London's Tate Modern has today introduced an annual initiative, titled the Infinities Commission, aimed at supporting experimental contemporary artists.
The commission has been decided to support artists who work in “highly inventive ways,” said Catherine Wood, Tate Modern’s director of programmes, in a statement shared with The Art Newspaper.
“Artists today are freely crossing a variety of disciplines to create speculative, disruptive, or immersive projects that sit outside conventional artistic categories,” Wood said.
Each year, a panel of experts will select an artist for the commission. The chosen artist will then be tasked with unveiling their work in The Tanks, Tate Modern's subterranean performance, film and installation space, the following spring.
For the inaugural commission, the panel will make their selection in the summer of 2024 with the work going on display in the spring of 2025. All commissions will be free to the public.
The first year’s selection panel includes the artist and musician Brian Eno, the curator Oulimata Gueye, the artist Anne Imhof, Andrea Lissoni, the artistic director of Haus der Kunst in Munich and Legacy Russell, the executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen in New York.
As part of the new initiative, three additional artists will also receive £10,000 in research and development funding. They will appear with the commissioned artist at a “show and tell event”—the date of which has yet to be confirmed—where they will all discuss their work.