Artists sought for unique Black Country Commission – 100 Masters


We are seeking to commission artists (open to all art forms) to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to deliver 100 Masters.

100 Masters is our landmark campaign in 2017. This year we are asking the Black Country public to nominate skilled people from the local area who have made tremendous strides in their field of expertise. We want artists to respond to our list of Masters and create interactive artwork to be exhibited at an ambitious ‘expo’ in Wolverhampton’s Starworks venue in November 2017.

100 Masters is in partnership with Juneau Projects, Impact Hub Birmingham and Express and Star.

The Idea
The Black Country was forged at the hands of men and women from all walks of life who had honed their skills to the highest levels. It was through their craftsmanship and diligence that the region became renowned as the industrial heartland of the UK.

‘100 Masters’ is an arts campaign to identify contemporary skilled people from the Black Country and help inspire future talent.

This year long regional campaign aims to inspire and offer local people a fresh perspective about the strengths, skills, talent and expertise surfacing from their locality and community.

Examples of Black Country masters include Europe’s first ever female break dancer, an award-winning cactus breeder, a pioneering doctor and a young artist who has designed bespoke jackets for Kanye West. We also want to showcase our exceptional volunteers, bakers, neighbours and local heroes.

The Project
Leading up to our November Expo we will be promoting a public nomination to identify the 100 Masters. Key to this strategy is a series of Augmented Reality publications we’ll be developing with Juneau Projects and the Express and Star. Other features of the 100 Masters campaign will include:

  • Open Access Award – small awards/community commissions open for application (up to £4000 each).
  • Professional commissions open call through this brief (up to £10,000 each)
  • Coordinated marketing campaign – hosted by CBC and the Express and Star
  • Impact Hub programmed events, workshops and activities with a focus on community participation
  • November expo at Starworks, Wolverhampton – showcasing all 100 Masters

Artist Commission Opportunity
We would like to commission professional artists from any art form to create an artwork, installation, performance or participatory activity that engages and involves local people.

The resulting artwork should use the 100 Masters project as a theme. Artists can choose to look at 1 Master, a selection of Masters or all 100. We would especially encourage applications from artists who specialise in interactive media and digital art forms. Please see Masters nominated here – more will be added each week.

The commissions will be showcased at the Starworks Warehouse venue in Wolverhampton at the end of November 2017. Please download venue information here.

We would like the artists to work over a period of four to five months between June and November 2017, to research, develop and deliver. The main focus of the delivery or sharing of the work will be during the 100 Masters expo on the 24th and 25th November.

We are open to receiving proposals from individuals, joint applications, collectives of artists or organisation and activities must take place within Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton.

We are offering several levels of commission.

Up to £3000 | Up to 5,000 | Up to £10,000

These fees will be negotiable depending on experience and the proposal.

To apply, please send a short proposal outlining:

  • Your artistic practice
  • Why you think you are right for this project
  • How you might approach this commission and potential outcomes
  • Budget
  • Examples of your work

How to Apply: The deadline for proposals is Thursday 20th April 2017

If you have any enquiries please call Liam Smyth on 07703 823 229 during working hours.

Send Applications to: Project Administrator, Creative Black Country


Post: 1st Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX

Next Steps:

  • We will confirm receipt of all applications by email within 2 working days.
  • We will respond to shortlisted proposals by 28th April 2017

If shortlisted you will then be invited to give a presentation and short interview in May, date to be confirmed

Estimated Project Start: June 2017


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