Museum of Home: Artist call out for Stay Home

We are looking to work with a dynamic, socially engaged artist or arts-led collective to produce an inspiring artwork responding to our Stay Home digital collecting project.

About Stay Home

The Stay Home project seeks to explore how Covid-19 has changed the way we live, and to think about the future of home life. During these extraordinary times, our homes have never been more important.

Submit expression of interest by 8 February 2021

About the Museum of the Home

At the Museum of the Home we reveal stories of home life, past, present and future, sparking empathy, debate and understanding of what home means. The concept of home has the power to connect people: it is universally relevant and simultaneously deeply personal.

We aim to be somewhere where we can all think about how we live in the world, our purpose is to reveal and rethink the ways we live, in order to live better together.

The output will be part of a wider project that leads public debate about home in a pandemic society. We will be conducting a nationwide exploration of the role of home during the pandemic, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and in partnership with

  • Queen Mary University London
  • University of Liverpool
  • Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • National Museums Liverpool

Project Brief

We want the successful artist or the arts-led collective to produce a dynamic artwork in response to the Stay Home collection, to be displayed or take place on the Museum site.

As part of the response we want to encourage conversation and debate around new, healthier, compassionate ways of living post-pandemic and to reimagine what home means.

Project scope

We encourage applicants to respond imaginatively, to push boundaries and to create a work that generates responses and reflections on domestic life and the pandemic.

Whilst drawing on the Stay Home material we also expect the artist or the arts-led collective to respond to how the instruction to 'Stay Home' has caused home to be reimagined and contested in political debate and media coverage.

Budget and resources

The successful applicant(s) will receive

  • An award of £6,000 to develop their practice and produce an artwork in response to the Museum of the Home's Stay Home collection
  • Special access to Museum's collections, site, and curatorial staff, along with academic staff at partnering organisations


The successful applicant(s) will need to

  • Respond to materials and themes collected through the Stay Home project
  • Work collaboratively with participants (including families), partners and local communities
  • Develop a programme of events alongside Museum staff to engage audiences
  • Draw out unexpected outcomes
  • Create a work that engages Museum visitors onsite and digitally
  • Reflect the vision and aims of the Museum

Requirements for applications

The successful applicant(s) will need to be

  • Available for the period March to September 2021
  • Available to meet with the project team for three meetings


  • Submit expression of interest by 8 February 2021
  • Submit proposal by 25 February 2021 (for which we pay a £500 fee)
  • Interviews during week of 1 March 2021
  • Project completed by September 2021

Who can apply

The brief is open to an artist or arts-led collective working in any medium.

This can be painting, drawing, sculpture, performance art, photography, video/film/moving image, installation, text, craft/maker, sound art, music, comics, book art, new media/online, socially engaged practice, printmaking, interdisciplinary or any combination of these. Also dance, theatre, graphic design or architecture, spoken word and poetry.

How to apply

Please email a 500-word expression of interest to Please include

  • why you would like to work with us on this project
  • a link to an example of your work or details of your artistic approach

We will shortlist applicants and invite them to submit a full proposal. We will pay a fee of £500 for each proposal.

We encourage applications from artists from under-represented groups in the arts, including on the basis of gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, experience of migration, socio-economic background, and maternity / paternity.

About the application process

Equitable, inclusive and accessible recruitment

We hope our application process addresses structural inequalities in the arts. We acknowledge it will not be perfect, and we review our processes and encourage feedback to help improve these in line with our statement and action on equity, focussing on Black Lives Matter.

If you have comments or suggestions, please contact Danielle Patten

Some of the steps we have taken are:

  • Applications are processed anonymously.
  • Names and other personal identifiers are removed from the application materials before they go to panel as far as possible. If applicants write their names or identifying information in other sections of the application, we cannot guarantee, however, that these will be removed.
  • Selection is undertaken by Museum of the Home staff and external selectors with expertise relevant to the opportunity.
  • We work with diverse publicity partners to ensure as wide a range of applicants as possible

If you would like to request an alternative application format because of a disability or digital access requirements please email Danielle Patten to arrange an alternative way of making a submission of interest: via phone, email or video call.


We recognise that feedback is an important professional development process for artists. We expect a very high level of interest for this award and we have a small part-time team. So if you are unsuccessful and request feedback on your application, please be patient while we process these requests.

Working safely – Covid-19 considerations

We are committed to ensuring the safety of all collaborators and staff, especially during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. We will keep the programme format under review, and make changes in line with government guidance.

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