1 film maker to make new works for the collection and to develop ways of using Bideford Black as a medium or an inspiration.

The film maker is tasked with documenting the project process and outcomes. Bideford Black is a unique pigment found only in Bideford, Devon, UK. This project connects the heritage of the area with the tradition of using it as an artist’s material, commissioning and documenting its use by contemporary artists as a way of developing a greater understanding of this rare material in a contemporary artistic context.

The Burton holds works made with Bideford Black in its collection and the intention is that these contemporary works will add to the Burton’s historical collection. This aspiration does not preclude performative works or products with less tangible outcomes – but consideration must be given when writing proposals as to how the work might be documented for the purposes of the collection

Artist Fees:
The 8 artist commissions available are at fixed sums, to include fees travel, materials, expenses and all other costs. These are 1 x £5,000, 1 x £4,000, 1 x £3,000 and 5 x £2,000. Applicants may put in a proposal for one or more, even all, of the bands, but will be expected to deliver within the fee.

The Film Maker Commission:
The film maker will be required to creatively document the artists journey in moving image, from the initial site-visit through to the production of the final artworks. This is an opportunity for a film maker to create a valuable documentation of the project that will also become part of the Collection.


The total fee £6,500 will cover all aspects of the film production and completion:

  • 10.5 days editing finishing film @ £200 per day contract
  • 2 days filming with each artistExpenses @ £150 per artist
  • Expenses @ £150 per artist

For more information and to download the full brief click here.