Getting ready for 2020 is a community engagement project in partnership with the Benn Partnership Centre in Rugby. Its aim is to diversify the stories and audiences for Rugby Art Gallery and Museum by working in the community. Focusing on the Social History Collection they will work with Benn Partnership users to explore and expand the collection through outreach sessions, collections documentation and digitisation, oral history recordings, a pop-up museum at the centre and collaborative displays on site.

This project is subject to external funding and they are looking for expressions of interest from artists with residency experience. If the funding application is successful, they will commission an artist in residence for the project to go on the journey with participants and gather stories of people living in Rugby. They would like a creative output from the artist showcasing the experience and shared storytelling. They are open to suggestions for the output which could include (but not be limited to) oral history recording, spoken word, poetry and performance. The project will be a celebration of the personality, culture and identity of people living in Rugby. The project will run throughout 2020.They invite proposals budgeting for:

  • Planning time
  • 15 workshops with the community in Rugby
  • A showcase event at RAGM
  • Evaluation
  • Materials

Submission details: Please submit a proposal outlining how you would fulfil the brief – this information will feed into the funding application and help Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to establish their preferred artist.

Please provide:

  • Project proposal outlining how you would approach the residency and ideas for output
  • a short CV and statement about your practice
  • examples of previous work
  • budget proposal

Important dates: The deadline for proposals is 5pm, 27 September 27 2019.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to meet with us on 9 October 2019. Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will select their preferred artist by the end of October 2019.

Proposals should be sent to:

To talk about your proposal prior to submission please contact Arts Development on 01788 533223

Further information about Rugby Art Gallery and Museum can be found here: The Benn Partnership Centre is a thriving community centre in the heart of Rugby. It is situated in a priority neighbourhood on the edge of the town centre. It’s aims are to educate and enable the local community. The facility upskills both employed and unemployed users to gain the necessary tools to better their lives. They offer adult learning activities (particularly for those where English is a second language), a work club, computer training, health and wellbeing sessions and partnership projects. It has a social inclusion programme which strives towards community cohesion and combatting isolation of individuals and communities. It has a small core staff team supported by 30+ volunteers.