creativescene / Opportunities / Mon 25 Mar 2019

Commission: Parade artist/company

Commission: Parade artist/company

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or arts organisation to work with Cleckheaton Folk Festival and the Cleckheaton community, to make something truly special to add to this year’s Folk Festival Parade.

Deadline for expression of interest: Monday 25th March, 9am

Interviews: Monday 8th April (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire)

Contracting, Community Engagement, Research & Development: April-May 2019

Parade Workshops: June – July 2019

Event Date: Saturday 6th July 2019

Budget: £5,000 approx (This must include all artistic, community engagement, research and development, project management and production costs. Road closures, traffic management and event planning, will be arranged by the Festival.)

Commission Details

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Awards for All, Creative Scene and Cleckheaton Folk Festival are looking to commission an artist or arts company to create two colourful, spectacular parade sections -that tell stories of people and places in Cleckheaton. Parade sections need to be co-created with the Cleckheaton community and provide opportunities for people to come together with their neighbors, experience something jointly and make new friends. We are interested in work that:

Interprets the stories, people and places of Cleckheaton – past, present or future in imaginative, visual and immediately recognisable ways.
Is co-created with the Cleckheaton community through a programme of engagement with a range of community groups, potentially including a primary school, a dance school and an older people’s group. We expect that the artist/company will assist in seeking out and contacting groups that the festival have not previously worked with.
Engages around 60 people in the presentation of the Parade (Workshops could engage more people than this).
Enables interaction between festival audiences and the parade, generating a feeling of joy from experiencing something together.
Is suitable for a diverse audience being sensitive to, and reflecting, the different cultures of our area.
Creative Scene and Cleckheaton Folk Festival would like to work with the successful artist or organisations collaboratively to:

Motivate local people to be part of the parade in the run-up and on the day to improve local investment in the event.
Provide incentives for local people to engage in other elements of the Cleckheaton Folk Festival programme.
Bring a high level of skill and experience to the Festival committee in producing high quality arts experiences for audiences and participants.
Provide a “wow factor” for the event, helping to provide lasting memories for people in Cleckheaton.

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Opportunity Location

Creative Scene

9 Wellington Road
WF13 1HF

Telephone: 01924 437 966

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