Open call for refugee and migrant artists

The Migration Museum is planning an exhibition called Room to Breathe launching in November 2018 and running through Summer 2019. We want to explore the theme of resilience of immigrants through a series of rooms designed to encourage visitor interaction. One of the rooms is a small art studio – (approximately 6 metres x 6 metres) in which we would like to exhibit the work of refugee or migrant artists.

We are working with visual artist Dima Karout as our artist/curator in residence for the artist studio. She is collaborating with us to create the art studio concept and its educational and participatory aspects.

We are inviting refugee or migrant artists based in London to apply for the opportunity to work in the art studio for a period of three weeks to one month. Each artist will be invited to make this art studio space his or her own by adding their personal elements. The artist will use the space to display previous work, create new work around the theme of resilience, and then participate in a group show at the end of the main exhibition in July.

We expect the artists to:

  • Be available for three weeks to one month in either March/April/May or June 2019
  • Be present in the studio as much as possible during their stay
  • Have some work already made that can be displayed
  • Help install their work and set up the studio at the beginning of their stay
  • Act in the role of invigilator of the space
  • Occasionally interact and talk with the museum visitors
  • Help visitors make an artistic contribution to the space if they want to
  • Prepare and run two scheduled workshops in the studio or the larger space within the gallery
  • Create work around the subject of resilience during their stay
  • Participate in and help install a group exhibition at the end of the exhibition run

We offer:

  • £500 that will need to cover all your fees, expenses and materials (The art studio will be fitted out with tables, basic art materials, easels etc. But you can personalise the space to your style during your stay)
  • An opportunity to exhibit and sell your work
  • Publicity through our website and social media
  • Welcome and help with installing and setting up

Please send a short proposal (A4) to include:

  • An idea in writing of what you want to work on and make, related to the theme of resilience, during your time in the space. Explain what medium you will use and what possible workshops you can facilitate
  • Max of ten photos or links that show your previous work
  • A short biography

Please send this file by email to:

Sue McAlpine, Migration Museum Curator:


Application Format:

All info in one pdf file

Title of the file: YourFullName.pdf

Subject of the email: Art Studio Application

Deadline: September 25, 2018

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