Call for artists to deliver workshops

We are excited to announce that the call for artists to take part in Unlocking Creative Learning Cities collaborative project is NOW OPEN!

Dhek Bhal and University of Bristol are proud to announce a new collaborative project to inspire new art co-production and storytelling activities. The project is set to bring art to the Dhek Bhal community. To do so, we are looking for artists from any discipline who want to work with Dhek Bhal to create a collaborative artwork inspired by Dhek Bhal users’ stories.

What is Unlocking Creative Learning Cities?

Dhek Bhal, a community-based charity, has been working with the ageing South Asian population in Bristol experiencing social isolation and vulnerability. This project is building on their unique legacy of culturally responsive services to explore the use of participatory art methods, ethnography and storytelling in enhancing Dhek Bhal’s work in health and wellbeing, and share it with broader audiences across the city.

The artworks will be designed co-productively during two workshops with individuals who are Dhek Bhal service users. Produced during storytelling and critical making sessions, the workshops will explore how the city acts as a medium for learning as seen from the perspective of the ageing South Asian respondents. Each workshop will be designed in a culturally appropriate manner, including men-only and women-only sessions and sharing reflections and food together. As the sessions will be supported by community interpreters, they will provide a welcoming environment, encouraging the participants to recall stories, share with others and think creatively about their experiences.

Why should you apply to be an Unlocking Creative Learning Cities artist?

We expect participating artists to have an interest in developing connections with the local community. Participants will be primarily provided with opportunities to:

  • Develop a unique collaboration with Dhek Bhal and the University of Bristol researchers
  • Showcase the resulting work at an exhibition in Coexist, Bristol  in August 2017
  • A workshop honorarium of £300 per session. We will also provide a small budget for materials and post-production.

You will need to be available for one or two workshops:

  1. June 2017 10:00 – 16:00 Dhek Bhal women’s group
  2. July 2017 10:00 – 16:00 Dhek Bhal men’s group.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please email us a selection of art production options suitable for the group activity with a short description of your past experience and interest in this project.


Please feel free to contact us with any further queries.

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2017. The shortlisted artists will have an opportunity to meet the project team on 17. March 2017 to discuss ideas further.


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