Call for Artist Proposals for Black History Month 2019

ACAVA (the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art), has received funding from Westway Trust and City Living Local Life to deliver a one day event in North Kensington which celebrates Black History Month and The Big Draw annual festival.

We are currently seeking proposals from artists of BAME backgrounds, whose heritage reflects the communities of North Kensington, to deliver a series of mark-making workshops throughout the day on Saturday 5th October 2019. The event Remembering the Past – Creating the Future will explore drawing in its broadest form and introduce the local and wider community to the artists’ work.

With the theme for this year's Big Draw festival being Creativity and Wellbeing, our aim for the event is to deliver a high-quality programme which is accessible, engaging, educative and fun, coupled with an opportunity for participants to learn about Black history through artistic practice.

We wish to appoint a broad range of artists who incorporate mark-making, and have participatory and community-based art at the heart of their practice. Applicants need to demonstrate experience in workshop delivery with diverse communities.

Activities will include:

  • Two day-long drop-in workshops – one to take place at Bay 20 Community Centre in North Kensington, and one to take place outside in the public space between Bay 20 and Maxilla Studios (with a contingency plan for bad weather).
  • Two 2hr workshops; one for families/children (morning), and one for adults (afternoon).

We will appoint four artists in total.


Artist Fee per Workshop £

Artist fee for day-long drop-in activity, including planning, prep, set up & clear up


Artist fee for 2 hr workshop, including planning, prep, set up & clear up



To express your interest in this opportunity please submit the following by email to Lisa Nash, ACAVA Programme Manager – lnash (at) acava (dot) org by 9am  Wednesday 28th August 2019:

  • A workshop outline (no longer than 1 side of A4) responding to the theme, including which workshop you are interested in delivering; a 2 hr workshop or whole day drop-in activity
  • An up to date CV, including details of experience you have in education / community / wellbeing settings
  • Up to five images that illustrate your practice and previous workshop experience, and a link to your website/Instagram account
  • Details of any DBS check you hold
  • Name and contact of two referees

Interviews week of 9th September 2019.



ACAVA is a dynamic arts organisation and educational charity, founded 35 years ago. ACAVA supports the creation, presentation and understanding of the visual arts by providing over 20 studio buildings and facilities to almost 500 artists, and an extensive programme of activities, including: professional development; exhibitions; commissions; open studios; and an outstanding community participation programme.

Our artists are members of ACAVA and collectively they constitute a creatively diverse and inspirational community. Members, and other practitioners, work closely with us to deliver our core charitable purpose; our public programme.

ACAVA has been a pioneer in the practice of arts led community participation since its inception over three decades ago. Today, the organisation delivers wide ranging learning and participation programmes for the different communities local to its studios. We have, and continue to, work in close partnership with numerous agencies including: schools; HEIs; the NHS; clinical commissioning groups; local authorities; trusts and foundations and other funders.

ACAVA has operated from its unique purpose-built, accessible studios, offices, and community space in North Kensington for over twenty years. During this time, we have built strong, enduring relationships with the diverse communities in the area. This ongoing work includes, but is not limited to, Flourish for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire; the NHS-funded Art for Wellbeing Everyday, and the Grenfell Memorial Mosaic.

We are proud to be partnering with Azza Supplementary School for this event. Azza was established by the Sudanese community of Kensington & Chelsea to support children aged 5-19 years, teaching English, Maths and Arabic, as well as delivering innovative arts-based projects.