Online Commission for Aberdeen based Artists

Part of Aberdeen Programme

Jenny Brady, Carve Up, 2013. Image courtesy the artist and LUX.

LUX Scotland is delighted to announce a new commission opportunity for artists based in Aberdeen. This opportunity is for emerging artists working with film and moving image and will provide the selected artist with the time to develop a new work over four months, with support from LUX Scotland. The commission includes an artists’ fee of £2,000 (based on 6.5 days @ £302.80), a production budget of £200 and an event fee of £151.40.

The commission will be in production from October 2022 and will be presented in March 2023 on LUX Scotland’s website for two months. As part of the commission LUX Scotland will host an online event with the selected artist in March 2023. To give adequate time for access measures (which are budgeted for separately) we would expect that the work will be finalised by the end of January 2023.

Eligible artists are invited to apply through an open call process. The deadline for applications: Monday 26 September 9am.

The selection panel will comprise LUX Scotland staff and an external professional and selection will be based on:

  • The quality of the work (both existing and proposed)

  • Whether the proposed work can be made within the given budget and timescale

  • The impact of the commission on the applicants’ ongoing practice

Applicants will be notified by Monday 10 October.

The commission is part of LUX Scotland’s 2022 Aberdeen Programme, a programme of public activity of development opportunities for early-career artists and curators in Aberdeen.


  • Artists who are based in Aberdeen.

  • Artists who have been developing film and moving image work as part of their practice over the past 0 – 5 years and who would benefit from this dedicated period of time and support. 0 – 5 years does not have to be consecutive years of practice and can begin from a point in an artist’s career that is deemed to be the beginning of their working practice.

  • There is no age restriction.

  • Artists do not have to have been in formal education, attended art school or university. Collectives, groups and collaborations are eligible however please note that the artists’ fee would remain the same in this instance.

  • We regret that we can not accept applications from artists’ who are currently students.


Please send up to 400 words [200 words on the proposed work you would like to develop and 200 words on how the commission would impact your practice]. Please include a link to one online example of your work and contact details.

Applications should be sent by email only to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please include the information required in the body of the email and the separate equal opportunities form.

Deadline for applications is Monday 26 September, 9am. Applicants will be notified by Monday 10 October 2022.

The visual arts sector in the UK currently does not reflect the communities in which it works. LUX Scotland is committed to addressing this through all aspects of its work and we particularly welcome applications for this position from individuals from Black and other global majority backgrounds, from low income backgrounds and disabled people.


Support in making an application:

If you would prefer to submit a video or voice recording in place of a written application, please send up to 4 minutes of video/​voice recording to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please include a link to one online example of your work in the body of the email and the sperate equal opporunities form.


The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

Aberdeen City Council

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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