Open

Open is an open call for new site-specific commissions across the United Kingdom.

Artists working in any media are invited to share proposals for ground-breaking projects that will transform the cultural landscape of the UK. Submissions are closed for the moment.


Previous Artangel Open calls have led to some of the most iconic projects of the past decade – Michael Landy’s Break Down, the very public destruction in a department store on Oxford Street of absolutely everything the artist owned; Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave in South Yorkshire, the re-enactment of a dark day in the conflict between police and colliery workers during the 1984 Miners' Strike; Roger Hiorns' Seizure, the blue crystal-filled council flat in South London; and Clio Barnard's award-winning film The Arbor shot on the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford.

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Selected Artists 2014

Adrian Jackson and Andrea Luka Zimmerman, in collaboration, and Maria Fusco were awarded the 2014 round of commissions.

Their proposals were chosen from over 700 submissions by a panel comprising film director Clio Barnard, artist Roger Hiorns, BBC Radio 4's Arts Commissioning Editor Tony Phillips, and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.

Inspired by Vittorio de Sica's classic film Bicycle Thieves, Adrian Jackson and film maker Andrea Luka Zimmerman will inspire London's diverse communities to tell their own cycle stories through performance and film in a forthcoming project. Edinburgh-based writer Maria Fusco's work Master Rock was a performance deep inside a mountain in Scotland, recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2015.


Image: From left, Lalor Roddy, Ceylan Hay and Denise Riley at the inaugural performance of Maria Fusco's Master Rock, 15 October 2015. Photograph: Robert Ormerod

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Selected Artists 2013

The artists Katrina Palmer and Ben Rivers were awarded the first two commissions from the new £1 million initiative from Artangel and BBC Radio 4.

Their proposals were chosen from over 1500 submissions by a panel including Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Radio 4's Arts Commissioning Editor Tony Phillips, and artists Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns.

The resultant projects were Katrina Palmer's End Matter (2015), an excavation of the Isle of Portland off the south coast of England, a place shaped and hollowed out over centuries by convicts and quarrymen to provide stone for some of London's best-known buildings, and Ben Rivers's installation The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers at what used to be the BBC's studios in White City, and his feature length film THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS.


Image: Oliver Laxe in a still from THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS directed by Ben Rivers (2015).