Open call for a socially engaged commission with Tate Liverpool

10th August 2016

Super Slow Way and Tate Liverpool are launching an open call for a socially engaged practitioner to deliver a commission in Spring 2017.


Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme: Artist Commission 2016/17

Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock
Liverpool L3 4BB
United Kingdom

Duration: November 2016–May 2017
Project budget: 40,000 GBP (approximately 50,000 EUR)

Super Slow Way works with local communities and artists in socially engaged practise along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Pennine Lancashire. Tate Liverpool is committed to challenging the ways in which art is presented to the public and how this can evolve through working in social contexts.

To this end Super Slow Way and Tate Liverpool opens the call for collaborative socially engaged artist/s born in or resident in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Finland, Hungary or Germany, (partner countries within the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme).

The brief is to research and deliver a new commission in Spring 2017. The commission process will include a research period in the Autumn of 2016 with the opportunity to develop a new work between Pennine Lancashire and Liverpool in collaboration with local communities and a network of established partners in the North of England and beyond.

It is envisaged that artists will work with local communities outside the institution between Liverpool and Lancashire, as well as use the top floor gallery space at Tate Liverpool throughout April 2017. Artists should have experience of working in the field of collaborative socially engaged practice, understand the ethical issues involved, be relevant to local conditions and engage a broad audience.

Individual artists or artist collectives are invited to submit draft proposals before August 30, 2016 via email: This must include a CV, biography and artistic statement of no more than 2,000 words describing the following:

(1) Artistic motivation: experience in collaborative socially engaged practice, theoretical framework and ethics.

(2) Locale: how will the project impact on the locale—the Liverpool City Region; which communities will be included; can the project exist inside and outside the museum?

(3) Research and implementation: please set out a plan and timetable for how you will research and execute the commission.

(4) Proposed allocation of fees, expenses, materials and production budget to the total of £40,000 (approximately 50,000 EUR at time of writing)

Deadline for proposals

August 30, 2016 to
Please use this email address for further information and any queries.
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*Please note that shortlisting will take place in September and the decision of the panel is final.


Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool
Laurie Peake, Director, Super Slow Way
Lindsey Fryer, Head of Learning, Tate Liverpool
Michael Birchall, Curator of Public Practice, Tate Liverpool
CAPP Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme

This Commission is part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, find more information at

Supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union (Culture Sub-Programme) Support for European Co-operation Projects Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.