Commission for Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller photographers / closes 14 June 2024

For the upcoming book 'Roaming Britain: Gypsy, Traveller, and nomadic communities in the British built environment', RIBA will be commissioning a photo essay from a photographer of Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller heritage. The photographs should reflect the subject of the book, but this is left open for interpretation.

The photographs will also be acquired into the RIBA Collections and will form part of a touring display organised by RIBA in collaboration with colleagues from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller photographers, from smartphone hobbyists to professionals, who are currently living in the UK are invited to apply. The successful candidate will be awarded £3,500 and will need to complete the work by Friday 20 December 2024. The completed body of work should consist of 10 to 15 images.

The commission is funded by RIBA thanks to the generosity of Donald and Nancy Notley.

Applicants should provide an outline of how they might approach the subject, as well as reasoning behind their chosen approach. Some themes they may want to consider, but are by no means required to, are:

  • interactions with public space
  • identity, tradition, and legacy
  • adaptation and resilience

Full details:

Image: Photograph of Travellers’ encampment at Corke’s Meadow, St Mary Cray, London, by Reginald Hugo de Burgh Galwey, 1954 (Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections)

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