We are looking for a UK based mural artist to travel to Jamaica to work with local artists and community groups to devise and create a mural celebrating the Windrush Generation. 

The chosen artist will be responsible for a panel that will be part of the final mural, created by Jamaican artists and community groups. The mural will convey the challenges faced by these immigrants as well as the brilliance of the talents they brought to the United Kingdom. The final mural will be made up of several movable panels, and will show how individuals helped transform the concept of British identity through their fight for equal rights and integration.

This will be the first in a series of murals to honour the Windrush Generation – people from Jamaica and the Caribbean who left the region beginning in 1948 on The Empire Windrush. This mass migration of people from Jamaica left from the old Customs House at Victoria Pier, in Downtown Kingston, and sailed to Essex, Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other port cities in the United Kingdom.

To find out more about the context of the British Council’s work in Jamaica please see the British Council Caribbean website: https://caribbean.britishcouncil.org/

Paint Up Yuh Creative Space has been devised by Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in conjunction with the British Council to memorialize shared aspects of both country’s histories through specially commissioned murals.

Fee: £1,750

In addition to the above fee, the British Council will cover the following costs:

  • Travel, subsistence and accommodation for all trips to Jamaica
  • Materials

Timeline:

Deadline for submissions – 25 January 2019

Selection Committee to review submissions – 28–30 January 2019

Winning artist announced – 31 January 2019

Mural to be painted in situ – 11-16 February 2019

Education/ community activities – 17-18 February 2019

Inauguration event – 16 February 2019

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee which will consist of the following people:

  • Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, Director, British Council Jamaica
  • Jherane Patmore, Arts Project Manager, British Council Jamaica
  • A representative from Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
  • Rozie Chung (lead artist, Jamaica)
  • Ying Tan, Curator Visual Arts, British Council, London

Eligibility

Essential

  • Artist currently living and working in the UK
  • An artist that can demonstrate strong personal links to Jamaica and the Caribbean
  • Mural painting experience with a strong portfolio of work
  • Experience of working with community groups
  • Experience of working on similar projects

Desirable

  • Artist who have a personal connection to the Windrush Generation
  • The artist has an active social media presence
  • Existing network of Jamaican artists

How to apply

Submit 500 words in English on your suitability as a candidate, including: how you meet the criteria above; what particularly relevant skills and experience you hope to bring; how this project will impact your work. This can be done in writing or via a short video (3 minutes max).  Video submissions should be simple pieces to camera shot on a smartphone or similar.

  • Attach CV
  • Attach 6-10 jpg examples of work
  • Email with the subject "Windrush Murals" by midnight 25 January 2019 to Jherane.patmore@britishcouncil.org
  • Winners announced on 31 January 2019
  • If you have any questions or you need help with your application, please don't hesitate to contact Jherane Patmore Jherane.patmore@britishcouncil.org
  • PLEASE NOTE: Emails *must* be no larger than 10 MB in size. If your application is larger than this, please send your entire application through WeTransfer.