Artist commissions with AMPLIFY

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  • Applications have closed.

Website Hysteria Aberdeen

AMPLIFY is a new project funded by Aberdeen City Council.  The project will award three £500 mini commissions to written, visual or performance artists who wish to make new work inspired by their own lived experience of marginalisation. AMPLIFY aims to address the  historical overrepresentation of white, cisgender and male perspectives in the arts by amplifying underrepresented voices. It also aims to create paid opportunities for those most likely to face barriers to career progression in the arts.

We are looking specifically for early career artists, or artists who haven’t had much commissioned or exhibited work.  Perhaps this is your first experience submitting a project proposal, or you’ve only been freelancing for a year or two.  Or maybe you’ve been an artist for a long time, but only recently transitioned to making a living from your art.  It could be that you wish to take a new direction or build on an existing practice.  Formal experience is absolutely not necessary!

Commission Brief

We are looking for work that connects individual experience to wider social justice issues, and that addresses one or more of the following themes: identity, justice/injustice, equality/inequality, resistance, intersectionality, current political themes or events.

Commissioned artists will receive the following:

– £500 to complete a small creative project

– A feature article about yourself and your work on our website

– A 1:1 mentoring session in which you will receive guidance on managing commissions as a freelance creative.

– Your work exhibited digitally on our website following completion of the commission, and the chance to speak about yourself and your work at an online event.

These commissions are only open to women, non binary & otherwise gender marginalised artists (inclusive of trans men).  To ensure AMPLIFY benefits the most marginalised members of our community, we reserve one commission for an artist of colour and one commission for a Deaf/disabled artist.  In the application form, you will be asked which commission you wish to apply for.

How to apply

Please carefully read our application guidelines before applying.

To apply, please complete this form and tell us a bit more about yourself and your proposed project. Please also provide three samples of work in a similar style to what you are proposing.  If preferred, you may send a video response to the questions along with three relevant work samples to

The deadline for applications is Friday 10th September at 5pm.

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