Open Call: Artist for ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’ Community Workshops – closing 5 Jan 2020

In February – April 2020 the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage team at National Museums NI will be working with a community group in Newtownards, running a series of artistic workshops. We are looking for an artist to lead a these workshops. The project is based on sound recordings from the NMNI Archive.

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is an ambitious project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by the British Library. National Museums NI is the hub for Northern Ireland. Over three years we will digitise 5,000 physical sound items. The digitised material will be used as part of a learning and outreach activity for the benefit of the people of Northern Ireland.

More about Big Friendly Group

Big Friendly Group are aged in their 50s and live in the Ards area. There are 10-12 participants, some of whom live with chronic conditions. The group are very enthusiastic with interests in topics like local and oral history, music and arts.


The appointed artist will be required to lead six workshops, on Wednesdays at 10.30am – 12.30pm from 26th February 2020 until 1st April 2020. These will take place in Newtownards.

The group are interested in working with different artistic practices, so ideally the artist will be able to explore a variety of disciplines with the group.

Additional information

The appointed artist will be provided with a selection of digitised sound recordings from National Museums NI’s archive, pertaining to the local area and history of Newtownards, as well as other relevant areas of oral history. These will serve as a basis for discussion and inspiration during the workshops.

The appointed artist will be expected to use their own equipment to deliver the workshops. Where possible, the Learning Officer from UOSH/NMNI will be in attendance to support the artist with the delivery of the workshops.

How to quote

Please provide the rate it will cost for you to deliver the project, taking into account the hours for delivery and preparation, as well as materials, travel and any other overheads or expenses.

Please send quotes at your earliest convenience to Alice Malseed Please submit by Sunday 5th January.

For further information please contact Alice at the above email address.

Deadline for submissions is: Sunday 5th January 2020

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