Mortal: Open Call for Artists

Published by: Animate Projects | 19-Jun-2024
Mortal: call for artists We are commissioning three early career artists to produce new animated work rethinking death and dying. Read more and apply on Curatorspace at this link: The deadline is noon, 4 July 2024 #artsopportunity #letscreate
Mortal: Open Call for Artists
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Animate Projects invites expressions of interest from early career animation artists to take part in our new programme, Mortal.

Taking inspiration from the Death Positive Movement, we are seeking to support artists to make new films that will reflect on how death and dying can be rethought, and how matters such as end of life care and planning, handling grief, and funerary practices can be better approached. Artists might consider exploring:

those who are working to ignite conversation such as organisers of Death Cafes
advocates for honouring LGBTQ+ identity in end of life care and death
people who enable us to consider new ways to honour our dead, such as advocates of more ecologically friendly natural burials or water cremations
individuals who provide support in caregiving and rituals such as death doulas

Following on from our 2023 call Planting, we are again looking to commission three early career artists. Each artist will undertake a period of research and development, engaging broadly with the subject and taking inspiration from our partner, social anthropologist Dr Hannah Rumble. They will then produce a short, animated, single-screen film for presentation online. We encourage experimentation, learning, and creative risk-taking with these projects.

We expect the films to have a running time of up to three minutes including credits. The films will be shown at a public event, online and on Instagram.

There is a £4,000 fee for each artist to cover all production costs and fees. Some additional travel expenses will be covered.

To Apply:

Please read these guidelines. Submit your expression of interest through CuratorSpace at this link.

We ask you to provide:

Brief statements either written or as a video/audio file:
About your artistic practice and relevant experience
Telling us why you are interested in ‘Mortal’, and what approach you would take to participating in the programme. Please mention any thoughts you have on engaging with the partner or other communities or individuals in its making
A short statement on how you would consider sustainability in participating in this programme
A short CV (2 sides of A4)
Links to relevant examples of previous work (maximum of 3 previous works).
The deadline is noon, Thursday 4 July 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact us through CuratorSpace.

We expect to inform applicants of our decision by 24 July 2024 and are unable to offer unsuccessful applicants feedback.

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and particularly encourage applications from individuals from low-income backgrounds, those who are ethnically diverse or disabled, and anyone else who considers themselves under-represented within the visual arts.

If you have any access needs, or barriers to access that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to let us know either before applying or as part of your application at

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