Open commissions - LS12 artists

Applications Open: Friday 5th June 2020

Applications Close: Midnight, Sunday 28th June 2020

Decisions made: Week commencing Monday 29th June 2020

Projects completed by: Monday 3rd August 2020

Artist Fee: £200

Application form



Applications are now open for 2 paid commissions for artists living in Armley. Proposals will be accepted for artworks in any form which can be exhibited digitally. 


Artists living in the LS12 postcode are invited to respond to one of the themes outlined below. Responses can be in any format that can be shared digitally; this could be digital drawing, video,  animation, film, sound or painting, drawing, dance, performance, or sculpture that can be filmed, photographed or scanned. It could also be a research/community-engagement/community-organising based project which is documented online via a blog or video. We are especially interested in projects that engage with the digital space in a creative way.


There are 2 key strands that run through our 2020 Digital Programme’s projects and commissions.  These themes are:


  1. Movement, mindfulness and connection with our bodies 

  2. Positive outcomes of lockdown and isolation, and lessons learned for the future


For the LS12 artist commission we are inviting applications which respond to 1 or more of these themes:

  • Positive impacts on the local area, or how the area has changed, grown, or where there is potential to grow for the better. This could include but is not limited to: 

    • Investigating areas of Armley such as Gott’s Park golf course or the canal-side woodland trails that have been revived and reclaimed by local people taking their daily exercise time, walking with their families etc

    • Examples of the community coming together / things you have noticed out would like to investigate about the area during this time. 

    • Celebrating new community groups/support networks that have come out of the crisis and investigating ways to make them more permanent


  • Investigating connection with our physical bodies / being present in our bodies whilst we’re all spending so much time online / how the situation has affected our bodies.

  • Exploring movement, whether actual and physical, imaginary, abstract, indoors or outdoors.


We are inviting proposals which indicate your ideas and how you would approach the project, you do not need to provide a detailed project plan, budget or specific descriptions of finished works, you do not need to include any sketches/designs in this application. It is fine to use up to 50% of the artist fee for purchasing materials and equipment. All submitted ideas and created artworks would remain solely the Copyright and Intellectual Property of the artist.



You must be based in LS12 to be eligible for this commission. You must be available to complete the project by Monday 3rd August 2020. 


You must hold a UK bank account. This fund is for the creation of new artworks and can not be used for artworks which have already been made.

Priority will be given to artists who have not already received a grant for their practice through Arts Council England, AN or the Freeloads Foundation. This fund IS available to current students.

In all of our upcoming commissions, we are keen to support BAME artists, d/Deaf and disabled artists, LGBTQIA artists and working class artists. We understand that there can be particular barriers to applying for artists from these backgrounds.

Applications are open to all regardless of age, race, gender, disability or educational experience. If you have additional access needs or require this brief in another format please contact or call 07927516615 and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.


We understand that there is always more than can be done and we welcome any questions, comments, requests  or feedback to ensure we are supporting the artistic community in the best way we. Please get in touch with us at


We we do not require artists to have formal education, extensive professional experience or established connections or networks. We are asking for an indication of ideas and direction, you do not need to provide a budget, detailed project plan or final ideas/sketches. We can also provide the application and supporting materials in large font and different colour combinations to support people’s needs.