South Beach Neighbourhood Commission Artist opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative artist to work in partnership with a group of local business owners and residents in the South Beach area of Blackpool. The commission has been developed through the enthusiasm of the local traders who are keen to explore the creative potential of their area, take risks and challenge people?s perception of the place that they live and work.

We are commissioning an artist to work in partnership with South Beach Trader?s community group which is made up of business owners and residents from this area which is focused around Bond Street.

We would like to use this commission as:

? A way to engage people who live there, those who live in the wider Blackpool area and visitors to the area with a high quality creative experience
? A way to raise the profile of this area
? A way to help people explore the area
? A way to inspire people to learn new and unexpected things about the area
? A way to encourage people to use the businesses on this stretch

We are not prescriptive about form; this could be anything from a guided walk or a piece of street theatre to a digital experience or a temporary space that the group could use again. We would like the work to have an interactive element to it, something that encourages people to think, can be used as an opportunity to further spread the word or pass on a positive story about the area.

The work should have a positive legacy. This might be that, for example, what is discovered inspires the commissioning group to embark on a larger project, a set of skills that are passed onto the residents or a digital archive that can continue to grow.

We are inviting proposals from interested artists who feel that their practice fits with our aims and objectives. We would like to see:
1. Information about your practice (200 words)
2. Three examples of previous work that you feel are relevant to this brief (link to websites or documents no bigger than in total than 5MB)
3. Why you are interested in this opportunity (300 words)
4. How you feel your practice would fit with the brief (150 words)
5. How you would envisage working with the South Beach business group (300 words)

The fee for this commission is ?4,500. This will need to include all artist fees, travel, materials, and infrastructure.

From this call out we will invite 4 artists to interview, from which we will appoint 1.

Click here to view the full brief

Please send your applications to by 5pm on the 15th April.


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