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Don’t Settle - Artist In Residence Call Out

Don’t Settle Overview

Don’t Settle is a three year project that empowers 16-25 year olds from minoritised communities in Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research and governance. The project will work in collaboration with Birmingham Museums Trust, Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust and the Black Studies Research Cluster at Birmingham City University. Don’t Settle is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Call

We are looking for two bold and dynamic artists who will encourage young people to take control of their own community history in radical ways using multiple art forms and ultimately contribute to the city’s shared history. This role is a one year opportunity to plan and deliver 10 workshops that facilitate the development of young people’s skills in producing two artistic events. Using alternative narratives to achieve this, both artists will help young people reclaim heritage spaces that have traditionally excluded minoritised communities.


  • We require artists who have experience of working in Birmingham and/or the Black Country. One artist will work primarily in Birmingham and the other primarily in the Black Country. Please specify in your application the area you would like to work in.

  • You must be able to attend some weekly workshops on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and occasional Saturday sessions.

  • Must have an interest in working with young people aged 16-25.

  • We especially welcome artists who work with spoken word, theatre, digital media, and music, but are open to other art forms.

  • We encourage applications from individuals from minoritised communities.

Paid opportunity. Please see information pack for more details.

Deadline: 12pm on 11th February 2019

Interviews to be held w/c 25th February 2019.

Start Date: March 2019, first workshop delivery 3rd April 2019.