Open Call for performers and musicians - When I Grow up I Want to Be a Ship Closing Event

Artist Opportunity, Call Out, Music, Open Call, Performance

Monday 28th March 9:00am – Monday 11th April 2022 9:00am

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Ship is a new artwork and installation by sound artist and composer Emily Peasgood, currently on show at God’s House Tower in Southampton.

It takes the form of a song, played through speakers in the gallery space, exploring Southampton’s complex relationship to the sea. Spanning a period of over 400 years, the song’s lyrical content explores the city’s every-changing coastline from the 1600s to the present day and into the future. Informed and inspired by local histories and local people, the song invites visitors to immerse themselves in the story of the Solent.

We’re looking for performers to create a version of the song at the exhibition closing event on Friday 6th May 2022. You will be sent the lyrics and chords on Monday 18th April to prepare for the live performance which will be recorded and documented on the night. You can interpret the song freely, rearrange it as you see fit and perform it in any style, genre or art form. It does not need to sound like the original. Expressions of interest will be accepted from solo artists and groups.  You can watch Emily performing the original version here 



Monday 28th March > Open call 

Monday 11th April > Deadline for expressions of interest

Monday 18th April > Successful musicians notified and sheet music sent

W/c Monday 2nd May > Rehearsal (date TBC)

Friday 6th May 6pm – 8pm > Closing event with live performances



There is a flat fee of £50 for each act.


Expressions of Interest

To register interest please contact Emily: or telephone 07749 115 484 by Monday 11th April at 9am with the following:

  • 100 words about why you are interested 
  • A link to your website, Soundcloud, Bandcamp or a recording of your music.



As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on or call 023 80 338 778