Today, Monday 21 December, cultural organisations across the region will showcase a collection of 60 second digital commissions. Marking the Winter Solstice (the shortest day / longest night of the year), It Gets Lighter From Here aims to provide moments of happiness and hope before the days do, quite literally, start to get lighter. To date, the project, the brainchild of The West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU), has raised £34,050 for commissions, providing vital financial support for the region’s freelancers and community members who have been left unsupported through the pandemic, with a lack of job security and stable, regular income.

47 organisations from a huge cross-section of artists and artforms, have agreed to provide 179 commissions in total, including commitments from BOM, Creative Black Country, Friction Arts, Meadow Arts, Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Severn Arts, University of Worcester, Vivid Projects, and Warwick Arts Centre. Involving a huge cross-section of artists and art-forms, substantial audiences and networks will be reached across the region and beyond, creating a wide celebration of hope, optimism and possibility for the future.

The micro commissions will be searchable on social media through the hashtag #ItGetsLighterFromHere. There will also be a ‘thunderclap’ moment at sunset (around 3.55pm) as all commissioning partners and artists will post content simultaneously, marking the darkest moment of 2020.

James Yarker from Stans Cafe said: “The #ItGetsLighterFromHere one-minute rule will prove a great creative challenge for artists young and old. I can’t wait to see all the inventive solutions they come up with. Audiences will find these snack size art works ‘more-ish’. There will be all sorts of flavours and we can enjoy getting a taste of everything, even those art forms we’ve never experienced before or think we don’t like. It will be for trying everything out because ’something else will be along in a minute’ – literally! 

There is no ‘official programme’ for #ItGetsLighterFromHere, so no one is saying what you can and can’t watch. Experienced and new artists are all in the mix together. It’s an evening for making new discoveries and because it’s all on social media you can share the things you like with all your family, friends and followers.

On the shortest day of the year #ItGetsLighterFromHere will share the brightest West Midlands artistic talent with the world.” 

More information can be found here.


On Monday 21 December, cultural organisations across the region will showcase a collection of 60 second digital commissions. Marking the Winter Solstice, It Gets Lighter From Here aims to provide moments of happiness and hope before the days do, quite literally, start to get lighter.

BOM (Birmingham Open Media) have announced three new opportunities for creative practitioners and creative young people that explore practice in a number of thematic and geographic contexts.

PROJECT: Sarinah, apa kabarmu? (Sarinah, how are you?)

BOM (Birmingham Open Media), Lifepatch and British Council

Deadline for Proposals: Friday 15 December 2015, 5pm

BOM (Birmingham Open Media), Lifepatch (a citizen arts – science – technology organisation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and The British Council are working together to foster new female-led practice with creative technology. The project aims to stimulate new creative practice and build relationships between practitioners and organisations in the UK and Indonesia.

As part of our ongoing collaboration, we are currently inviting a UK-based practitioner to undertake a one-month residency with Lifepatch in Indonesia during February or March 2018.

We are inviting proposals from UK-based practitioners whose experience with creative technology might include digital performance, interactive fiction, experimental games, programmable technologies or social enterprise. The residency will be hosted in the Lifepatch house in Yogyakarta.

For this residency, we are looking for a practitioner actively exploring gender through a research-based process, using creative technology. We are particularly interested in proposals addressing ideas around trans and nonbinary cultures, and equality. See the open call brief below for further background.

The residency will give a practitioner time and space to develop their ideas alongside members of the Lifepatch collective, who are currently exploring histories and constructed ideologies of gender within local Indonesian contexts. The practitioner will receive a fee of £5,000 in addition to flights and accommodation, which will be covered separately.

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BOM Fellows 2018 – 2019: Open Call for Expressions of Interest

Deadline for proposals: Friday 15 December, 5pm

BOM is inviting proposals for new Fellows from April 2018 – March 2019.

With access to a Fellows Incubator programme of tailored professional development, paid opportunities and 24 hour access to production and co-working space, this is an invaluable opportunity for creative practitioners working across art, technology and science.

BOM Fellows are outstanding creative practitioners with a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. They demonstrate clear commitment to social impact and / or outstanding potential for research impact at the intersection of art, technology and science.

BOM Fellows contribute to a thriving collaborative culture through peer-to-peer support and skills sharing within a creative community. As such, they are expected to contribute at least one day a week to being physically based at BOM (or equivalent), and actively contribute to a positive, supportive and inspiring ecology.

In early 2018, BOM will be undergoing a major building refurbishment to upgrade and extend our gallery, café, co-working and studio spaces. We’ll be re-launching as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation in April 2018, ready to welcome a new cohort of Fellows, and continuing major partnerships including British Council South East Asia and the University of Birmingham.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be working with BOM, and we’re looking for high quality proposals to build on our existing Fellows community and support experimental and impactful new practice.

Download the open call brief below, which has details on what we’re looking for, and how to apply.

BOM Fellows 2018-19 EOI Call



BOM+ is aimed at young people who believe in the power of art and radical practice

Join us and MAKE CHANGE.


Aged between 16 and 24? Interested in any of the above? BOM+ is for you!

Next open meeting to recruit new members – Saturday 9th December, 1pm (Mince pies included!)

Our next project is making music with your Genetic make up (DNA).Travel costs reimbursed to get to and from meetings & food included.

To register your interest or for more info, email

Regular meetings at our Birmingham City Centre space
Opportunities to curate, make art work, collaborate with artists, scientists & technologists
Meet new people
Design and produce events and exhibitions with a budget
Gain experience and skills
Opportunity to complete an Arts Award

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BOM announce three new opportunities: Indonesia Residency, BOM Fellows and BOM+. All deadlines are in December.