A call out for In the House of my Love Billboard Commissions for Brent Biennial 2022

7 April 2022

David McDiarmid, Rainbow Aphorisms, Installation View Clapham High Street, 2017. Courtesy of The Estate of David McDiarmid, Sydney. Image credit: Benedict Johnson.

Metroland Cultures, in partnership with Studio Voltaire and Jack Arts, part of the BUILDHOLLYWOOD family, is excited to announce an open call for visual artists with a connection to Brent to apply to produce public artwork commissions in response to the Brent Biennial 2022 theme, In the House of my Love. Four artists will be selected for the commission and their work will appear on high-street billboards in Brent, the home of Metroland Cultures, and in Clapham, the home of Studio Voltaire. The billboards will be showcased over four weeks during the second edition of the Brent Biennial (8 July 11 September 2022).

Each selected artist will receive a fee of £1,500, a research and production budget of £2,500 for the development of the new work as well as mentorship and support from the 2022 Brent Biennial curatorial team and external partners.

The artworks will be selected based on the originality and relevance to the 2022 Brent Biennial theme, In the House of my Love, which pays homage to the various histories and legacies of migration in Brent and considers the ways in which individuals and communities propose various strategies for homemaking within the context of hostile environments.

We invite artists to consider the idea of home away from home, of home ruptured and re-imagined, of home found in the touch of another. How is our understanding of home tied to the specificity of place, to our relationships with people, and the experience of one’s body and being? How might we consider friendship, chosen family, love and collaboration as antidotes to experiences of hostility?

CRITERIA

  • Artists must have a connection to Brent, being one of the following: from Brent (born or raised for any period of time), currently living in the area, or artists whose practice or research is based in the borough
  • Artists must be 18+, and there is no upper age limit
  • Artists must have a sustained creative practice of at least two years, evidenced with a portfolio of 5-10 examples of work

More information on the biennial theme, the selection process, and the format of the commission can be found at: https://metrolandcultures.com/get-involved/in-the-house-of-my-love-billboard-commissions-brent-biennial-2022/