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Photography Commission 

We are looking for a photographer who identifies as D/deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent and/or living with a long term condition, to join CWC in collaboration with Disability Arts Online on its latest project entitled “Us”. 

About the project

​Us began in 2019, as a public engagement research project facilitating 300+ people to express creatively how invisibility plays a role in their lives & how it impacts them daily. For 2023-24, we are exploring how the unseen can shape human interaction and how presumption and prejudice force exclusion. This project will experiment with how movement, sound and image can make the invisible be seen, heard and felt, in the most visible way possible, centre stage and through the lens.

We are making a suite of work to respond to flexible programming opportunities, which includes a dance-for-drone film, an onstage choreographic work and an exhibition featuring an interactive element and photographic work. 


The Role

We’re looking to commission a photographer to produce a series of images in response to the concept Us for an initial month-long residency at Rich Mix, London. 


Wrapped within the concept of invisibility, we are looking for a photographer to conceive and develop the photography series which could be based on your own lived experience of invisibility or through a relationship you may hold to invisibility. When we use the term invisibility, we’re referring to what that means to you. Our research has touched upon; invisible disability, mental health, social norms, ethnicity, gender, culture and religion. Invisibility could mean something different to you. 


The commission is open to artists for whom photography is central to your practice. 


You may be a portrait photographer, or landscape photographer or specialise in photo journalism - we’re open to all styles of photography. Please use your expression of interest to explain your photographic style and experience. 

The commissioned artist will be responsible for the production of the exhibition, in collaboration with CWC Artistic Director and Exec Producer, and must be arranged within the agreed production budget. 


The commissioned artist must be able to demonstrate how the values of CWC (inclusivity, empowerment and kindness) align with their practice and professional delivery, and be open to collaborating closely with the Artistic Director. 


Commission Information 

There is no limit to the number of photographic images that you may produce and you will work with our Artistic Director Cathy Waller to curate the final selection. 


There is a separate production budget and an access budget that we will discuss with the commissioned photographer. 


The resulting exhibition will need to have some flexibility in how it’s presented to respond to varying types of exhibition spaces in venues such as theatres, libraries or galleries. This may also influence what the exhibition is printed on and how it is hung. We’re open to alternative and/or sustainable print and presentation formats.



Thursday 30th November
Applicant Deadline (12pm)
Wednesday 6th December
Candidates notified
Monday 11th / Thursday 14th December
Monday 18th December
Interviewees notified
January - March 2024
Creation and Production
Remote / Rich Mix
Tuesday 12th - Thursday 14th March
Get in at Rich Mix
Rich Mix
Thursday 14th March
Exhibition goes live
Thursday 21st March
VIP Event: premiere, discussion & exhibition
Rich Mix
Thursday 11th April
Exhibition take down
Rich Mix


£2000 + production costs (incl. VAT)


Travel & accommodation

Travel, accommodation and per diems to be discussed and paid by CWC.



We have a separate access budget to make this role accessible for you. 


How to apply

To apply please send:

  • Your CV and your portfolio, of previous work and relevance to this type of work. 

  • A short statement (no more than 800 words) explaining why you would like to work on the project and with the company, an insight into your idea/s and how you would respond to the concept

  • Let us know of availability challenges

  • A completed (and anonymous) data collection form: 


We'd especially love to hear from artists from the Global Majority because the work puts invisibility centre stage and we'd like to reflect that in our team, collaborators and for our audiences. 


Send everything to by 12noon on Thursday 30th November



Application deadline:  12noon, Thursday 30th November

Notification:  Tuesday 5th December

Interviews:  Monday 11th &/or Thursday 14th December

Notification:  Monday 18th December



If you would prefer to apply by video or audio please send a private YouTube or Vimeo link, or audio file which should be no more than 5 minutes. 


Let us know in your application if you have any access requirements so we can support you and put these in place for the interview. 



If you have any questions please feel free to email

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