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Are you a visual artist based in the North of England, UK passionate about unravelling the layers of our shared colonial past and its impact on contemporary culture? 

Contested Desires: Constructive Dialogues (CDCD) is an opportunity for two artists in the North of England to take part in an international programme that brings together artists, cultural organisations, and communities to delve into the complexities of our colonial legacy. 

About CDCD 
Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the programme consists of 19 global partners aiming to unravel the influence of our shared colonial past on cultural identities today. From Italy to Ghana, Tunisia to Chile, CDCD discovers the connections between our past and present, fostering dialogue and understanding across diverse perspectives. 
What we offer 

  • An immersive experience with international residencies, exhibitions, and knowledge exchange workshops to take place between September 2024 and November 2026 (artists are expected to participate fully in the programme). 
  • Project fee, as specified in the Artist Brief (plus covered travel, accommodations, per diems, and production materials). 

This Open Call is to select two visual artists in the North East of England, UK based on: 

  • Quality of artistic practice 
  • Quality of response to the questions in the application form 
  • Experience of participatory and socially engaged practice 
  • Experience of collaboration with other artists and across sectors 
  • Demonstrable interest in the role of contemporary arts in heritage contexts, with reference to the themes of the programme 

Equity, diversity and equality  

  • We seek to ensure that no present or potential artist or project participant is treated less favourably than another on grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. 
  • While our ambition is to shape an open, accessible project, we also acknowledge that the nature of this project involves extended periods of travel, which may present barriers to participation. 
  • If you have access requirements to enable you to participate in the CDCD programme you will be able to identify this in the application form. If you need access support to be able to make your application, please contact

Sustainable art vision 
The CDCD project prioritises environmental sustainability through self-regulatory ethical guidelines, alignment with global standards like the Sustainable Development Goals, and promoting eco-philosophy for artistic inspiration. The project monitors and assesses adherence to ethical guidelines while enhancing awareness of the interconnectedness between art and sustainability.  

Participatory and socially engaged visual arts practices. Selected artists will be encouraged to create ephemeral and mobile works that are environmentally conscious and that can be adapted to be site-specific to each place. 

How to apply (free to apply)
Visit the link below to access the Artist Brief and take your first step toward joining CDCD's transformative journey: 
Artist Brief link: 

Application deadline: 7 May, 2024 

Find out more about this opportunity and how to apply here on their website.

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