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Public Projects Ongoing

Open Call: Wheatley Fellowship 2024–25

Application Deadline: Friday 12 July 2024, midnight

Birmingham School of Art and Eastside Projects invite applications from visual artists for an Incidental Artists placement in Birmingham supported by the Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship.

Download the full application pack  HERE


Online Pre Application Q&A Session: Thursday  13 June, 1–2pm BOOK HERE

Application Deadline: Friday 12 July, midnight

Interviews: w/c 22 July

Start date: November 2024

Public Outcome: Late 2025 – timeline to be agreed as the project proposal develops


‘When setting out a new allotment you should always think first about where you will sit.”
Vanley Burke, artist, Birmingham.

Artists are catalysts. We are the dreamers and doers, collaborators and supporters, guests and hosts who work alongside communities to imagine and co-evolve our civic infrastructure.

In the mid-1960s the Artist Placement Group (APG) proposed and made strenuous efforts to radically transform artists’ relation to society. Adopting the role of the incidental person, the group proposed getting involved in the processes of other organisations, from steel factories to government offices. APG considered artists a hugely underused human creative resource that offered a potential benefit of tangential thinking and making. We are interested in both this function of artists ‘to watch the doings and listen to the noises’ and APG’s concept of the open brief.  We are further exploring these approaches by inviting Incidental Artists to work with us as allies, collaborators, agents of wider change, and attention magnets in a variety of contexts over an extended period of time. Find out more HERE.

This Fellowship is not imagined as an Incidental Artist placement at either the School of Art or Eastside Projects, but as a placement in Birmingham supported by and connecting to, both organisations. 

It is expected that the Fellowship will culminate in a public outcome/s that will be developed with Eastside Projects and presented as part of their programme. The form this takes will be defined during the feasibility and development stages, but for example it might emerge as an exhibition, participatory project, public artwork, events programme, film or performance.  

The selected artist will also be expected to engage with students and the research community at the school during their Fellowship, but again what this looks like will be developed during the Feasibility Study stage.

Find out more about the School of Art HERE  

Recent Wheatley Fellows include Sofia Niazi, Harun Morrison, Alice Theobald and Verity Jane Keefe.


  • £9000 tax free stipend from the Wheatley Fellowship. 
  • £1000 additional project fee from Eastside Projects.
  • Up to £10,000 production budget to realise a public outcome/s.
  • £75 towards artist healthcare and wellbeing.
  • Access to workshops, equipment  and  technical support at the School of Art, with the potential to connect into wider facilities, departments and research networks across Birmingham City University.
  • Desk space at the School of Art and/or Eastside Projects, it is also possible to use Eastside Projects to experiment, produce or test work when we are not hosting exhibitions or other activity.
  • Introductions to individuals, networks and communities connected to both the School of Art and Eastside Projects in Birmingham and beyond.
  • Artistic, collaborative and curatorial  support from Eastside Projects.


November 2024 – January 2025:  Feasibility Study – research period leading to propositions / relationships / prototypes / structures and a proposal which has the potential to be developed as a public outcome in collaboration with Eastside Projects.

February 2024: Planning with Eastside Projects and staff at the Birmingham School of Art, including thinking through how the project will engage communities at the School, Eastside Projects and beyond.

March–December 2025: Project development and realisation of public outcomes 

This timescale is indicative and dates will be agreed in response to the project proposal. The selected artist will be expected to commit at least 40 days across this period to the Fellowship and to spend a significant amount of that time in Birmingham.


To apply you need to:

  • Be based in the UK.
  • Have at least three years professional experience as an artist outside a formal education setting.
  • Not be enrolled on a BA, MA or PHD course between November 2024 and December 2025.

We particularly welcome applications from artists who have Global Majority heritage, who are from lower socio-economic backgrounds, or who are disabled or d/Deaf.


Download the full application pack HERE