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Turner Contemporary Digital Commissions

New Series of Digital Commissions

Turner Contemporary invites applications from artists for a series of new digital commissions. 

Turner Contemporary is currently closed to the public. We have been considering our role and how we respond to the changing world in which we all find ourselves. As we take this opportunity to review our approach, our commitment to artistic excellence and support for artists continues. This autumn Turner Contemporary will be closed for a planned capital refurbishment and we want to use this time to explore how we work in the digital realm, from supporting artistic practice to collaborating with diverse audiences, in order to connect art, people and place at home and around the world. 

We are excited to invite proposals from artists for a series of new digital artworks to be shared with audiences online this autumn. We are offering artists an opportunity to create a new work for the digital sphere. This opportunity is open to artists already working digitally as well as those new to digital media. The commissions can be on any theme and in any genre (for example video, sound, animation or performance) but we are particularly interested in work that is relevant, meaningful and talks to the nowWe welcome submissions that demonstrate a creative, questioning and playful approach. The artwork must be created specifically to be experienced online and explore innovative and ambitious ways of using digital to engage and connect with audiences. At least one of the commissions will be awarded to an artist working in Thanet. 

Award and Selection Process

An award of £2000 will be made to each selected artist for the creation and production of a new digital artwork.  All artists invited to submit a more detailed concept will receive a proposal fee of £200.  

The commissions will be selected by members of the Turner Contemporary programming team (comprising the Director, Exhibitions and Learning) and launched from the autumn of 2020 via Turner Contemporary’s website and digital channels. 


Open to UK-based visual artists practicing in any media at all stages of their careers. We are not able to accept applications from artists living outside the UK or those undertaking an undergraduate course.   

How To Apply 

Please submit your proposal by completing the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Send these together with a copy of your CV and a link to your website or other means of viewing your work online to by Monday 22 June 2020. 

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2020


Deadline to apply: Monday 22 June 2020

Long listed artists will be invited to submit a second stage proposal and will be contacted by: Fri 3 July 2020

Deadline for second stage proposal: Monday 27 July 2020


  • Please provide a short summary of your idea [50 words] 
  • Please provide a short outline of your current practice [100 words] 
  • Please provide a full description of your concept [200 words] 
  • Please tell us how this opportunity will develop your creative practice or support you to test an idea; how will it help us to connect with audiences and respond to their needs at the current time? [200 words] 
  • Upload your current CV in pdf (maximum 2 pages no larger than 5MB).  
  • A link to your website or other means of viewing your work online 
  • Equal opportunities monitoring information