news 21 Sep 2021

Artist Call Out for The Bath Challenge Research Project

The Bath Challenge Research Project is seeking a socially engaged artist with experience in producing digital media content to join the team as a Freelance Visual Artist!

What is The Bath Challenge Project?

The creative ecology in Bath has previously been described as ‘fragmented’, ‘undervalued’, and ‘lacking a cohesive narrative.’ But in the not too distant past, Bath was recognised as equal to Bristol in the energy and diversity of its cultural offer, articulated through festivals and events driven by different parts of the community. Whereas creativity has grown to become central to the narrative of Bristol as a successful city, it has begun to retreat in Bath, being replaced by a dominant focus on heritage as both the city’s cultural offer and the mainstay of its tourist economy.

As a consequence of the pandemic, Bath and North East Somerset Council have recognised the need to diversify the economy away from its reliance on heritage, tourism, and retail; the sectors amongst those most impacted.

The AHRC-funded Bristol + Bath Creative R+D are conducting a research project to establish a clearer shared narrative for the city’s industries.

What Does the Freelance Artist Role Involve?

Ideally, the artist will have experience in producing digital media content and have knowledge of the creative technology sector and informed knowledge of this in the Bath and/or West of England Combined Authority region.

The project favours the role of artists as social agents for change and capable of practice-based active research. In this role, the artist will play an important part in producing a Creative Output as a ‘Bath Challenge provocation’ co-developed by the team. As well as heightening awareness of creative industries activity in Bath, the output of this project once circulated will lead to wider engagement with residents, commerce, and political leaders in Bath.

Fee: £6000 inc VAT

Further information about the role and how to apply can be found here.

Deadline is 5pm, Friday 15th October.