Call Out for Artists and Writers: London’s Theatre of the East

21 June '19

We have recently secured funding from the City of London to run a collaborative project with our neighbour, the museum Dr Johnson’s House, home of the writer and playwright Samuel Johnson, best known for compiling the first comprehensive ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ (1755). Together, we’ll be commissioning 3 artists of different practices to examine and creatively respond to the history of Arabs and North Africans in the City of London from the Elizabethan times to Johnson’s in the 18th Century, focusing particularly on the representation of the ‘East’ in theatre and culture throughout that time. In November this year, we will showcase the responses in a series of events, a publication, and in an exhibit in Dr Johnson’s House.

We are looking for London-based, Arab-identifying artists or writers who may be interested in participating in this project. This project will suit mid-career artists or writers that have a research-infused practice.

Please see attached a concept note with more information about the project, including a timeline and commission fee.

Interested artists should send a CV/portfolio and website link to along with a brief note about why they’re interested in the project by Friday 5 July at the latest. This call is designed for scoping out artists currently outside of our radar – final project participants may not be selected from this call out.


Header image is a reproduction of an Elizabethan painting of the Moorish Ambassador who visited Queen Elizabeth I of England from Barbary in 1600 to propose an alliance against Spain. The original belongs to the collection of the University of Birmingham, England.