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Theme: Lace
Dates: Friday 8th - Monday 11th February 2019
Place: UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019
Location: INTU Broadmarsh Shopping Centre TBC
Fee  £3,000
Deadline for applications: Monday 1 October, 10am

UK Young Artists is seeking applications from artist/s who work in a socially responsive way, who would be interested in developing an innovative, ambitious and interactive temporary work and participatory opportunity, to engage families and children in response to the Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive. This is an open brief to all artists working across all genres who are aged between 18 - 30 on Monday 1st October 2018.


Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive

Since the mid-eighteenth century the lace industry played a major role in forming communities around the world. It was responsible for shaping the urban landscape of the City of Nottingham, not only physically, but also socially and culturally. The Lace Archive’s aim is to deepen an understanding of the importance of the lace industry in forming local and regional identities, and to inspire innovative creative practices for future economic and cultural benefits.

The Nottingham Trent University (NTU) Lace Archive includes 75,000 items of lace, which have been acquired from bequests by local companies and the Nottingham Lace Federation. Donations were made from the late-19th up to the mid-20th century and included single pieces of lace, items in manufacturers’ sample books, portfolios of photography and design, collections of prize-winning examples from international lace competitions, as well as books on lace history and teaching aids used throughout the archive’s life. This collection is considered to be of local, national and international importance. Its growth, and continued use, gives a unique opportunity to scrutinise technical proficiency and innovation within a specific commodity sector, in the context of the history of design education and teaching practice.


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We envisage that the commission will consist of

  • One temporary, site specific public artwork which will be developed on-site by the artist/s and co-created or developed by members of the public, throughout four days of the City Takeover (Friday 8th - Monday 11th February 2019). The site will be agreed with the artist, but is expected to be a central city location with high footfall in order to maximise engagement.


  • One artist led talk about the artistic approach towards the commission, for degree students and members of the public at Bonnington Lecture Theatre, Nottingham Trent University.


  • One artist led workshop that offers interpretative learning experiences for children (5-10yrs) and young families and engages them with the artwork and the Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive.


  • One artist led workshop that offers interpretative learning experiences for young people (12-16yrs) and engages them with the Nottingham Trent University Lace Archive.


UKYA will provide the support of an Engagement Coordinator to assist the project’s management and delivery and and will promote and share the project across its social media sites, including 10k followers with an average monthly reach of 150k. There will be opportunities for the commissioned artist to come together with other UKYA artists and partners at selected points throughout the year and during the City Takeover, in order to share learning and feed into UKYA’s Nottingham 19 impact study.

How to Apply

Please download the full brief below, which includes details on how to apply.

Deadline for applications: Monday 1 October, 10am

Download full brief here