LEEDS 2023 will be a landmark year of culture for the city and region. Showcasing creativity across all forms of culture, LEEDS 2023 will partner with local, national and international artists, creatives and storytellers to deliver a series of world-class signature events across the year.
This Seed Commission is made possible by a partnership between the British Council and LEEDS 2023 and is for an artist based outside of the UK to research and develop an idea for a new artwork to be showcased within a multi-artform Retrospective in Leeds, in 2023.
As they prepare to celebrate significant global anniversaries, including India and Pakistan’s 75th year of independence in 2022, and the 75th anniversary of the landing of Empire Windrush in 2023, LEEDS 2023 are planning a Retrospective that will highlight the influence that artists of diasporic lineage and/or ethnically diverse artists have had on the UK’s cultural landscape over the past 75 years. The Retrospective will present work by UK artists alongside work by international artists and will facilitate intercultural dialogue and knowledge exchange.
This seed commission will support a period of research and development for you to scope an idea for a new artistic work that speaks to these themes.
The activity is supported by the British Council with Official Development Assistance funding, and as such, applicants for this seed commission must be residents in one of the countries and/or states eligible for Official Development Assistance funding: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The commission is worth £10,000 (plus access costs) and is primarily aimed at supporting paid thinking and development time, as opposed to realisation or delivery.