Freelance - Artist for Coming Home Project, Birmingham Museums Trust


This exciting project sees the National Portrait Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with. This country-wide initiative will enable portraits from the national collection to travel to towns and cities across the UK, providing venues and communities with the opportunity to celebrate their local heroes. For more information:

The Brief

Design and facilitate a digital art project on self-portraiture with support of a community group in exploring the core themes of home, coupled with a sense of place and identity in response to the COMING HOME project. Working with the portrait of Malala Yousafazi by artist Shirin Neshat which will be displayed at Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.

Site Objectives

  • To connect with a local community group
  • To build a connection with the portrait and the artist from the National Portrait Gallery
  • Build the connection of home and what this mean to the audience

Skills Required

  • Experience of working with community groups.
  • Experience of working with support of a group leader from a community organisation.
  • Experience of working with people who may be non- English speakers or who have English as a second language.
  • Experience of supporting participants making self-portraiture art. These may be very personal reflections and creations that participants may choose to keep private, or, if considered suitable/appropriate the artwork could be shared at Birmingham museums and art gallery.

Budget and Timescale

  • £500 for 4.5 days of artist time
  • £200 for resources (including translations and travel costs for the group)

Project is over the months of November and December 2020, providing three sessions to the community group and displaying their art work digitally online and in the gallery.

How to apply

For more information and how to apply please visit

Closing Date: 23rd October 2020.

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