9th August 2018

Invitation for local disabled artists to work on a new exhibition at Cartwright Hall in 2018/19

We would like to commission a local disabled artist this autumn to create a piece of work in response to local and national Paralympic stories and objects. Ideally you will already be based in Bradford or West Yorkshire.

The work will be part of an exhibition that tells the story of the development of the British Paralympic Movement and local disability sport. 

Fee: £2000 plus materials

Deadline for application: Monday 17th September 2018

We are interested in all art forms.

Please find the full brief below or download a pdf version here. For more information, contact Katy-Jayne Lintott, Learning and Engagement Manager by email.

Full Brief: Disabled Artist Commission for Regional Exhibition ‘Paralympic Heritage – Stories from Bradford’

Celebrating the story of the Paralympics and the development of disability sport


The Paralympic Games provided the surprise heroes of London 2012, attracting national and international public support and interest, reinforced by the widespread popularity and British success at the Sochi 2014, Paralympic Winter Games and Rio 2016.

The GB Paralympic Movement was the source of several inspiring and successful Cultural Olympiad programmes of work across the country, with some particular focus on Stoke Mandeville as the undisputed birthplace of the movement.  These have collectively led to the enthusiasm of many to see an exciting heritage project realised as part of the London 2012 Legacy.

But British Paralympic history is not just confined to the immediate locality of Stoke Mandeville.  It is truly a national story – of people coming together from across the UK to learn, support and compete together at an international level.  They have been directly influenced by their own community, at a local club perhaps and with the support of their friends and families. The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) feels that these stories are as much part of the history of the Paralympic movement as the roots it has at Stoke Mandeville.

Our mission between now and 2022 is to work towards mapping and documenting this national story in the following ways

  • Build a new Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to tell the story of the British Paralympic Movement and engage with the local community.
  • Develop a series of regional exhibitions that will include both national content provided by NPHT and local content put together by local volunteers.
  • Provide a comprehensive portal to surviving Paralympic artefacts and oral histories held in national and regional archives around the UK.
  • Create an interactive and accessible website that will educate, celebrate and inspire people to continue breaking down barriers regarding disability through sport and heritage.

By having regional exhibitions we hope to:

  • Broaden awareness of disability sports heritage, activity and opportunity in the area.
  • Explore the concept surrounding the exhibition themes through the arts.
  • Encourage people to engage with culture and the arts.
  • Inspire people to take up a disability sport or support disability sport.
  • Broaden access to Paralympic Heritage cross the UK.
  • Raise awareness of the value of Paralympic Heritage in the local area.
  • Ensure local Paralympic Heritage and related disability and sports heritage is recorded, safe-guarded and shared locally and nationally.
  • Ensure understanding of disability is broadened and embedded and barriers are broken down.
  • Support audience development for sports heritage.
  • Celebrate local disability sport and Paralympic Heritage, alongside wider local disability history.

We want to commission a local deaf or disabled artist to work either with a community group or independently to produce artwork in response to the sporting content and stories of the exhibition. It will not only form part of the display itself but also will be used at other regional and national events/exhibitions by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust including being featured on our website. We welcome all art forms.

Project Outline

The commission will be for 10 days work to produce two pieces of art in response to the exhibitions planned for Bradford. 

Fee: £200 per day for 10 days work with  budget for materials and workshops.  For less experienced artists we will provide a mentor for support.

Role of the Artist

  • To plan a programme of work with the Learning and Engagement Manager and Local Coordinator.
  • To deliver the programme linked with the community group work where appropriate.
  • To visit the national collection and familiarise themselves with the local exhibition content.
  • To liaise with exhibition designers regarding the display of the commission/s.
  • To deliver creative sessions that interprets the local content element and in particular, Paralympic Heritage (where appropriate).
  • To undertake evaluation in liaison with Learning and Engagement Manager.
  • To ensure the final piece/pieces are compatible for accessible interpretation e.g. any medium in film should allow for BSL and audio description.

How to Apply

Please email an expression of interest and an example of your work by Monday 17th September 2018 at 5pm to:
Katy-Jayne Lintott, Learning and Engagement Manager at [email protected]

For an informal chat about the commission, please feel free to email or call Katy-Jayne on 07751 049645.

Applicants will be shortlisted and invited to interview the week beginning 17th September(dates to be confirmed with those successfully shortlisted).  Artists should bring their portfolio and concepts to interview.