Open

Ever had an idea for a project you thought could never be made?

Over the years, in collaboration with intrepid partners, Artangel has invited people to share their most ambitious, unstoppable ideas for art about, in or for an unusual place. From a reservoir of ideas for a huge range of possible locations – as well as a few impossible ones – a number of artists have been selected and gone on to realise their extraordinary projects.

How to enter

The most recent open call closed 28 February 2014.

As soon as the next one is announced, you will be able to submit your ideas here. To be amongst the first to find out, follow us online or subscribe to our newsletter, links at the bottom of this page.

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2014

Selected Artists

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

Inspired by Vittorio de Sica’s classic film Bicycle Thieves, Adrian Jackson and 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.

Judging Panel

The panel included previously-commissioned artists Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns, Radio 4 Arts Commissioning Editor Tony Phillips, and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.

Submissions

Closing 28 February 2014, this open call received over 700 ideas. 

Partners

This was the second year of a partnership between Artangel and BBC Radio 4. Diversity Art Forum also continued to support the mentoring programme.


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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2013

Selected Artists

The artists Katrina Palmer and Ben Rivers were awarded the 2013 commissions.

The resultant projects were 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 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.

Judging Panel

The panel included previously-commissioned artists Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns, Radio 4 Arts Commissioning Editor Tony Phillips, and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.

Submissions

Closing 29 April 2013, this open call received over 1500 ideas. The 2013 longlist is a selection of the best of these submissions.

Partners

In 2013, Open was relaunched as a new £1 million initiative from Artangel and BBC Radio 4. To mark this alliance, five artists – Christian Marclay, Ruth Ewan, Peter Strickland, Susan Hiller and Mark Wallinger – created a series of Open Air broadcasts, short pieces aired immediately after the Today programme from 25 – 29 March 2013. Diversity Art Forum also enabled all short-listed artists to select and meet with mentors to develop their ideas.


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).

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2006

Selected Artists

Clio Barnard, Ruth Ewan, Roger Hiorns and Alan Kane were selected in Artangel's second open call for ideas in 2006.

Clio Barnard’s The Arbor is a multi-award-winning documentary film telling the story of the Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar. Over one hundred buskers in London slipped Ballad of Accounting by Ewan MacColl into their performance repertoire during Ruth Ewan's Did You Kiss the Foot That Kicked You?. Roger Hiorns’s Seizure occupied a council flat in Elephant & Castle, London with a crystal growth, the result of 75,000 litres of copper sulphate. The nation learned to draw through televised life-drawing classes led by famous artists as part of Alan Kane's project Life Class: Today’s Nude.

Judging Panel

The panel included previously-commissioned artists Jeremy Deller and Shirin Neshat, theatre director Emma Rice and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.

Submissions

This call, closing 6 October 2006, drew over 800 proposals for public art projects due for completion between 2008 and 2010. 

Partners

2006 saw the launch of a £1-million initiative between Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, in association with Channel 4 and Arts Council England. The inclusion of Channel 4 broadened the potential reach and impact of the commissioned projects through specific programmes for broadcast television.


Image: Actress Natalie Gavin sits on sofa on the Buttershaw Estate in a still from The Arbor by Clio Barnard (2010)

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1999

Selected Artists

The original open call was made in 1999 and the selected artists were Jeremy Deller and Michael Landy.

Both projects were realised in 2001. The Battle of Orgreave was Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of a pivotal battle from the 1980s miners strikes in Yorkshire and Break Down was Michael Landy’s systematic, public destruction of every single thing he owned on Oxford Street, London.

Judging Panel

The panel included previously-commissioned artists Brian Eno and Rachel Whiteread, art historian Richard Cork and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.


Image: Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave, 2001. Production photograph: Martin Jenkinson