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National Theatre Wales


National Theatre Wales (NTW) celebrates 70 years of the National Health Service (NHS) in July 2018. For NHS70 we are commissioning and creating seven unique pieces of work that will take place across Wales, each led by a distinctive art-form.  As part of this love-letter to the NHS (which was created by Aneurin Bevan MP for Ebbw Vale and inspired by the Miners’ Medical Aid Society in Tredegar), we are seeking to commission a visual artist to make a new work.

NHS Wales is the largest employer in Wales, and the scale and complexity of the organisation is extraordinary. There are big numbers associated with the NHS; masses of data that reveal a complex system that is hard to imagine.

From the amount of blood used in a day to the number of beds in use at any one moment, from births and death statistics to waiting times and numbers of operations or languages spoken. The data tells a story of a system and a process that perhaps is as complex a working system as our own bodies. Inspired by this system and this data, we are interested in working with an artist that can bring the scale, complexity, understanding and dynamism of the NHS in Wales to the public in an accessible and inspiring way.

The work could sit in a museum, online, a found space, a hospital site or somewhere we have yet to imagine. It could be immersive, digital, something to look at or something to discover/wander through. We want the data to speak to us in an interesting and dynamic way that is both mind-blowing and moving.


How to apply

If you are interested, please submit:

  • A short proposal outlining your idea (no more than 2 A4 pages)

  • Artist CV (no more than 2 A4 pages)

  • Supporting visual material and examples of previous work (up to 5 images). Digital images should be saved as jpg files at 300dpi (each file no bigger than 2mb each). For AV/moving images, please provide a link via Vimeo, Youtube, website etc together with relevant passwords

  • Links to websites (up to 3 sites) which contain examples of your work

By email, to -

Please note that you will need to demonstrate evidence of at least one previous professional commission in order to have your application considered. National Theatre Wales will commit up to £40k towards the project, including a commission fee of £6,000 production costs and installation. NTW will also cover travel and accommodation if necessary.


The selection panel will include Bedwyr Williams, Karen Mackinnon (Artes Mundi) and Kully Thiarai (National Theatre Wales). The deadline for submission is 10am on Friday, 1 December 2017. Work will be completed by July 2018.


The individual submitting the idea or at least one representative of the group, if submitting as a collective, should ideally be available for interview in person in Cardiff on Friday 15th December 2017. Alternatively, the individual or representative must be available and equipped for an online video interview this day.



  • By submitting an idea to National Theatre Wales, you commit to producing this work with us if you are selected.

  • National Theatre Wales will arrange access to NHS Wales data via the data commissioner and this will be subject to relevant data protocols.

  • The final selected project will go into production immediately after the winner is announced. We aim to deliver this project in July 2018.

  • Submissions must be written in English or Welsh.

  • Applicants can be based anywhere in the UK, but should be able to travel to Wales a number of times throughout the production cycle and must be proficient in English or Welsh.

  • Projects must be entirely your own work. Any other creative works, including those out of legal copyright, that are referenced or quoted in your submission must be clearly credited.

NHS70: Open Call To Artists