60/50: Micro-commission call for artists

60/50: Micro-commission call for artists

05 Oct

Since February, artist Jez Dolan has been in residence at Bury Art Museum undertaking an ongoing series of artist-led interventions in the Permanent Collection Gallery entitled ‘60/50’. The project title refers to two significant anniversaries of 2017: 60 years since The Wolfenden Report recommended the decriminalisation of sexual relations in private between men, and 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act executed partial decriminalisation. These are two of the most important milestones in UK LGBT+ emancipation and legislation and both had significant impact around the world.

During his residency, Dolan has exhibited his own related work and has also worked with the permanent collection at Bury Art Museum, creating a series of interventions from a queer perspective, drawing new parallels and casting new light on overlooked aspects of the collection, which celebrate and commemorate the queer histories which often remain concealed.

The next stage of the residency will include the unveiling of a new work, which is a collaborative reinterpretation of the painting, The Cruel Sister by John Faed (1850), which forms part of Bury’s permanent collection. This new work questions concepts of gender, identity and performativity.

In conjunction with Superbia, the year-round programme of culture from Manchester Pride, we are offering two artist micro-commissions for work that will happen at this launch event. Each artist will receive £150.

The work should be suitable to be staged or performed in the gallery space and can consist of a live, durational event / performance or a temporary installation. The work will be in situ for the launch evening only. The work(s) should in some way reflect the themes, ideas and/or content of The Cruel Sister, and the significant LGBTQI+ anniversaries of 2017. We will be able to provide minimal technical support, but you should be prepared to be as self-contained as possible. 

To submit a proposal, please send no more than two sides of A4 outlining your ideas and approach to the brief along with links to website(s) / examples of previous relevant work etc. 

Deadline for proposals:                Friday 22 September 

Successful artists confirmed:     Tuesday 26 September

60/50 Live                                      Thursday 5 October, 7– 9pm

Please mark all applications: ‘Cruel Sister event launch submission’ and send full details, including all technical requirements, to: artgallery@bury.gov.uk 

60/50 is made possible by funding from Arts Council England, Bury Art Museum and Superbia