September 7, 2021

artists of change – Artists call out with Lewisham Council – The Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture 2022

In collaboration with Lewisham Borough of Culture, we are inviting expressions of interest applications for two artists, artist collectives or companies to be in residency at the heart of Lewisham Council January – June 2022, as part of the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture.

The 6-month residencies will take place within the Climate Emergency and Borough of Sanctuary teams. Working closely with Borough of Culture, Counterpoints Arts and Council teams, and with a network of community organisations and Lewisham residents, the artists will produce and co-create new work in response to the residencies, culminating as part of Refugee Week in June 2022.

This is a great opportunity to work with and make real impact on London communities. If you are a UK-based artist or collective, passionate about the power of art and culture to transform lives, we want to hear form you.

The Project Vision

Two artist residencies will be embedded within Lewisham Council’s Climate Emergency and Sanctuary Borough Offices as two separate strands. This will facilitate dialogue between the Council and wider Lewisham communities to explore and ultimately influence policy.  Content created in response will be publicly shared through multiple platforms to raise the profile of key issues and as a focal point for further discussion. 

The residencies will take place concurrently to explore the intersections of climate, migration and democracy.  The project will be a new way of listening, learning, demystifying and illuminating.  The residencies will culminate as part of Refugee Week in June 2022, a high-profile platform to further amplify the theme of climate justice.

Key information: Time, Fee and Access

The artist fee per residency is £12,000 (inclusive of expenses). The time commitment is two days per week or six months, January to June 2022.

Each residency will result in commissioned work, and we are offering a fee of £1,500 per commission We can cover commission production costs of up to £10,000.

If your application is successful we can contribute towards access support costs for you or your creative partners, in addition to the above, if required.  For a conversation about this or about access requirements in general, please email

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for individuals or collectives with a strong vision to meet the brief and with keen interest to meet the project’s themes.  As an Artist of Change you will have a track record of creating socially-driven work that involves people and communities in the creation process. We invite you to bring energy, inspiration, rigour, disruption, empathy and new ways of thinking to the project.  

You will have experience of creating work at scale, enjoy collaborating with different types of people and have an interest in one or more of the following areas: politics, climate emergency, identity-based work and social causes affecting communities. 

To apply you must be London or UK-based, and able to demonstrate an interest in, and connect with, the Borough of Lewisham. 

This opportunity is open to artists working in any artform including but not limited to music, dance, spoken word, performance, visual and sculptural art, live art, cabaret or comedy.

For the Borough of Sanctuary opportunity, we are seeking an artist of collective with lived experience of displacement or migration. 

How to Apply

Please download and read the full Artist Brief. This information is also available in an accessible Easy Read Format. The documents and application process are also on the Lewisham Borough of Culture website’s Get Involved pages.

We are inviting applications for this opportunity in a two-stage process:

Stage 1: Now Open

Express your interest by completing an online submission form by 1 October 2021.

We recommend completing your answers offline, before copying and pasting your answers into the online form. As an alternative way of applying, we will accept expressions of interest via audio/video recording. If you choose this method, please keep the recording to maximum five minutes and email it to with ‘Artists of Change application’ as the email subject.

Stage 2: Opens October 2021

A shortlist of up to 6 artists will be identified w/c 4 October 2021 and invited to submit full applications.  Artists invited to apply for Stage 2 will be supported by a £250 to cover the time spent on their application.

When will I hear?

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the first round of shortlisting by w/c 4 October 2021.

We expect a high volume of Expressions of Interest and may not be able to respond to individual feedback to every applicant. We understand the importance of transparency in decision making and will, once projects have been selected, publish information on how final decisions were made and why the selected projects were chosen.

If you have questions about the brief, please get in touch via