Slate Commissions 2019

There are four commissions available in this final round of commissioning. We welcome applications from Black* artists based in the North** of England, working across any art form (including, but not limited to, visual arts, theatre, dance, circus, music, literature and film).

  • 2 x £4000 (R&D): to support artists to work through new concepts or ideas.
  • 2 x £8000 (MAKE): to support artists who are ready to get their project up and running. One of the commissions is aimed at artists interested in making work for younger audiences (aged 13–25).

* To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.
** North of England (Humberside, North East, North West and Yorkshire).

The Brief

Deadline: Fri 14 Jun, 5pm

The Legacy Artist: What will you be remembered for?

If you could only ever make one more piece of art, what would it be? This is the final round of Slate commissions and we’re looking for work that is bold in its ambition created by artists who want to change the world, by any means necessary.

We want you to have the freedom to create the work you want to make. There is no set theme, no set subject and you can be working in any art form*. The only expectation is that the work you create will have a profound impact on anyone who comes to see it.

We want you to challenge, inspire, empower and pave the way for a new generation.

Be bold. Be fearless. Be the artist that you want to be.

*If your art form is outside the primary area of work of the commission partners, please arrange to speak with your local Enabler for guidance on submitting an application.

More Information 

To download the full commissions Call Out pack, click here.
To download an Equal Opportunities form, click here.

To download the audio version of Call Out & How To Apply, click here.
To download the audio version of Commissioning Criteria, click here.
To download the audio version of Commissioning Partners, click here.

To submit your written application online, click here
Alternatively, to submit an audio or video application, click here.

If you have any questions about this year’s commissions or your application, please contact the Slate Enabler working in your region:

Adam Lowe (Greater Manchester):
Chardine Taylor-Stone (South & West Yorkshire):
Charlotte Bowen (North Yorkshire & Humber):
Degna Stone (North East):
Saphena Aziz (Liverpool & Merseyside):