Artist / writer collaborative commission

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Fee: £150 per person (4 commissions)

Deadline: Midnight, Wednesday 21 October (Selections made Friday 23 October)


Assembly House is looking for 4 creatives to collaborate in pairs, across disciplines, to create 2 brand new artworks for our digital exhibition 2020.

We are looking for visual or performance artists and writers, based in Leeds or the surrounding areas, to collaborate with each other in pairs, to either create a joint artwork, create a piece of writing in response to a visual artwork, or a visual artwork in response to a piece of writing- the choice is yours.

We are looking for creatives who want to undertake the collaboration in an interesting way and we are keen on projects that take artists and writers out of their usual routine or practice and that encourage both creatives to experiment with each other's disciplines.

Your idea must be able to be shared digitally, but can have physical elements that take people away from their screen, for example a walking guide or sound piece. Your artwork can be in any medium that can be shared digitally, for example film, animation, soundscape, drawing and painting, and the writing can be incorporated in any way. Your writing can also be in any genre or form, for example screen writers, poets or prose. If your artwork or writing is physical, have a think about how this can be adapted to be displayed on our website.

The themes

The themes and concepts for this commission have been offered by a group of artists and studio holders at Assembly House. The themes address the words, ‘Gathering’, ‘Rebel’ and ‘Empathy’. There are suggestions of how these ideas might interlink or cross over in the accompanying image. Take a look and start investigating your responses. You might choose one word, or several. You might choose a phrase or a link between two words… The choice is yours.

How to apply

Please complete our short application form and include some examples of your previous artwork or writing. We will ask you about yourself, your response to the themes and your ideas about collaboration.

We’re accepting applications from established collaborators or you can apply solo, letting us know which discipline you’re applying with and we will pair you up with someone.

Assembly House is passionate about supporting early career artists and artists looking to develop their skills so you don’t need to have any professional experience, published work or formal education to apply. If you’ve got a great idea, want to collaborate or have something to explore then we want to hear from you.

We are open to applications from any artist, of any background and want to remove barriers where possible. We are welcoming applications from Black artists, artists of colour, D/deaf and disabled artists, working class artists and LGBTQIA+ artists. However, we know that we will always have blind spots so please get in touch if there is something we can do to support your application or remove any barriers to applying.


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