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New Commission, 50 Jewish Objects Artist 2019, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester

  • North West
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, libraries, literature, museums, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Laura Mitchell


As part of major new public engagement initiative of the University of Manchester's Centre for Jewish Studies, we seek to select an artist for a two-month project working to create Manchester-based artwork and public encounters in response to one or more of the historical and unique Jewish artefacts and manuscripts held at Manchester University’s John Rylands Library. The selected artist will liaise with a post-doctoral researcher to select an artefact or manuscript and learn about the chosen object in depth. We are looking for works of creative engagement with an object (or objects) responsive to the historical, cultural, linguistic or artefactual research currently being undertaken about them by scholars and which will be able to draw interest from general audiences at one or more artist’s workshops explaining and displaying the artwork created during the project period. The artefacts and manuscripts are part of the material cultural of Jews living in a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish historical and cultural settings. We welcome ideas for creative responses and artistic interpretations in visual/plastic/musical/digital media from artists of all cultural backgrounds.

The full call for artists and further details are available here:

We envisage May-June 2019 as the artist’s project period. Specifics are to be agreed when the successful bid is selected. The payment for the two-months’ period is £6,615 (note: all expenses, costs and taxes are be covered by the artist).

Application deadline: Monday 25 February 2019

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