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Arts organisation Meadow Arts is launching a series of commissions that artists in the rural West Midlands are eligible to apply for. As a rurally based arts charity, Meadow Arts has been exploring the complexities of our cultural, social, and environmental relationship to ideas of place and the landscape for almost two decades. The Covid-19 crisis put the curatorial programme on hold, giving the team an opportunity to respond to an ever-growing digital world and its relationship to the rural.

RURALities is a digital commission programme that is designed to forge new regional partnerships, launch Meadow Arts first digital commissioning programme, and facilitate the production of new works for regional practitioners.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for new digital works that respond to rural narratives and support rural practices within Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire. The finished work is expected to amplify rural understanding and visibility through an interconnected exhibition series that will be showcased online, as well as in a printed format.

Project partners include Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, chosen because of their comprehensive collections relating to rural history and life.

Meadow Arts is partnering with digital art specialists Vivid Projects, Birmingham, to provide mentoring and support through the digital creative process and are offering three mentoring sessions throughout the project. Selected artists will be partnered with a digital mentor who will support them in 1-2-1 sessions that explore their work in progress.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Meadow Arts website.

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