Call for artists

Artist Opportunity - The Alfred Arcade Banner Commission 2022

a space’ arts are look­ing to com­mis­sion a new art­work that will be print­ed on a ban­ner at the back of The Alfred Arcade on Old Northam Road, overlook

The Brief

‘a space’ arts are looking to commission a new artwork that will be printed on a banner at the back of The Alfred Arcade on Old Northam Road, overlooking the railway. The work could be a collection of words or a phrase containing a message to daily commuters or visitors to the city; or it might refer to artistic activity.

This is the third in a series of banner commissions on Old Northam Road. Please see Appendix 2 for examples of previous works, Your Existence is Everything by Jo Carson and Move Past This by Issac Fravashi.

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The Commission

- The artwork must be text based.
- The artwork will be seen predominantly by passengers on the passing trains. The work may relate to the daily commute or appeal to visiting tourists. It may also be inspired by the site’s location and history.
- The banner may hint at, or refer to the artistic activity which takes place on Old Northam Road.
- The selected artist may simply contribute the words for this commission and work with staff from ‘a space’ arts to choose the type and design of the banner, or take a lead on the design.
- The final artwork will need to be simple and easy to read.
- The banner will be approximately 9m x 1m.
- The commission is open to visual artists and writers.


There is a flat fee of £250 for the commissioned artist. Production, installation and printing costs will be paid by ‘a space’ arts.

Submissions Procedure & Closing Date

To submit an application for this commission or if you have any questions, please email Mia Delve at by Monday 14th February at 9am.

Submissions must include:

- Your proposed text.
- Any thoughts or ideas about the design.
- 100 words about your research and development.


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

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