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Artist Commission: Reimagining Soho House

  • Soho House Soho Avenue Birmingham (map)


Don’t Settle aim to present the histories of minoritised communities that reside in the diverse area of Handsworth at Soho House. Through the theme of innovation, we hope to bridge the gap that exists between the House and the community by showcasing the innovation of Handsworth that has developed over time and exists in the community to this day. 

Soho House is being reimagined by Don’t Settle Curators, aged between 16 and 25, for a November launch. Don’t Settle is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, of which BMT is a partner, and as part of their contribution to the project, will be funding the refurbishment. 

The Call

Don’t Settle are commissioning a textile artist to create two separate textile pieces of 1m by 2.4m to hang vertically on display in the entryway of Soho House. The first piece must be a visual interpretation of innovation that the House connects to in the past - such as its changing state as a house or Matthew Boulton’s contribution to the industrial revolution. The second piece must refer to innovation in contemporary Handsworth up to the present day, referring especially to the wider community.

The design must take into account imperative Don’t Settle values such as:

  • The reclaiming of heritage spaces that have traditionally excluded minoritised communities.

  • The importance of presenting alternative narratives in heritage sites and museums. 

  • The valuable position that young people of colour play in telling these narratives and how they will carry the work forward. 

Further information can be found in the downloadable pack below.

Further details

  • We are looking for artists who have experience of working with textiles.

  • We encourage artists based in and around the Handsworth area.

  • We encourage applications from individuals from minoritised communities.

  • The fee is £2000, including all expenses for resources/materials/travel. 

  • If successful, you will be expected to attend a meeting on the site of Soho House in late August (date to be arranged) and the piece must be completed by October 21st 2019. 

To apply

Please send your portfolio and a proposal for the piece of up to 2 sides of A4 to The successful candidate will be selected by our Curators. You will be contacted by Sharan regarding the status of your application.


9am, Monday 26th August 2019.

Expect to hear back

Wednesday 28th August 2019.

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