Unseen Histories is a month-long festival of artworks and events exploring Black British history in

Leeds. The festival will be created and curated by Black artists in and around the city, with support

from Heritage Corner, the pioneers of the Leeds Black History Walk, and Assembly House, an artist

studios and project space in Armley, Leeds.

Unseen Histories is looking for 4 artists to create original artworks that investigate, unearth or

respond to Black British stories in our city.

Assembly House and Heritage Corner are working with Leeds Industrial Museum (Armley Mills)

and the Leeds Discovery Centre. Each artist commission will be based at, or have access to the

collections of these partner organisations.

Each commission is paid, and you’ll be given a budget towards materials, and space to create your

artwork. You’ll also have producing support from Assembly House and research support from

Heritage Corner to help you to bring your creation to life.

All 4 of the artworks will be shown as part of the festival’s finale event. In this day-to-evening event,

Heritage Corner will take audience members on a Black British History bus tour around significant

parts of Leeds and finishing at Armley Mills. The audience will then come to Assembly to see the

final 4 artworks and enjoy local food, drinks and music.

Commissions are open to BIPOC artists based in Leeds and the surrounding areas. We welcome

applications from BIPOC LGBTQIA+ and Disabled artists. Artists can be at any stage in their

career and do not need to have a formal arts education or an extensive track record of professional

residencies, public events or commissions. We understand that there are always blindspots in

recruiting for commissions and aim to remove barriers for applicants where possible. If you are

interested and there is something we can do to make this application better suited to you, please

get in touch and let us know. You can also access this application information as a sound recording,

in large text and with a

coloured background.

The final event will take place on Saturday 25th September 2021 and artists will need to be

available on that day and evening, and for rehearsals on dates throughout the week commencing

Monday 20th September 2021.


The applications will be judged by Joe Williams and Gina Tavares Manuel.

More info and application here 


Deadline: 26/07/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

Artist in Residence, Opportunities
Apply until 29/10/2021

Artist in Residence, Call for Artists, Opportunities
Apply until 23/10/2021

Call for Artists, Exhibition Opportunity, Opportunities
Apply until 07/01/2022