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Unseen Histories: Black artist commission, Assembly House


Unseen Histories is a month-long festival of artworks and events exploring Black British history in Leeds. The festival is created and curated by Black artists, with support from Heritage Corner, pioneers of the Leeds Black History Walk, and Assembly House, an artist studios and project space in Armley, Leeds.

Unseen Histories is looking for 4 artists to create original artworks investigating or respond to Black British stories.

We're working with Armley Mills and Leeds Discovery Centre. Each commission will be based at, or have access to their collections.

Commissions are paid, have a materials budget, space to work, producing support and research support.

All 4 of the artworks will be shown as part of the festival’s finale event. In this day-to-evening event, Heritage Corner will take audience members on a Black British History bus tour around significant parts of Leeds and finishing at Armley Mills. The audience will then come to Assembly to see the final 4 artworks and enjoy local food, drinks and music.

Commissions are open to BIPOC artists based in Leeds and the surrounding areas. We welcome applications from BIPOC LGBTQIA+ and Disabled artists. Artists can be at any stage in their career and do not need to have a formal arts education or an extensive track record of professional residencies, public events or commissions.

The final event will take place on Saturday 25th September 2021 and artists will need to be available on that day and evening, and for rehearsals on dates throughout the week commencing Monday 20th September 2021.

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