Artist Opportunity: 3 x £400 commissions available


We know what we like and we like what we know is an experimental public art project, funded by Ideas Test, involving contemporary artists working with residents in Swale, Kent, to produce bespoke artworks for people’s homes. We are looking to commission 3 artists for the project. Each artist will be paired with a different household and over the course of a month (starting in January 2013) will create a new piece of art for residents’ homes.

Participation in the arts in Swale is low and this project is about putting artists in direct contact with potential audiences (likely to have little or no experience of contemporary art) to encourage an exchange of views resulting in the creation of new work. Reversing the usual dynamics of production and reception We know what we like and we like what we knowis about starting with resident’s interests and ideas on art and seeing how these might align with those of the contemporary artist’s. Perhaps households will want exactly what the selected artist wants to make, but equally there might be disagreement, in which case a process of negotiation and exchange will be necessary. Processes and outcomes will very much depend on the individuals involved and the project is as much about the journey as about the final works that are made.

Finished work will be installed in situ in each of the houses and kept by the householders, (if they so choose). The work and process will be documented and feature in a publication about the project. There may also be additional exhibition opportunities arising from the project in the future.


We encourage applications from contemporary arts practitioners working in any medium (including ephemeral, performative and time-based practices). We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who are excited by the challenge of adapting their practice to new contexts, and to specific audiences. In this respect we are less interested in whether your existing work could be installed in a house as it stands and more interested in how you will approach this as a site-specific commission. As negotiation and exchange will be a key part of this project successful applicants will demonstrate an openess and willingness to talk about their practice, working processes and views on art with the householders they’ll be working with.

Fee: £400.  To cover production costs, time, and travel. To apply you need not live in Kent, but if selected you will need to travel to the household you’re working with 4 times over the course of a month (January/February 2014) – 3 times to share ideas and progress and a final time to install the work you make.


To apply please send an application to Thedeadline for applications is Monday 2 December. The application should be only one document, a pdf (or word document) that consists of :

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Email
  4. Website (if applicable)
  5. Up to 500 words outlining a) your current practice, b) your interest in making work for a household and c) the challenges this commission could bring up for your practice.
  6. A brief CV (max 1 side of A4)
  7. Either: a) Up to six images/video clips of recent work or links to where these can be viewed online. Please provide a brief 1-2 sentence description of each work/image.
  8. Practical information: Please indicate a) whether you have your own means of transportation or whether you are reliant on public transport and b) Indicate your general availability during daytimes/evenings and weekends throughout January and February 2013. (Due to the working arrangements of households  it may be necessary for meetings with participants to take place during evenings/weekends, and providing this practical information about your mobility and availability will help us ensure that if you’re shortlisted we can match you with a household you can both get to, and visit at a time they’ll be there.)




Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend a short interview. Final decisions will be made by householders themselves and applicants will be notified of results in mid December.

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