The Sunday Round - 15

Artists, cities, society, infrastructure, citizenship and more.
A round up of opportunities and the things we've seen, read or been interested in this week.

This week: Five opportunities, PLUS the relationship between artists, technology and activism, gal-dem take over The Guardian Weekend, the link between community engagement and artistic excellence and more.


1. The Global Tourism Backlash: Rather than limit tourism, cities must build more inclusive and sustainable places for residents, workers and visitors alike, Richard Florida writes.

2. "We are offering something people didn't get before": inside gal-dem. How the gal-den collective of  women and non-binary people of colour is disrupting traditional media

3. How Can Art and Tech Change the World? The relationship between artists, new technologies and activism. Through virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and other immersive media, these artists are developing new forms that shape what the future looks like.

4. Artists remove works from Design Museum in protest at arms trade event: Artists remove work from the Design Museum’s ‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18’ exhibition in protest at the museum hosting a private event organised by Italian aerospace and defence company Leonardo.

5. Placing Audiences at the Centre - People Place Power: Justine Themen reflects on the inextricable link between genuinely engaging communities and artistic excellence ahead of Coventry City of Culture 2022

6. ACE draws on Lottery reserves for NPO funding: Grants to individual artists down as National Portfolio Organisations receive three-quarters of Arts Council England's Lottery grant expenditure.


Leeds Arts University are seeking to commission a Feminist Public Sculpture championing the achievements and recognition of women in the City of Leeds.  The aim is a more balanced gender representation of public sculptures in Leeds.

Pervasive Media Studio are looking for South West New Talent Fellowships - Apply for a £15,000 bursary to develop ideas and leadership roles in the immersive tech fields.

Misk Art Week invites proposals and ideas from artists, galleries, creatives and cultural enthusiasts who want to contribute to urban transformation.

AMAL are granting up to £50,000 for Muslim artists and organisations, particularly projects that connect Muslim organisations/groups in a locality, incorporate diversity, engage youth and embrace digital.

Friends of Ropner Park and Stockton Council are commissioning a wooden sculpture that will promote and encourage reading children's literature. £4000 available.