Hand Of Arts Platform Commission Opportunities 2018

Hand Of Arts Platform
Commission Opportunities 2018

Hand Of is seeking contemporary music composers to work with between July 2018 and January 2019.
Hand Of is an arts platform dedicated to supporting and enriching local communities through organising and programming interdisciplinary arts projects and events. Our central aim is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and inspiration through workshops and outreach with schools.

We work together with heritage locations and archival institutions in delivering these projects, which positively impact children’s educational experiences by allowing them to explore and express their imaginations through collaborating with artists and working with project partners.

We aim to reach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (Pupil Premium Grant, PPG) and in areas of low cultural engagement, as well as school children on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) register and children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).
This six month programme will comprise of four individual projects in different locations across England and we are looking to work with one composer in each location.

Hackney – July 2018
York – September 2018
Liverpool – November 2018
Newcastle – January 2019

Each individual project involves the commission for a piece of music that will form the basis of a multidisciplinary performance piece, created in collaboration with various artists from across the country, as well as a group of local school children.

The project will centre around a specific heritage building or space in each location, and alongside Hand Of, you will work closely with local (and national) archives in order to explore stories from the building’s history.

Your music will act as a vehicle for these stories, and you will collaborate with the other artists and school children to deliver a performance which tells and explores the history of the building or space you will be working in/with.

The position will include:
– Writing and creating new piece of music (we are open to re-using and adapting existing
– Planning phase, done together with the production company Hand Of.
– Approximately two weeks of workshops with c.25 pupils between the age of 10 and 12.
– A minimum of one performance and a maximum of three, with the other artists and children.
– Evaluation and reflection period.

We are inviting expressions of interest from composers in the following fields:
– new and experimental music both electronic and instrumental
– digital sound
– electro-acoustic music
– cross-overs between music, performance arts and visual arts
Funding for the programme is dependent on public funding and trust income, of which we will hear the results between March 2018 and June 2018. Our current partners for the programme include:
The National Trust
The Parliamentary Archives
Explore York Archives
Kielder Observatory
Northumberland Archives
Newcastle Archives
Birmingham Archives
Remuneration for each project will be in the region of £2500 – £3000.
Example of previous work and nature of projects: The Unprecedented Case
Website: www.handof.co.uk
Please send over your current CV and any links/ examples of your work to Louise at