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.

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It’s a busy time for BOM (Birmingham Open Media) with major projects across the globe, and much closer to home. Annabel Clarke met with Louise Latter, Head of Programme to find out about their ongoing work with the British Council in Indonesia, as well as their future plans for the space.


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Last year BOM were approached by the British Council who wanted to initiate some work around women and technology in Indonesia. There are currently many barriers for women to get into the creative industries, and BOM were approached to help sustain and support the practice of women in the Republic.

BOM’s Director Karen Newman and Louise were invited to Indonesia for ten days in November 2016. During this time they attended the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend in Jakarta. There they handed out postcards to men and women asking questions such as – What it is like to be a woman in Indonesia? What barriers are there for women wanting to enter the creative industries? As well as general questions on culture, society and politics.

They met with Lifepatch, a citizen initiative in art, science and technology which has members in several cities across Indonesia. At the time they were working on a project along the river in Yogyakarta with local communities undertaking DIY bio experiments to check the safety of the water. The river is the lifeblood of the region, but unfortunately is also used for direct sewage disposal in an area with poor sanitary provision.

Over the last two months, three female Lifepatch members have been in Birmingham on a research residency. All are producers creating work within their communities. During their time in the UK, BOM have introduced the trio to practitioners based on their interests, such as performance artist Sergina whose practice investigates cross-dressing and drag. Whilst in Indonesia Karen and Louise learnt that in some areas there is a common belief of there being five genders, although this idea has been quashed over the years due to the growth of Christianity and Islam.

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Louise said “We were blown away by our trip to Indonesia as well as the two months we have spent with Al, Mara and Sita. We can’t wait to get started with our collaborative projects. The scope of complex and fascinating social and cultural areas of interest mean we have extremely fertile ground to work with.”

The producers will return to Indonesia shortly with BOM supporting their programme. Their upcoming projects will look into queer performance as well as tackling Islamaphobia through art and technology. Over the next five years BOM hope to offer West Midlands based artists the opportunity to visit and support the projects in Indonesia as part of their British Council funding.

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Later this year, BOM itself will be transformed with building works that will benefit the staff, Fellows and visitors. All three floors will be made accessible and new rooms opened up.

Susan Kruse, Gallery Supervisor is currently undertaking research into making the space more accessible to autistic people. An autistic artist herself, she is working directly with the space’s architect Alessandro Columbano of Birmingham City University to design the refurbishment.

More information about BOM their upcoming programme can be found here:


Annabel Clarke met with Louise Latter, Head of Programme at BOM to find out about their ongoing work with the British Council in Indonesia, as well as their future plans for the space.