Black British History – Past & Present Icons

Deadline: Monday 14 September, midday

People Dem Collective are collaborating with Margate NOW 2020 on an exciting commission involving all the community for Black History Month.

People Dem Collective are asking Black, Brown & Diaspora (people of cultural heritage other than the place they were born) artists to respond to the theme of Black British History – Past & Present Icons. Who are the Black British people that are of importance or have inspired you?

The selected 10 pieces will form an exciting resource which will be used across Thanet Schools and in the community, giving everyone the opportunity to respond to the question and create artwork. Ben Connors, in collaboration with People Dem Collective, will be creating a huge evolving mural on the shopfronts under the iconic Arlington House using the work produced, and visitors and families will be able to watch this take shape over the course of the festival.

Each commission selected will receive £125.

You can apply with any 2D medium for example and not exclusively, illustration, graphic design and photography.

Deadline: Monday 14 September, midday
Notification to artists: Tuesday 15 September
Final artwork delivery: Monday 21 September


To apply, please complete the online Google Form here.

It is advised to prepare your answers before filling out the form, as you cannot save your progress. The questions you will be asked are below:

About You
– Name
– Address
– Postcode
– Email
– Phone Number
– Website
– Social Media Links – Facebook + Instagram

Proposal
– Who are you selecting as your Black British person of importance?
– How has this person been of importance or influence to you?
– What does Margate NOW mean to you?
– Please upload two examples of previous work
– Please upload a sketch of your proposed artwork (A5, 148mm x 210mm, portrait format)


Further details:

The final Zines will be A5 (148mm x 210mm), orientation portrait format. The artwork submission to fit these dimensions.

If selected, your artwork will be used as part of the educational resource and in the final Zines. The Zines will be a combination of the artists responding to the same brief as the students, along with instructions and introductions to both Margate Festival and People Dem Collective.

If chosen, you can submit your final artwork either digitally (minimum 300dpi) or on paper. We can arrange the scanning of any works submitted on paper.


This project is supported by Kent County Council and KCC member Barry Lewis. Margate NOW 2020 is a multi-disciplinary arts festival guest curated by People Dem Collective, made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and South East Creatives.