Open Call for Artists, 5 Festivals Co-commission

Open Call for Artists, 5 Festivals Co-commission, Bluedot, Kendal Calling, Shambala, Lakes Alive, Arts by the Sea festivals

  • 1st March 2019
  • North West, Touring several events across the country.
  • Part time
  • Paid (£10k-15k pro rata)
  • Amy Grundy

Building on the success of a co-commission in 2018, bluedot, Kendal Calling, Shambala, Lakes Alive and Arts by the Sea are providing a new opportunity for artists to create and tour a new artwork to each of their festivals in 2019. All festivals are known for creating immersive arenas for arts and culture within each of their festival sites.

The festivals are particularly interested in seeing applications for outdoor light art, digital art and large-scale installation work that has sufficient scale and impact for each festival setting. The artwork will be showcased in arenas that have audiences present throughout the day and after dark so should be created to be visible at night as well as during the day. Artists are encouraged to consider the use of light as a key artistic medium for the commission. The artwork could also include ambient sound as well as light, however this should be designed to have a controllable volume level. The artwork should encourage interaction and exploration of the work. Interactivity for audiences is a key factor for all 5 festivals and the piece should be designed to be robust enough to withstand audiences.

In their proposals, the successful applicant will have demonstrated that their installation represents appropriate scale and artistic quality, underpinned by an understanding of logistical and production and sustainable working practices.  The successful applicant will receive funding to create and install their work and will be promoted in each of the festivals’ arts programme launches.

Commission Level:

£12,000 is available for touring a new piece of artwork to the festivals. All participating festivals are listed below. Please check your / your team’s availability to set up, supervise and de-rig the work at the events listed below, before applying.

Bluedot festival (18-21st July).

Kendal Calling (25-28th July).

Shambala festival (22-25th August)

Lakes Alive (6-8th September)

Arts by the Sea (27-29th September)

Artists are required to complete an online application form to be considered. Application form. For application guidance notes and more information about the commission please contact