Museum & Art Swindon are looking for a Community Artist

Museum and Art Swindon are looking for a Community Artist experienced in inclusive engagement and community-led practice. The artist will work with a group of young people aged 16-24 to create an artwork inspired by participants’ own backgrounds, experiences, ideas and cultural traditions.

Museum and Art Swindon is part of Wessex Museums, a thriving partnership of the five principal museums across Dorset and Wiltshire that tell the stories of Wessex from prehistory to now. 

Wessex Museums is rediscovering and reconnecting people to the region’s rich folk heritage. This is part of our ongoing project, Lost & Found: Redefining Wessex’s folk arts and traditions. The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, and the Swire Charitable Trust. This initiative will celebrate the region’s rich folk heritage through a captivating touring exhibition. The exhibition is titled Un/Common People: Folk Culture in Wessex.

Museum and Art Swindon looking for an artist to create artwork with the group of young people, as part of this exhibition. The artwork could take any form, and include a variety of media, including 2D and 3D visual arts, performance, poetry, dance, artistic responses, song. It could be, or could include digital work. The young people would like it to:

  • Have a big impact and reflect the festive, colourful, meaningful aspects of ‘Folk’.
  • Include a story or symbolism and references to popular culture and music.
  • Have soul, personality and purpose, e.g. to provoke emotion.
  • Be representative of a diverse society and enable people to relate.
  • Incorporate: Modern folk/Future Folk or Folk to be/Folklore in the digital age.


Museum and Art Swindon – Artist Brief

Responding to the brief 

For information on how to apply, refer to the document above. Submissions should be returned to by 5pm, Monday 15 July 2024.


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