Reimagining Arts Commissioning

Bagri Foundation is pleased to be part of the open calls launch event of the Unlimited Research & Development Awards 2021. 

Reimagining commissioning: What would the perfect commission look like from an artist’s perspective?

Whilst the process for Unlimited’s current commissions round is set, beyond that there is a real space to dream and reimagine. Join Unlimited, Bagri Foundation and our panel of independent artists as they explore future possible processes for commissions that can be more accessible, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative, meeting the needs of a much wider range of artists that those the current systems across the whole of the cultural sector reach.

Unlimited and the Bagri Foundation have partnered in the current commissions round of Unlimited, with the Bagri Foundation supporting two research and development awards for disabled artists identifying as Asian / from the Asian Diaspora.

This event includes a panel discussion chaired by cultural organiser, producer and facilitator Joon Lynn Goh, founding organiser of Migrants In Culture, co-founder of Asia Art Activism and currently National Movement Lead for What Next?. Joon Lyn will be in conversation with artist panellists Kai Syng Tan, Mohammad Fastami Barrangi and Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, all of whom have been previously commissioned by Unlimited, and Alessandra Cianetti from the Bagri Foundation.

This event will be captioned and BSL interpreted. Free tickets can be booked here.

Panellists biographies

Kai Syng Tan is the creator of the incredible #MagicCarpet which was initially created with an Unlimited main commission award. Kai is involved in Catalysing Change through Artful Agitation and is Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Visiting Fellow and Artist, Kings College London. She also runs the Neurodiversity In/& Creative Research Network.

Mohammad Fastami Barrangi is a print maker and illustrator, from Iran and now based in England. Formerly a world champion athlete, he encountered Unlimited whilst part of The Art House’s Studio for Sanctuary Project. Most recently he has created a room design as part of East Street Art’s Art Hostel.

Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings is a textiles artist and designer. Having been brought up in Sudan and the Middle East before settling in the UK, her work is a unique fusion of eastern and western influences, with strong influences of organic forms and Arabic styles. She gained an Unlimited R&D award to work on River Runs Through. She is currently undertaking a Clore Fellowship as part of the 16th cohort of leaders from the arts and cultural sector, hailing from England, Ireland, India, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Africa and beyond.

After an hour of panel discussion, including taking questions from the ‘floor’, the final 20 minutes will be led by Unlimited giving information on how to apply to the current Unlimited awards, including the Bagri Foundation Research and Development Partner Awards.

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin since 2013, and is funded from 2019-2022 by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and British Council. Since 2013, Unlimited has supported over 270 disabled artists and their work has reached audiences of over 2.6 million people.

Featured image by Mohammad Barrangi


Sep 11 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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