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Portrait Commission of Dr Risien Russell

Updated: 21 June 2022

The Queen Square BAME Network would like to commission a portrait that recognises and celebrates the life and work of Dr Russell. We would like a portrait that depicts Dr Russell for the pioneering researcher, teacher, and neurology consultant that he was. As one of Britain’s first black Consultants he pioneered his work despite undergoing prejudices and biases.

Eligibility: We are inviting suitably experienced artists to submit an expression of interest to be considered for this commission. We welcome expressions of interest from artists working in the medium of oil painting. We especially welcome applicants who identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Global Majority artists.

What you get: Artist fee & interview attendance fee.

Deadline 15 July 2022

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Imperial War Museums 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund

Updated: 07 June 2022

IWM is harnessing the legacy of 14-18 NOW, making £2 million available to artists and cultural organisations for new art commissions in 2021. These works can explore any theme from the First World War up to active, present day conflicts.

Known as the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, the programme has been funded by a share of the royalties from Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, which was co-commissioned by IWM and 14-18 NOW to mark the end of the First World War Centenary in 2018.

The IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund will reinvest the financial legacy of Peter Jackson’s film to support a series of new artworks – inspired by the heritage of conflict – during a critical time for the UK’s culture sector. This builds on over 100 years of commissioning by IWM, who since the First World War has worked with artists to record the experiences of war for its collections.

Over 20 commissions from artists will be funded as part of this programme, bringing art to audiences in new and relevant ways.

Eligibility: Artists and cultural organisations.

What you get: Funded commissions.

Deadline 01 September 2022

Imperial War Museums

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