WANTED! Rapper or Spoken Word Artist with Traveller Heritage


27 February 2017 / Travellers' Times

DEADLINE: Monday 3rd April

As part of a project called The Hop Project (exhibition currently on at The Courtyard Arts Centre Hereford) we are producing a series of hip hop videos about the history of hop picking. We have currently produced one video with a Birmingham based rapper that explores the role women played in the history of hop picking. We are now looking to work with a rapper or spoken word artist from a Traveller heritage to produce another video that explores hop picking / history of agricultural labour / traveller lifestyle from a contemporary perspective. 

We are looking for a writer or writer/performer to produce a set of lyrics and potentially perform them for recording. We are very open to ideas as to the content of this (indeed, we don’t want it to be a straight exploration of hop picking etc). We have a budget to pay someone for this. We also have a budget to produce a music video to accompany the track and work with a music production company where necessary. The video will feature in The Hop Project exhibition at mac Birmingham in September/October 2017 (mac Birmingham its one of the country’s largest art centres).


  • Rapper or Spoken Word Artist with Traveller Heritage 
  • Would suit someone who would really get something from this - i.e. having a professional music video made / working with a music production company
  • £150 per day for up to 5 days work depending on whether you are writing or writing and performing

Previous Track:

This is the track/video we have already produced as part of The Hop Project - 


The Hip Hop Pickers Ball Ft Tee Lyrical
“We have a man we go to (all change)” Video, 9mins, 2016
A hip-hop track describing the history of the hop pickers from the perspective of a young Birmingham woman. She reflects on the past in relation to her own employment challenges.

The Hop Project: 

The Hop Project is a contemporary art project that is touring Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country in 2016/17. Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project uses the historical migratory movements of hop-pickers as the basis for a touring exhibition. The project’s starting point is an exploration of the social and political implications of hop production in the West Midlands. Historically, in the 19th and early 20th century, a mass-exodus from Birmingham and the Black Country used to occur every autumn as thousands of people travelled to Herefordshire and Worcestershire for the hop-picking season. The Hop Project is conceived and produced by General Public (artists Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman)

Video production: 

We will be producing the music video with Oli Clark who is an experienced film-maker working with media for multiple platforms including broadcast, live performance and online. For nearly 20 years Oli was a producer / director for the BBC, working on many documentary features and formats. His credits include: lead director on series 1, 2 and 3 of the BAFTA award winning series ‘Coast’ and the relaunch of Gardeners’ World in HD. As series producer he worked on multiple award-winning series with The Hairy Bikers (including the smash hits ‘Mums Know Best’ and ‘Bakeation’). He has continued an active TV career, most recently as an SP on ‘The House that £100k Built’ for BBC Two and an EP on ‘My Kitchen Rules’ for Channel 4.

Interested or want to know more?

Please send us your CV and examples/links to previous work if you are definitely interested in starting a conversation.

Or drop us an email or give us a call to find out more. 


Liz: 07769530557

Chris: 07792736125


DEADLINE: Monday 3rd April

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