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Open Call: Digital Commission

Spike Island is pleased to invite applications from artists based in the South West of England to develop a new digital commission for our website and/or online channels.

This opportunity is part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance, supported by Arts Council England.

The successful applicant will receive:

  • A £2,000 budget to produce a new digital commission for Spike Island’s website and/or online channels
  • An artist’s fee of £2,000
  • Significant promotion via Spike Island’s website and online channels before and during the launch of the commission on 26 October 2022
  • Support from Spike Island’s Programme team to develop and present the commission
  • Annual membership to our Spike Island Associates programme, which offers free access to regular talks, one-to-ones with artists, critics and curators, and other opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support


The commission is for South West-based artists from all backgrounds, including those already working digitally as well as those new to digital media. Artists at any stage of their careers may apply but please note that we are not able to accept applications from artists currently undertaking an undergraduate course.

We are keen to hear from artists looking to develop new digital artwork to be shared with our audiences online from 26 October to 23 November 2022 via our website and/or online channels.

The commission can be on any theme and in any digital format (from sound and video to animation or performance) but it must be created specifically to be experienced online, and will ideally explore innovative ways of using digital media to engage and connect with diverse audiences.

Spike Island is committed to anti-racism and to addressing inequality in the arts sector.

We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and/or who experience racism.

Spike Island will work with applicants to ensure their access needs are met during the interview process, while also ensuring that these needs will not influence our decision-making.

Spike Island are happy to receive applications in alternative formats (video, audio file). We may also be able to find other ways to make the application process more accessible to you.

If you require access support with your application please contact

Deadline for applications: Monday 29 November 2021

For full details vist the Spike Island website.