People’s History Museum (PHM) is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future. The museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.
PHM is currently exploring the theme of migration through a programme of exhibitions, events, activities and discussions. The approach to the theme was developed in response to a series of public consultations which took place in early 2019. The programme has been co-created with a Community Programme Team, made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration, who have been working with the museum since summer 2019.
In response to the consultation, PHM has chosen to move away from its traditional approach of a single, large scale temporary exhibition to an adventurous project focusing on challenging the migration narratives in its main galleries and finding new ways of highlighting the stories of migration across the 200 years of history they tell. The Community Programme Team are leading on developing the ideas and undertaking research for this project. They are now looking for a number of artists and designers to work with to realise their ideas.
The result of this project will be a series of gallery interventions installed throughout the museum’s main galleries which interrupt the usual visitor experience. Visitors will be taken on a journey following several different stories exploring the contributions of migrants in Britain and the differing reasons why people migrate, presented through a series of installations and animations. These will be displayed in the museum’s main galleries from summer 2021.
The key objectives of the project are to:
The project has been made possible through funding from Art Fund and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
PHM is looking for an artist with experience of working on community led projects to create an installation in their chosen media that will highlight the unseen contribution migrants make to the UK economy, which is heavily dependent on their labour.
The installation will be temporarily installed in the main galleries at the museum as part of the wider gallery interventions project and could be a single piece or multiple pieces spread throughout. It will be included within a Family Friendly trail resource which will take visitors on a journey throughout the main galleries, bringing together the separate components of the project. Find out more about the commission opportunities for the other elements of the project.
The artist will work alongside the Community Programme Team and respond to the following key ideas and themes they have identified and developed throughout the project:
The final installation:
Take a 3D tour to explore the museum’s main galleries. An onsite visit can be arranged with the successful artist.
There is a maximum budget of £2,000 (exclusive of VAT) available for the delivery of this element of the project including all artist fees, production costs and expenses.
Reflective of the community led nature of this project, the Community Programme Team will be deeply involved in both the shortlisting of expressions of interest and the interview sessions for this commission, with support from PHM staff.
The deadlines outlined above are subject to change due to the ongoing uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The project timeline may need to be adapted and we may require some flexibility to work beyond these dates.
We are aiming to share the outcomes of this project in summer 2021 but we will look at creative ways to do this digitally if the museum remains closed and physical installation is not possible.
If you would like to submit an expression of interest please return a PDF with the following information to PHM Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00pm on Friday 12 March 2021:
If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Zofia Kufeldt by email at email@example.com.
As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. We would particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of migration and those who are under-represented in the arts and culture sector.