As part of our six-month festival, The Birmingham 2022 Culture Programme is offering Birmingham and West Midlands artists/cultural organisations the opportunity to make a proposal for commissions of up to £25,000 to create public artworks. Each artwork will celebrate and connect to a specific sport of The Games.

The sports allocated to this creative brief are:

  • Aquatics – Swimming and Para Swimming
  • Athletics and Para Athletics
  • Basketball 3×3 and Wheelchair Basketball 3×3
  • Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls

You can download the full creative brief which outlines each opportunity and explains how to make a proposal. We have also included some responses to frequently asked questions and details of how to get this guidance in accessible formats. We have also arranged a series of opportunities to get more advice, support and information prior to the submission deadline.

The commissions will be presented in July 2022 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Culture Programme.

Creative Brief

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Frequently Asked Questions

The West Midlands is one of nine official regions of England. It covers the western half of the area traditionally known as the Midlands. The region consists of the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.

As Birmingham 2022, we have a geographic focus on

  • the 7 constituent authorities of the West Midlands Combined Authority: Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Coventry
  • the locations outside of the West Midlands Combined Authority hosting Games sports competitions, namely Warwick, Leamington Spa and Cannock Chase.

Yes. We welcome partnership proposals and collaborations with individual and organisations from the 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, including the four nations of the UK – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Yes. It is acceptable to use the commission as match for funding applications and/or to use existing resources towards project costs. Please talk to us about other funding applications, we can provide letters of support.

The commission amount from Birmingham 2022 should represent at least 70% of the total project costs.


The Cultural Festival will be a festival of all artforms, the spaces between them and the new forms and ideas that emerge when art forms collide. We will incorporate dance, theatre, music, spoken word and literature, the visual arts, film, photography, digital media, craft and architecture. As one of the UK’s test city/regions for 5G, we are particularly interested to see projects that creatively use and explore this new capability to reach new audiences. Similarly, we are keen to see the region’s rich cultural heritage explored and expressed for new audiences.

We’re interested in hearing from new voices and those at all stages of their career. We know that means you may need some more help and guidance.

We will run a series of surgeries (question & answer sessions for interested artists and cultural organisations) on selected dates in August. To book a surgery slot, please contact Lashana Charles-Queely on [email protected]

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