The Burton at Bideford would like to commission a new and emerging South West artist to develop a project responding to the theme of climate change.

The Burton has developed this yearly commission to support new and emerging artists from across the South West region with less than 5 yrs of professional practice.  We are passionate about supporting new talent and this sponsorship project provides new talent a paid project with the final work accessioned into the internationally significant Burton at Bideford permanent collection.  There will be significant press surrounding the launch and selection of the works from The Burton and the sponsoring company who will take part in the selection process. 

We are seeking to commission a local South West artist, or art collective, to develop a piece of work in response to climate change, all media considered. We would like the successful applicant to reflect on the ideas of a bright low carbon future and the ideas that inspired the making of the items as well as the craft practices involved.


  • New and emerging artists from across the South West region with less than 5 yrs of professional practice
  • Artists must be based in the South West Region
  • This creative exploration will result in work/s that will feature in the offices of our local sponsor Mitchell & Dickinson followed by being displayed in the entrance of the Burton for 3 months before joining the Burton’s Permanent Collection. You can view the full opportunity here.

Please also submit a completed Diversity Monitoring Form

Conditions: The piece will need to be completed by 30th November 2019

Fee: £2,000

The artist will be contracted on a freelance basis and will be responsible for paying their own tax and national insurance.

The fee covers all associated costs.

This artist commission has been kindly sponsored by local Bideford business Mitchell & Dickinson Ltd.