Call for artists

Artist Opportunity - Black History Month 2022 Commission

a space’ arts are pleased to wel­come Expres­sions of Inter­est for a new com­mis­sion at God’s House Tow­er, to mark Black His­to­ry Month 2022

God’s House Tower (GHT) is a truly fascinating and unique heritage site. Despite its colourful history and prominent location, GHT it is a building without a collection. The heritage is in its walls and in the diverse and compelling stories of people who have passed through the building and the city beyond. Stories that blur the lines between fact and fiction, hidden histories and hearsay.

The Brief

This commission is an opportunity for an artist to delve into these stories and fluid and ever-changing history and function of GHT and presents an expanded opportunity for an artist to explore Southampton’s Old Town heritage and its Black History. The building is the one constant throughout time and its empty space could also provide an opportunity for an artist to build an imagined heritage, drawing on fact and fiction at will.

Download and read the full brief here

The Budget

The £3,000 budget will need to cover all the costs of the commission, including artist fees, travel and expenses. Please note the budget must include VAT.

How to Respond to this Brief

In line with our work to become an anti-racist organisation, God’s House Tower is inviting responses from Black artists for this opportunity.

Please send an Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words, briefly outlining your practice and how you feel it relates to God’s House Tower alongside an outline of your idea for a new work (this does not have to be detailed, but please keep descriptions succinct and in clear and accessible language) and up to 8 jpg images of recent work or a link to your website to Mia Delve at by 5pm on 24th January 2022.

If you are sending film, please edit to 3 mins max. If you wish to visit the GHT before submitting an Expression of Interest or if you have any questions please email Mia Delve at or phone the ‘a space’ arts office on 02380 338 778.

A small shortlisting team will look at Expressions of Interest and shortlist two ideas that we will fund to be developed into a full proposal. We aim to shortlist by 27th January.


As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on or call 023 80 338 778

A note on terminology

- We acknowledge language is fluid and evolving and aim to ensure our use of language remains inclusive and inoffensive.
- As an organisation we have joined the movement to reject the acronym BAME as this state-manufactured term flattens and depoliticises global solidarity between people with a lived experiences of racism.
- We acknowledge the term ‘people of global majority’ as it is factually true with over 80% of the world’s population making up the global majority of non-white peoples.