Published: Thursday, 2nd September 2021

Artists have been invited to submit proposals for four commissions up to £25,000 each to create new artworks with the subject to be from a sporting event at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Artwork can be in any art form and will be included as part of Birmingham 2022 Cultural programme that will run alongside the sports programme at next year’s Commonwealth Games. The sports in this creative brief are Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls, Swimming and Para Swimming, Athletics and Para Athletics, Basketball 3x3 and Wheelchair Basketball 3x3.

Interested artists and creative organisations can visit Birmingham 2022 website to find out more and submit their proposals ahead of the deadline of 14 September.

Councillor Liam Bartlett, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism & Leisure said: 

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a creative person or organisation from Warwick district to create a piece of art which will be seen by 1,000’s of people every day during the time of the Games.  And where better to get inspiration for a piece of art depicting Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls than the world-class Victoria Park Bowling greens in Royal Leamington Spa.”

Raidene Carter, Executive Producer for Culture and Live Sites at Birmingham 2022 said:

“We are delighted to once again be calling upon the fantastic artists based in Birmingham and the West Midlands to help us bring the Birmingham 2022 culture programme to life.

“This time, we are inviting creatives from across all artistic disciplines to submit proposals for commissions of up to £25,000 to artistically interpret some of the sporting highlights of the Commonwealth Games.

“From podcasts and poetry, to art installations and animation, we want to hear from artists who can show us how inspired they are by The Games and who want to be part of the biggest one-off culture and sporting event to happen in the West Midlands.”

This sports commissioning initiative by the Birmingham 2022 culture programme follows the launch of the Birmingham City Council funded £2 million Creative City Grants scheme for community groups across Birmingham. Recruitment is also still live for the Critical Mass dance participation project, a unique opportunity for young people to be part of the Games major cultural events.

The Birmingham 2022 culture programme will deliver a six-month cultural festival across Birmingham and the West Midlands running from March to August 2022. The Festival aims to promote and showcase the diverse creative talent of the city and region to a global audience. More information about Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Culture Programme will be released this Autumn.

Basketball team, with one player slam dunking

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