DICE, Artists, commission
'If we want to rewrite economics, we need to redraw its pictures too, because we stand little chance of telling a new story if we stick to the old illustrations.'  Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

We seek to commission six artists to illustrate a text about the DICE programme by Professor JP Singh

The text is an academic review of international development and cultural relations – please find a summary in Annex 3 below.

Our aim is to bring Professor Singh's work to life visually for readers interested in the role of, and connections between, arts, entrepreneurship, the Sustainable Development Goals, cultural relations and international development.

We intend to select one artist from each of the following countries to undertake the commission: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK.

Please read the below sections and attached documents for details and to apply.

About the commission

'Everybody’s saying it: we need a new economic story, a narrative of our shared economic future that is fit for the twenty-first century. I agree. But let’s not forget one thing: The most powerful stories throughout history have been the one told with pictures. If we want to rewrite economics, we need to redraw its pictures too, because we stand little chance of telling a new story if we stick to the old illustrations.'  Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

The commission will comprise:

  • a briefing and dialogue with the DICE Team and Professor JP Singh and the other five artists who have been commissioned (from the other DICE countries)
  • further discussion about the text with the six artists to explore what aspects they would be interested in visualizing - both as a group and individually
  • two rounds of submissions from the artist – with feedback provided by the DICE team 
  • publication of your work in the text. The full report and visualisations will be shared widely with the international development community, arts commissioners and investors, and the British Council networks.

The budget available for each artist’s commission is £450 – £2,500. This includes the time spent in the briefing session, two rounds of artistic submissions and the cost of materials. 

About the artists

We seek six artists who are:

  • working in one or more of the following media: illustration, painting, graphic design, animation, poetry, graphic novel, comic strips, etc.  
  • excited by the DICE programme ideas 
  • interested in interpreting this academic paper visually and prepared to grapple with its complex ideas
  • able to create wonderful works of art that help tell a story / show a perspective on DICE and JP Singh's analysis
  • proficient, native or fluent in reading English (so as to be able to navigate the text)
  • comfortable with and mindful of deadlines 
  • welcoming of constructive criticism with respect to their work
  • able to attend a briefing workshop with other commissioned artists, the DICE team and Prof. JP Singh
  • create and deliver in February - March 2021.

How to apply

Please submit the following by email, with the subject line 'Proposal for DICE Artist Commission', to DICETeam@britishcouncil.org by 25 January 2021, 23:59 GMT. 

  1. Complete the attached ‘suppliers’ response form [Annex 2]. This should comprise:
  • An Artist's statement explaining why this commission is of interest to you. Please include details about what intrigues you most about Prof. JP Singh’s Executive Summary (see Annex 3). This could be either a written statement, or a link to a video of no more than three minutes.
  • Confirmation that you can deliver your piece in the stated timeframe
  • Your fee

2.Please include in your email response 3-4 samples of your work.

If you have any questions about this commission, please do send them to the email address above. We will then aggregate all of the questions we receive, and share the answers on this webpage on 19 January.

Please also consider joining our briefing session with the DICE team on 12 January, where you will also have opportunity to ask any questions. The link to join this session is in the calendar below and for those unable to attend it will be recorded and a link posted here.

Activity Date / Time
RFP issued  18 December 2020
Briefing (opportunity to hear more about this commission and ask our team questions) 12 January 2021, 11.30am GMT Click here to join this meeting
Deadline for clarification questions (Clarification Deadline) 13 January 2021
British Council to respond to clarification questions 19 January 2021
Deadline for submission of Proposals by potential suppliers (Response Deadline) 25 January 2021
Final decision 3 February 2021
Contracts concluded with winning suppliers 5 February 2021
Contract start date 8 February 2021