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Hartlepool Waterfront Festival - Open Commissions 2019

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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.

Additional information:

Through the commissions, we seek to:

The Fee for each commission is £10,000 inclusive of VAT



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.

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.

A downloadable version of this document is located here

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 aaron.bowman@hartlepool.gov.uk.

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