Leeds Arts University is pleased to invite applications from UK-based artists who identify as Black, Asian or from other ethnic minority groups for the 2022 Commissions Programme.

The aim is to increase the presence of practitioners of ethnic minorities interacting with the University and to challenge and develop pedagogy by generating inclusive debate. The opportunity is part of the University’s 2020-21 to 2024-25 Access and Participation Plan, an ambitious five-year plan to develop access to, success during, and progression following University for students from underrepresented groups, including students of Black, Asian, and other minority ethnicities.

For 2022 commissions, the selected projects should respond to one of four themes:

community building
imagery of strength
cultural geographies (Leeds)

The two successful applicants will each receive:

  • A £2,000 fee to conceive and develop a new commission and participate in a one-day public engagement event
  • A £2,500 production budget for the commission to include materials, travel and subsistence expenses and community engagement (if relevant)
  • Support and mentorship from LAU’s Curatorial team
  • Working within budget as set out in this brief, the artist will collaborate with the curatorial team to see through the timely completion of this work by 6 May 2022.

The new commission will be launched in late Spring 2022 as part of LAU’s engagement programme either on campus or on our website and online channels (depending on the artistic format and the uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic). The University will lead on publicity and opportunities for engagement.


The opportunity is for UK-based artists of all ages who identify as Black, Asian or from other ethnic minority groups.

Please note that one of the two commissions will be reserved for a 2020 or 2021 graduate of Leeds Arts University Further Education and Higher Education programmes. We are not able to accept applications from artists currently undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate course.



Monday 31 January 2022.



Published on:
10 Jan 2022
Opportunity deadline:
31 Jan 2022


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