Hartlepool Waterfront Festival - Open Commissions 2019
Open Waterfront Commission
supported by Great Place Tees Valley
As part of Hartlepool Waterfront Festival’s third incarnation, we are looking to commission two projects, each resulting in a final piece to be presented at Hartlepool Waterfront Festival on Saturday 20th July and Sunday 21st July 2019.
Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is a maritime arts festival for the 21st century. Last year, over our three festival days, we attracted over 15,000 people throughout the weekend. A video from last year’s festival can be found here.
We would like to invite artists of all specialisms to come forward, whether live or visual art, theatre or dance, those who’ve worked in outdoor settings and those interested in presenting their work outdoors.
The commissions are part of the Great Place Tees Valley programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. Great Place Tees Valley aims to bring cultural and heritage organisations together with local people and communities, to explore the culture, history and identity of the Tees Valley
The two commissions should explore this year’s Festival theme- ‘A Harbour of Refuge’. There should be learning and development opportunities throughout the design, creation and delivery process for HE/FE students and school-age children covering a range of creative genres and/or participatory activities for the general public, as well as audiences at the Hartlepool Waterfront Festival. The projects should help people to reconnect with Hartlepool’s heritage in a fun and accessible way, allowing them to view the place and people with fresh eyes.
- The final pieces, whether they be performance, sound-based or visual, will be presented at the third Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2019 on Saturday 20th July and Sunday 21st July 2019
- Please allow for all production costs in your submission
- The Hartlepool Waterfront Festival will be an outdoor presentation
- There are no permanent exhibition facilities on-site and there are no live performance facilities, but we can provide funds from our budgets to cover any technical production costs should you require it for the mounting of the piece
- The work can stay in situ overnight, as security will be provided for the duration of the festival
- We are able to provide access to maker spaces and storage, as well as facilities to build and rehearse with communities subject to requirements
Through the commissions, we seek to:
- To help our communities look outward across lands, seas, boundaries and differences; through direct and indirect arts engagement across a range of levels, with artistic excellence at its heart
- To create and cultivate resilience, involving and engaging the community from inception to ensure ownership and promote togetherness whilst attracting the best creative talent to develop those communities further
- To engage with issues that affect and interest audiences, with relevance at the heart of programming
- To act as a place-shaper, ensuring that the festival responds to Hartlepool and the wider Tees Valley, with an eye on originality, distinctiveness and vibrancy
The Fee for each commission is £10,000 inclusive of VAT
- The above fee should include all artistic and technical costs, engagement and participation costs, material costs, travel expenses, transportation. Fees for mounting the work can be further discussed, as mentioned above
- Artists/companies will be required to provide evidence of Professional (£2,000,000) and Public Liability Insurance (£5,000,000)
- Mentoring and advocacy from Hartlepool Cultural Services will be offered, including representatives from Hartlepool Town Hall, Hartlepool Art Gallery or the Museum of Hartlepool
- Hartlepool Borough Council may be able to facilitate introductions to relevant community groups
- Production support will be supplied and the piece/ presentation can be stage-managed by our Festival Team
- A get-in time and date will be arranged, although it will most likely be Thursday 18th July 2019. The get-out should either be on Sunday 21st or Monday 22nd July 2019. Please bear in mind that the site will be closed to all staff and contractors at darkness
- Power can be provided, but lighting will not be provided, as performances will be through the day-time
- We would be keen to support artists who involve schools or college students in the creation and performance of their piece of work. For example, last year we commissioned an artwork that took over 1000 children’s designs and displayed them on a light-up beach tent
Deadline for applications: Friday 22nd February 2019.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Monday 25th February 2019.
Informal Interview Process – W/C Monday 25th February 2019 (these can be via Skype or Telephone if travel is a problem).
How to apply:
Artists are required to submit the following by Friday 22nd February 2019.
- Appropriate contact details (If you are applying as a collective/company of artists please specify a main contact person)
- A biography detailing who you are, your background, professional experience and description of any relevant creative team.
- An artistic description contextualising the piece you will develop for this commission.
- A brief description of how you will involve communities in the development and making of the commission, including target participants and audiences.
- Please include a draft timeline of the production of the piece, including all participation and making activities.
- If available, pictures or links to examples of your previous work/work-in-progress
- An outline production budget
- Proposals should be no more than 4 sides of A4 and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome applications from talented people from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, ethnic minority, disabled and LGTBQ applicants as well as those from challenging socio-economic backgrounds.
The criteria for shortlisting are detailed below. These sections are equally weighted.
- Artistic Quality of the final piece – out of 10
- Relevance and Interpretation of Theme – out of 10
- Quality of Learning and Engagement Opportunities during the maker process – out of 10
- Quality of Learning and Engagement Opportunities during the festival – out of 10
- Feasibility of timeline and budget – out of 10
- Relevant Creative Experience, which should be detailed in your bio – out of 10
If you require this information in a more accessible format, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Aaron at email@example.com.