For Artists

Deadline: 12 noon Friday 29 October 2021

To mark the 85th birthday of Tyneside Cinema in 2022, we are launching two new artist commissions inviting artists to respond to our archive material and the social and artistic history of the cinema.

Artists and artist collectives working in any medium will be given access to the material we hold relating to the cinema’s history and will be supported to make new work in response to it. The final work will be presented as part of a programme of birthday celebrations in February 2022.

The Tyneside Cinema Archive Commissions sit at the heart of a new project, launching in 2022, to develop our archive and will shape how we organise, understand and share our heritage.

The Archive Commission is made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

How to Apply

Read the artist briefing notes to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Fill in the online application form before 12 noon on Friday 29 October 2021.

Please note, as you will not be able to save and return to your online application once you start it, here are the questions you’ll be asked so you can prepare offline and then copy and paste your responses into the form.

Q1. Please tell us about your practice and previous work you have made relating to moving image, cinema history or archive material (300 words max).

Q2. Please tell us how this commission will support development of your practice (300 words max).

Q3. How will you approach the research for the commission and the development of new work in response to our archive and the social and artistic history of the cinema? Please bear in mind that our archive material is as yet uncatalogued and that our archive is in an ongoing process of development (500 words max).

Supporting Material:

Please share up to 3 links to previous work you want us to look at in support of your application. Make sure any links and access codes are up to date and accurate. If the work is not online, you can share up to up to 3 files with us by sending them via WeTransfer ( to Please use the following in the subject line of your email: ‘Supporting Material for Archive Commission Your Name’ e.g Supporting Material for Archive Commission Jane Doe. We will reply to you within 48 hours to let you know we have received the files. All files shared with us will be deleted once the selection process is complete.


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