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Friday, 24 July 2015


Worcestershire Arts Partnership
Festivals and Outdoor Arts/ Events subgroup

Festival commission - open call

Do you have a great idea for a new and innovative artwork, project, performance, exhibition or digital artwork that could tour to three or more Worcestershire-based festivals in 2016?

Worcestershire Arts Partnership is offering a commission of £1,000 to artists, curators and producers living or based in Worcestershire who have an idea they want to develop and present during 2016. The content of the project is up to you but we particularly want to support original and innovative ideas. This commission is for a new work, so you cannot apply in relation to existing projects. We will actively encourage the successful artist to apply for other funding, particularly to Grants for the Arts (Arts Council England) and use the commission as match funding.

The piece should
·         Be portable, flexible and adaptable to different contexts
·         Ideally work both indoors and outdoors
·         Be participatory or interactive for audiences
·         Work within the programmes of a minimum of three Worcestershire festivals. A list of those that are part of the subgroup is below - to find out more please visit individual festival websites
·         Be family friendly
·         Be accessible to and engaging for a wide range of audiences

To apply for the commission, submit a proposal of no more than 2 sides of A4 including the following information:

-         Your name, address, phone number and email address
-         An outline of your project and what you want to do
-         Where you plan to present your project – i.e. at which of the listed festivals below
-         Other artists or participants that may be involved
-         How your project benefits the development of your work as an artist
-         A brief outline of a project you have recently completed

Please do not send additional information such as CVs, portfolios etc. You may include one link to a website with examples of your previous work.
Send your submission to: Louisa Davies, Festivals and Outdoor Arts sub group chair by email to louisadf56@gmail.com AND Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer by email to swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk
Deadline for applications: Friday 28 August at 5pm
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their ideas to the subgroup at their meeting on Friday 11 September, due to take place at the Hive, Worcester.

The festivals that are part of the subgroup are:

Worcestershire Literature Festival
Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Music Festival
Mistletoe Festival
International Hammer Dulcimer Convention
Malvern Food Festival
Bee Line Festival (in schools/ storytelling-based)
Upton Jazz Festival
Kidderminster Arts Festival
Worcester City Markets
Dance Fest
Spare Room Arts
Bromsgrove Festival

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