Nextwavearts micro commission – OPEN

We are delighted to announce that our first young person’s micro-commission programme is now open for applications.

NEXTWAVEARTS has been created by Gallery Oldham and Oldham Arts Development to support young people, aged 17 – 25, in response to Covid-19.
We want to work with young artists to explore, unpick and investigate Gallery Oldham’s art collection and create new work inspired by what they find. There are ten commissions available for the programme and we want to hear from artists of all disciplines from fine art to textiles, digital arts to performing arts.

To apply for one of the commissions we want to hear your idea – this can be in writing (a one-page document) or a film up to 5 minutes long. It should include:

– Which artwork(s) have you been inspired by?
– Why it has inspired you?
-What art form would you like to respond in? (Dance, Music, Drama, Visual arts, Design etc.

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NEXTWAVEARTS is a programme open to ALL young people in Oldham to apply for. We are particularly interested in hearing from young people who identify as LGBTQIA+; who are People of Colour; Disabled; who have mental health needs etc.

We welcome proposals from young people facing additional barriers in their work.
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To be eligible you must:
Be aged 17 – 25
Have a UK bank account
Have an email address
Be currently based in one of the Oldham boroughs

For more information please download our information pack.

Don’t forget to also check out our other lockdown programmes for young people over summer by visiting our learning pages.


Application deadline – Sunday 26 July, 5pm

Winners announced – 30 July

Final deadline for completed pieces – First week of September.


For more information or to apply please contact:
EvaD Ould-Okojie, Access and Interpretation Officer
evad.ouldokojie@oldham.gov.uk