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MELA Commissioning Emerging and Diverse Artists

Mela Social Enterprise


Commissions for emerging and/or diverse artists

To be presented at

Big Heart Balsall Heath

intercultural community event on 8th October 2017 along the Moseley Road

Eight Commissions for Emerging and/or diverse artists

Commission £1000

Funded by Arts Council England

Deadline for Applications 25 August 2017


We want artists to propose artistic activity that gets the diverse community of Balsall Heath talking to one another and understanding difference, on a day involving over 12 community organisations.

  • We invite artists to experiment, do something different, collaborate and take risks with their practice.
  • To propose an intervention at a diverse community event


To support artists to understand the context and improve access to the proposal making process, we have organised a gathering for artists and community organisations on Monday August 14 2017 at 4pm – 7 pm at Moseley School of Art, 496 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH.

It’s an opportunity:

To visit spaces where you will propose work

  • To meet organisations, and find out what they are doing
  • To say a few words and present a sample of your work
  • It’s a safe space to inspire creative thinking about what you might do in a unique social context


If you wish to attend Big Heart Balsall Heath gathering please email:


Commissioning brief for applying emerging and/or diverse artists

Mela social enterprise want to research the role of ‘place’ in meeting the social and cultural needs of diverse communities and their identities. Following MELA’s successful intercultural community engagement events on the Moseley Road aimed at bringing the diverse communities of Balsall Heath together and making the Moseley Road a new meeting place for the neighbourhood. This project is open to all art forms and will involve established artists adept at working in a social context, and commission emerging diverse artists producing new work. Both emerging artists and established artists will inspire the local community of Balsall Heath to participate in a unique market day; that will transform the Moseley Road, in Birmingham and bring about lasting dialogue between cultures and facilitate collaboration between community organisations.

We are asking community organisations to express their market stall in a number of ways, Some ideas are:

Trading: an opportunity for local makers, producers and businesses to showcase their goods

Performing: an opportunity for the development of local cultural and creative talent across Balsall Heath working in spoken word, music, visual arts, dance, craft, decorative arts, mehndii etc.

Sharing: an opportunity to engage in conversations and learn about what’s going on in Balsall Heath

Learning: an opportunity to take part in a series of workshops to learn from those living and working in Balsall Heath

Eating: an opportunity to taste the various cultural cuisines of people living and working in Balsall Heath


When making their proposal, we ask emerging artists to consider this context of a community “happening” along the Moseley road where organisations have created their own stalls and participatory activity.


  • We will accept proposals from emerging artists based in Birmingham and surrounding areas.
  • On this project we are interested in working with artists that identify themselves as diverse and emerging.
  • We ask emerging artists to make proposals that engage audiences in a different way.
  • We anticipate thematic and topical proposal’s to get people talking.
  • We welcome, culturally diverse art forms, urban art, music, song writing, dance, heritage / site-specific themes, spoken word, digital interactive art, artist walks, visual art, installation, sensory art-work, live art, music, sound art.
  • We anticipate artists interventions, please provide an explanation of how you will involve visitors and audiences using Birmingham and Balsall Heath as a melting pot for diversity, and as the site and location of your work.
  • If you are a disabled artist or Deaf artist you can apply for an additional £500 to support you to manage your project.
  • Mela Social Enterprise research the role of ‘place’ in meeting the social and cultural needs of diverse communities and their identities. Mela are interested in new approaches to social cohesion, and seek to find ways to bridge communities and bring about intercultural activity in the public realm. We offer a social context for new work, and welcome interdisciplinary practice and collaboration.


Contact Mela Social Enterprise

Dr Noha Nasser:

Alan McLean email:

Alan McLean Mobile/text: 07982 237163


For your information here are the questions on the application form, if you wish to send your proposal by email


Mela Social Enterprise Proposal Form

Commissions for emerging diverse artist

Please answer all the following questions:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Email
  4. Contact Number
  5. Proposal (Maximum 1000 words)
  6. Biography (Maximum 500 words)
  7. How do you define term emerging artist and your fit with this term?
  8. How do you define term diversity and your fit with this term?
  9. If you identify as a disabled artist or Deaf please tell us support you require to manage your project ?
  10. If you are using another format to make your proposal, eg video, please provide on line link ?
  11. Please provide your website or online profile, If any?
  12. Please tell us about arts organisations or projects, or individuals that have supported your work in the past?
  13. Any more information you wish to add?
  14. Please include images


Return form by Monday August 25th 2017


Application Form

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