Open call for artists
Mark(et)ing Time – a residency at the Birmingham bootsale
Friction Arts have commissions for artists to discover and respond to the community at the Birmingham Sunday morning bootsale. We are offering 3 artists bursaries of £550 each and a materials budget of £80 – materials to be sourced at the bootsale, it goes a long way…
Birmingham bootsale runs every Sunday morning from the Birmingham Wholesale market. It is a hive of activity in the centre of the city. The bootsale is a reliable source for unlikely materials for artistic fabrication and a network of interesting people providing unique insights into the city. It is a hub of multicultural activity that truly reflects Birmingham’s hyperdiversity, and it is an important resource for some of Birmingham’s poorest citizens, not just for material goods but also for social connections and work opportunities. Yet it is under threat from the impending closure of the wholesale markets.
This residency programme is an opportunity to respond to this unique community. Artists will spend time at the bootsale getting to know the regular stall-holders, talking with them and learning about their experiences and history at the sale, as well as their opinions of what will happen when it closes. Friction’s lead artists, Sandra Hall and Lee Griffiths, have a 15+ year relationship with the bootsale and its denizens and will be on hand to input their experience into the team’s investigations. There will be a distribution period in October/November during which resident artists distribute work at the bootsale. The work you create is up to you, but must incorporate selling something at a market stall into the work.
Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV of one page maximum, a covering letter of one page maximum explaining why you are interested in this commission and a suggested approach to the project. Further questions can be answered via the same email address. The deadline is midnight on 11th September 2015, successful applicants will be notified on 15th September. Applicants will need to be available on Sunday mornings for the duration of the residency and to complete at least five days contact time.
Successful applicants will be invited to meet the lead artists on 20/09/15, at 9.am, at the bootsale of course. Further information about Friction and the lead artists can be found by clicking around the website.