The Box Plymouth is inviting artists based in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to apply for 20 paid micro-commissions as part of one of their new initiatives in response to Covid-19.

‘State of Emergency’ will award £500 to each successful artist to cover their fees and production costs.

Applicants are asked to consider how Covid-19 has impacted on our notion of freedom during this exceptional time.

Applications in any medium or discipline are welcomed and could include a painting, a piece of writing, a video, a GIF, a performance, dance or sound piece. The final outcomes of each commission will be shared via The Box’s digital platforms this summer.

Plymouth City Council Leader, Tudor Evans OBE said: The restrictions we’ve been following over the last few weeks have made many people re-evaluate and adapt the way they live, work, communicate and create. What does freedom mean in a state of crisis? The Box has a key role in supporting the cultural sector in Plymouth and the South West. We’re really keen to explore and document how artists respond to this question and, most importantly, provide opportunities for them to showcase their creative talents at such a difficult and unprecedented time.

Selection criteria

  • Artists must live and work in Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall and can apply by emailing a proposal (maximum 500 words) outlining their ideas and a short CV. Any attachments submitted with the proposal should be no more than 3MB in size
  • Projects should reflect on the current state of living and not break current Government guidelines around social distancing
  • Applications will be reviewed, and commissions selected by The Box’s Contemporary Arts team
  • The final selection will be based on the quality of the proposed response to the commission

Key dates

  • Applications deadline: 5 pm on Monday 25 May 2020
  • Successful commissions announced: Friday 29 May 2020
  • Final works submitted for the successful commissions in a digital format: 5 pm on Friday 12 June 2020
  • Works will be published/shared online: Summer 2020