Open Call – Lancashire Graduate Micro-Commissions, National Festival of Making

Open Call – Lancashire Graduate Micro-Commissions, National Festival of Making

  • Closes 9th September 2020
  • Type Part time
  • Salary Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)
  • Contact Daisy Williamson

The National Festival of Making is looking to commission 3 individual artists or artist collectives, who have graduated this year from Lancashire-based degree programmes, to deliver an artistic project / piece of work that responds to the National Festival of Making themes. 

The National Festival of Making celebrates our brilliant UK making industry, from the kitchen table to the factory floor, attracting audiences of 40,000 – 

These commissions seek to offer supported opportunities to ensure that 2020 graduates have the opportunity to make new and exciting work during this period of significant global change.

The Open Call is an invitation for 2020 graduates of creative, cultural industry and art degree programmes based in Lancashire, to consider what they would like to create as part of the new Festival of Making programme delivered in the Autumn of 2020 & Spring 2021 – we are seeking imaginative and distinctive ideas that engage our multi generational and diverse audiences and which align with our work. 

Festival of Making Themes: 


Ideas may include: 

  • Visual art of any form
  • Creative concepts that demonstrate diverse cultural influences
  • Artistic multimedia projects
  • Experiential artforms
  • Writing
  • Digital work
  • Making workshops 
  • Performance and music experiences
  • STEAM based activities – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths making experiences

Throughout the commission, graduates will receive mentoring from the Festival Directors as well as support in realising the logistical side of projects from the festival team. 

In this commissioning cycle, we are interested in hearing from candidates from all diversity groups, particularly candidates from Black, Asian and Diverse Ethnic heritage groups. 

Budget: £2000 fixed fee 

To apply, download the guidance: 

Questions and Expression of Interest to – with a subject title ‘Graduate Micro Commissions’

Deadline: 10am, Wednesday 9th September

Project Dates: Each commission is to be delivered within the timescale – October 2020 to Spring 2021.