UTOPIA: Artist Commission

The Royal Standard is inviting six artists from the North West to create a micro-commission for a new digital project responding to the theme of UTOPIA.

Deadline: 5 June 2020 / 12 Midnight
Commission fee: £300 per artist
The Royal Standard is inviting six artists from the North West to create a micro-commission for a new digital project responding to the theme of UTOPIA. Each artist's work will be displayed on a landing page on our new website for a 3 week period between June and October.
Although this is a digital project, a background in digital art is non-essential and we will be accepting submissions from artists working in a diverse range of mediums.
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BRIEF
Definition: Utopia—An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect
In a time of profound environmental, economic and social crisis, we invite artists to respond to ideas of UTOPIA—imagined spaces of societal perfection and a better way of living. Overnight, COVID-19 has dramatically changed global living dynamics. Does this crisis offer us an opportunity to radically reinvent the world in which we live? Can we rethink how we act and connect? Can we live slower and more intentionally, bringing local and global communities together, reducing our impact on the planet and having a positive effect on a mass scale?
Utopian thinking aspires to a better world and has long been harnessed as a tool by artists to contribute to our understanding of culture and to map out future possibilities. However, some argue failed utopian projects of the past prove radical ideas for social change impractical and irrational schemes. We invite six artists to respond to such ideas and questions through their projects, plotting out visions and hopes for the future through real or imaginary sites.
Manifesting as a digital project, the brief acts to prompt discussion surrounding social, economic, and environmental change, technological shifts in society, and the artist's place in social transformation.
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Each artist's work will be displayed on a landing page on The Royal Standard's new website for a 3 week period between June and October.

Although this is a digital project, a background in digital art is non-essential and submissions from artists working in a diverse range of mediums will be accepted.

Definition: Utopia - An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect

In a time of profound environmental, economic and social crisis, The Royal Standard invites artists to respond to ideas of UTOPIA - imagined spaces of societal perfection and a better way of living. Overnight, COVID-19 has dramatically changed global living dynamics. Does this crisis offer us an opportunity to radically reinvent the world in which we live? Can we rethink how we act and connect? Can we live slower and more intentionally, bringing local and global communities together, reducing our impact on the planet and having a positive effect on a mass scale?

Utopian thinking aspires to a better world and has long been harnessed as a tool by artists to contribute to our understanding of culture and to map out future possibilities. However, some argue failed utopian projects of the past prove radical ideas for social change impractical and irrational schemes. The Royal Standard invites six artists to respond to such ideas and questions through their projects, plotting out visions and hopes for the future through real or imaginary sites.

Manifesting as a digital project, the brief acts to prompt discussion surrounding social, economic, and environmental change, technological shifts in society, and the artist's place in social transformation.

Commission fee: £300 per artist

Deadline: 5 June 2020 / 12 Midnight

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