Rickshaw Project

South Asia Gallery

Applications are now open for British artists of South Asian heritage to join our South Asia Gallery Rickshaw Project team.

We are looking for an experienced Visual Artist and two young people aged 18-25 with a passion for art and design.

You will be part of the team developing the decorative designs for two rickshaws which will be imported from Bangladesh. One of the rickshaws will go on display in the South Asia Gallery at Manchester Museum and the other will travel to different venues in the city.

Application Deadline: 12 midday, Sunday 3 July

 

Download Visual Artist Information Pack

 

Download Young Artist Information Pack 

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Visual Artist

About the opportunity

This paid opportunity will run throughout July, August and September. You will also support and mentor two young artists/designers of South Asian heritage from Greater Manchester throughout the course of the project.

It will include:

  • Up to 5 days for planning, meetings and evaluation

  • Participation in and contributing to up to 10 on line 90 minute sessions . Dates and time to be confirmed (July/August)

  • Up to 10 days for rickshaw art workshops at Manchester Museum. Dates to be confirmed (August/September)​​

What are we looking for?

Artist Specification:

  • Essential: from a South Asian heritage background/diaspora

  • An experienced visual artist

  • Proven skills in arts and design practice in any of the following areas;

    • Graphic design and digital art

    • Illustration

    • Painting

    • Pattern making of motifs/designs

    • Textile design/crafting

    • Drawing and sketching

  • Experience working and engaging with young people and communities

  • Experience or proven interest in co-creation processes and working collaboratively in virtual spaces

  • Experience of developing artists in a mentoring or similar capacity

  • A creative thinker – with fresh and exciting ideas

  • Strong teamwork, time management and adaptability skills to work within given or shifting timeframes

  • Be passionate and willing to be an ambassador for the South Asia Gallery Rickshaw project and Manchester Museum

What will you receive?

  • A commission fee of £3000

  • Available guidance and resources from Manchester Museum’s Collections and Learning & Engagement team

  • Attendance at the soft launches of the South Asia gallery and an invitation to the preview of the re-opening of Manchester museum in February 2023.

  • A reference from Manchester Museum on completion of the project​

Manchester Museum, Uronto & British Council will also provide:

  • Support in developing and delivering ideas, including one-to-one sessions with your host co-ordinator

  • Access to further support from the wider Manchester Museum, Uronto and British Council team

  • Access to a network of artists

  • Art materials

  • Management of equipment and staff resources

  • Support with project evaluation. As part of the evaluation, we ask our artist to record this creatively via a podcast with the two young artists.

 

How to Apply

Please email the following information to wendy.gallagher@manchester.ac.uk

Tell us in whichever form you want as to why this project is important to you both personally and professionally.

The deadline for all applications is 12 midday on Sunday 3 July.

If you require additional support or have any questions about this opportunity, please email wendy.gallagher@manchester.ac.uk

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Young Artists

About the opportunity

Do you have a flare for art and design? You don’t have to be a professional artist but you do need to be creative and imaginative with the ability to demonstrate your artistic skills.

This paid opportunity will run throughout July, August and September, a total of four young artists/designers from Greater Manchester will be supported by mentors and work alongside professional artists, to design and decorate two rickshaws.

It will include:

  • participation in and contributing to up to 10 on line sessions. Dates and time to be confirmed (July/August 22)

  • Up to 8 days rickshaw art workshops at Manchester Museum. Dates to be confirmed (August/September)

What are we looking for?

Young Artist Specification:

  • Essential: Aged 18-25 from a South Asian heritage background/diaspora

  • Proven interest and engagement with arts and design practice in any of the following areas;

    • Graphic design and digital art

    • Illustration

    • Painting

    • Pattern making of motifs/designs

    • Textile design/crafting

    • Drawing and sketching

  • Enthusiastic – shows eagerness to develop their artistic career

  • A creative thinker – with fresh and exciting ideas

  • Strong teamwork, time management and adaptability skills to work within given or shifting timeframes

  • Be passionate and willing to be an ambassador for the South Asia Gallery Rickshaw project and Manchester Museum

What will you receive?

  • A unique mentoring package and opportunity to work with professional local and international artists and museum specialists, supported and supervised by Manchester Museum

  • An opportunity to develop your career by gaining work experience with professional artists, young people from Our Shared Cultural Heritage programme, museum professionals and networking

  • A reference from Manchester Museum

  • Available guidance and resources from Manchester Museum’s Learning & Engagement team

  • A payment of £500   

Manchester Museum, Uronto & British Council will also provide:

  • Support in developing and delivering ideas, including one-to-one sessions with your host co-ordinator

  • Access to further support from the wider Manchester Museum, Uronto and British Council team

  • Access to a network of artists

  • Art materials

  • Management of equipment and staff resources

How to Apply

​​​Please email the following information to barinur.rashid@manchester.ac.uk

Tell us in whichever form you want as to why this project is important to you both personally and professionally.

The deadline for all applications is 12 midday on Sunday 3 July.

If you require additional support or have any questions about this opportunity, please email Barinur.rashid@manchester.ac.uk

 
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Important Dates

All candidates must be able to commit to suggested dates below. Clarity of finalised timeline will be confirmed by the beginning of July 2022.

June

Informal interviews

9 – 16 July

Visit Manchester Museum and meet the UK team

16 July – 17 August

Online sessions (actual dates and times TBC)

18 August – 9 September

On site art workshops to decorate the rickshaws

 

Download Visual Artist Information Pack

 

Download Young Artist Information Pack 

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This is an international partnership with Uronto Artist Community funded by Manchester Museum, British Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, CDM and Revzol.

URONTO is an Artist-Led Open Collective in Bangladesh, founded in 2012, in order to enforce a new organic platform for creative practitioners and researchers from all possible disciplines to collaborate and enhance their transdisciplinary works to inspiring the local and Global community. At the same time upholding their Artistic responsibilities toward the Society.

Creative Design & Manufacture UK (CDM UK) is a multi-award winning non-profit social enterprise, based in the heart of Manchester,  providing customised and holistic support through creative and interactive workshops on hand processed textile manufacturing skills, to vulnerable and marginalised women, some of whom are survivors of domestic or sexual abuse, to boost their confidence and morale and helping them to transform their lives by empowering them to become financially independent through self-employment, employment, further education or training.

 

Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) is a youth-led programme that explores the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. OSCH is a partnership between the British Council, Manchester Museum, Glasgow Life, and UK Youth, and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.