Call for Bursary Artists

‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ : Bursary Artists Awards
We have three bursary-award opportunities for emerging artists, writers, poets and performers connected to the Black Country to develop and present new creative work as part of the project ‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’

‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ is a Heritage Lottery project managed by Rights and Equality Sandwell that explores and celebrates the changing language and dialect of the Black Country. It has a particular focus on the towns of Tipton, Gornal, Oldbury and Cradley Heath. The project is: creating an oral history archive of recorded interviews around the use of particular words and phrases; producing a series of audio/visual presentations; producing a book and DVD of the complete project.

We have now been awarded an Arts Council Grants for Arts to creatively explore particular aspects of this project. As part of this we want to commission 3 emerging artists/writers/poets who are interested in the area of language, dialect, identity and community with a particular relevance to the Black Country.

Each of the 3 bursary artists will be supported to work in either Gornal, Oldbury and Cradley Heath i.e. each artist will be matched with each town. The artist will be given some support to enable them to meet local groups etc as part of the research.  There will be some mentoring opportunities including working alongside other commissioned artists.

Each of the bursary-award artists will be invited to present, exhibit or perform their work at one of the three project events that will take place in Gornal, Cradley Heath and Oldbury during 2016.  Aspects of the bursary artist’s work may also be incorporated into the final project publication.

Fees and Applying
Fee: £1,000 each to include all travel and expenses. A small materials budget is available.

Deadline to apply: 5pm Monday 4th January 2016. 

Timescale: To be conducted during an agreed time between January and June 2016

To apply: contact Geoff Broadway at

Please submit your expression of interest via email to include: a short statement of no more than 500 words telling us about your practice, why this bursary is relevant to your work, and why you are interested in taking part; up to 5 examples of your work; an up-to-date CV with links to website if appropriate.

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