Open Call: Commission Opportunity for North Staffordshire-based artists

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Open Call: Commission Opportunity for North Staffordshire-based artists Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the Cultural Forum and the Cultural Champions are looking to commission North Staffordshire-based artist(s) to create new artworks for a light event in January 2019. 

Appetite was asked by Arts Council England to propose an event as a legacy of Stoke-on-Trent’s UK City of Culture bid. Our partners Stoke-on-Trent City Council suggested a Light Night-style event in Burslem. Appetite successfully bid for this and are now working to deliver an ambitious event which aims to remind local people and stakeholders that art and culture are powerful tools in keeping our city ‘on the up’. Our ambition is that this event becomes a highlight in the city’s cultural calendar for future years.

The light event will feature a programme of local, national and international work, including some of the most highly regarded international artworks of this kind. Some will be newly commissioned for this event, creating an experience that will shine a light on Stoke-on-Trent and our unique selling points. This open call provides an opportunity for the project and partners to create new work, and will sit alongside a presented programme of work by artists who have a proven track record in this medium. 

The event will be a celebration of the time of year, marking the transition from dark winter months to the optimism of the light of spring and summer.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for artist(s) who live and/or work in North Staffordshire to explore, develop and deliver new artworks for the programme. North Staffordshire is an area of England, consisting of the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands local authority areas. We will also consider applications from the wider city region subject to the discretion of the panel members.

We want to see applications that demonstrate exciting, ambitious ideas by artists which use the medium of light.

The event will take place over two or three days (to be confirmed) from Thursday 31 January to Saturday 2 February 2019.

The Brief:

Please download the full Open Call Brief to find out more about the commission, budget and how to apply: Light Open Call_Brief

Deadline for applications: 12pmMonday 29 October 2018

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact or call 01782 381373.

Image taken from Cirque Bijou’s Umbrella Project at Hanley Christmas Lights Switch On 2015. Image courtesy of Andrew Billington Photography. 



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