BLAST opportunities with Multistory


Opportunity for six curators and six artists from the West Midlands

Multistory is inviting early / mid career curators and artists to apply for one of 12 opportunities to create new work / exhibitions for Blast! Festival in 2019.

Curators’ Opportunity
Curators are invited to apply for one of six commissions to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on communities and re-imaging and re-presenting work from the Multistory photographic collection. They are interested in receiving applications that present creative approaches to animating our collection, engaging with communities and presenting an exhibition / event / performance that sits within the Blast Festival in 2019. This opportunity is open to independent curators, artists or collectives based in the West Midlands.

Artists’ Opportunity
Artists are invited to apply for one of six commissions to develop new work for the Blast! Festival in 2019. Artists will be required to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on, and collaborating with, communities identified by Multistory. This opportunity is available to artists working within photography, moving image, digital media and sound. They are open to applications from independent artists or collaborations.

Successful applicants for each opportunity will receive a budget of £5K (inc VAT) for fee, delivery, materials and production of the work (additional budget is available to support the installation of the work); each curator / artist will also be supported by mentoring and professional development, with six master classes / artists talks by professional artists forming part of the programme of support.

Blast! is an ambitious two-year project that will develop, showcase and celebrate exceptional art produced in the borough of Sandwell. Focusing on photography, moving image, digital media and sound, Blast! will see six flagship weekenders of international and breakthrough artist commissions produced with communities and businesses in each of Sandwell’s six distinctive towns, culminating in a festival finale on the streets of West Bromwich in June 2019.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 6pm on Friday 22nd September 2017.  See Multistory’s website on how to apply.

Image by Martin Parr courtesy of Multistory


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