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Artist Residency and Commission Brief: Decolonising Natural History

Delfina Foundation in partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens is delighted to announce an open call for a UK-based artist

Closing date: 5 Feb 2021

The Horniman Museum and Gardens, in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, are offering a three-month residency opportunity to a UK based artist, as part of the institution’s ongoing decolonial work, to engage with its Natural History collection and produce a new commission for the museum’s ‘Inspired by Nature’ space.

The Horniman’s early collections, assembled by Victorian tea trader Frederick Horniman were mostly acquired in the mid-late 1800s and early 1900s during the peak of British colonial rule. This includes thousands of specimens still held in our Natural History collection.

Collections were key to the advancement of Western scientific knowledge and understanding. Many also served to control, promote and justify the expansion of the colonial enterprise. Colonial collecting was not always equitable, or often acknowledged, even today. This has led to calls for greater acknowledgement and representation for those whose voices and contributions were often left out.

This residency will be twelve-weeks, and take place in spring 2021 (29 March – 18 June 2021) during Delfina Foundation’s Collecting as Practice season, with the engagement between the selected artist and the Horniman running from 29 February – early December 2021. Artwork for the commission needs to be completed by October and ready for installation in early December 2021.

The Selected Practitioner Will Receive:

  • Opportunities to engage with artists, curators, academics and researchers through organised studio visits, events and meals.
  • Professional development activities including:
    • Peer-to-peer presentations and crits;
    • Portfolio reviews with external curators and experts.
  • A stipend of £1,500.
  • Workspace at Delfina Foundation, including access to the project space and library. If the UK Associate is based outside of London, a travel budget will be provided for several trips to London, as needed, and occasional overnight accommodation. There is potential scope for longer accommodation.
  • A fee of £3,000, paid in two instalments by the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
  • A production budget of up to £6,000 (this will cover all costs including: materials, manufacture, equipment, transport in and out of the Museum, mounting and installation/de-installation costs, related artist travel/accommodation expenses, subject to final agreement), paid by the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
  • Support from the Horniman Museum and Gardens for the installation, conservation, interpretation, and marketing of the work, and desk space to carry out research related to the commission.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens and the Delfina Foundation particularly welcome proposals from artists of African, Caribbean, South and South East Asian heritage as these backgrounds link closely to the Horniman’s colonial history and legacy.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm 5 February 2021.

Find out more about the commission, and how to apply by the deadline on www.horniman.ac.uk

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Opportunity provided by:
The Horniman Museum and Gardens, in partnership with the Delfina Foundation
Venue Location:
Horniman Museum & Gardens
100 London Road
Forest Hill
SE23 3PQ
020 8699 1872
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