Tara Theatre and Britto Arts Trust are jointly seeking artists from the UK and Bangladesh to make connections and co-create new works.
Tara Theatre has an established Artist Development program and has actively been connecting with artists from Bangladesh specifically in the context of its forthcoming season reflecting on the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence in 1971 Through its recent appointment of Abdul Shayek in 2020 as Artistic Director Tara Theatre is also engaging more actively in working with artists from across all artforms. Britto Arts Trust is an expansive and sustainable contemporary art environment and culture that seeds and promotes multiple interdisciplinary practitioners, groups and networks for the Bangladesh art scene.
Artforms include: Theatre, Live Art, Dance, Music, Sound art, Zines, Performance spoke word, Poetry, Novels, Graphic novels, Text-based art, Film, Photography, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation, Fashion, Weaving and textiles, Ceramic/Metalwork, Design, Public art.
There are 7 commissions of £6000 available. 14 artists (7 UK & 7 BD) will be selected and matched together to co-create new works. The matchmaking will happen after the selection process has been completed, and it will be based on aligning the topic of exploration for the commission. The resultant work will be presented digitally and across different cities in the UK and Bangladesh in spring and summer 2022.
The commission is open to early career artists (1-5 years of experience) based anywhere in the UK and Bangladesh. Through the support of the Transforming Narratives programme, two of the selected UK artists should be based in Birmingham. The commission will be awarded to young/emerging artists as an opportunity for them to develop their skills and practice, to enable both a national and international platform for their work and to build connections with peers in both Bangladesh and the UK. The UK artists may include artists of Bangladeshi heritage as well as those without any prior connection to Bangladesh.
Selections and interviews will take place in February 2022.
- 7 commissions of £6000 available to apply for.
- The commissions will be shared between 1 British artist and 1 Bangladeshi artist who will be paired together. The matchmaking will happen after the selection process has been completed, and it will be based on aligning the topic of exploration for the commission.
- The 2 artists will be responsible (with guidance) for how they spend the £6000 to cover:
- The 2 artists fees
- Resources needed to complete the commission
- The £6000 commission does not include production costs for the showcase, which are covered by the British Council in the UK, Bangladesh and online. The process of exchange and collaboration will be a guided process led by Tara Theatre with Britto Arts Trust across 11 weeks between February – August 2022 with artist mentors from both UK and Bangladesh.
Open to ‘Early Career*’ artists based anywhere in the UK and Bangladesh.
- Performance/Movement/things we experience – Theatre, Live Art, Dance
- Sound-based projects – Music, Sound art
- Spoken/written word – Zines, Performance spoken word, Poetry, Novels, Graphic novels, Text-based art
- Lens-based projects – Film, Photography
- Gallery art – Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation
- Applied art/things we use – Fashion, Weaving and textiles, Ceramic/Metal work, Design: furniture/shelter/other, ‘Public art’: murals/cinema banners/rickshaw painting, Graphic art/book making
- Cross-discipline/Mixed media/Everything else – Curatorial projects, Community-based workshops/projects, Conceptual projects, ‘things we never imagined’
*They ask you to self-define as ‘Early Career’. Generally, this is 1-5 years of experience, but they understand that this can mean different things for everyone due to their personal circumstances
Eligible Regions: UK and Bangladesh
Application Deadline: January 5, 2022