Commission Opportunity - 5 UK Festivals

  • 2019 5 Festivals Co-Commission Application Form

    • Bluedot 
    • Kendal Calling 
    • Shambala 
    • Lakes Alive
    • Bournemouth Arts by the Sea


  • Art Co-Commission Information

  • In 2019, a £12,000 commission will be offered to create a new artwork that will feature at five boutique festivals across the UK.

    All participating festivals are listed below. Please check your / your team's availability to set up, supervise (where relevant) and de-rig the work at the events listed below, before applying.

    The new artwork will belong to the artist at the end of the 2019 festivals tour. Successful applicants will also receive feedback and developmental support from each participating festival.

    Representatives from each festival will shortlist and select the final successful applicant. In their proposals, the successful applicant will have demonstrated that their installation represents appropriate scale and artistic quality, underpinned by an understanding of logistical production and sustainable working practices.

    Please note: The commission should cover all artistic costs for the project, including accommodation and travel. The provision of additional funds for these will be at the discretion of each festival's artistic content budget holder.

    Artist Brief - Art Commission Brief

  • 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.

    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.

  • Applications will be assessed in 4 key criteria areas:

    • Artistic Quality
    • Public Engagement
    • Management
    • Finances

    Further breakdown of each criteria area is available in the supporting guidance document which should be read prior to submitting an application.


    Project Requirements, Delivery and Monitoring

    The successful applicant will be required to liaise with each festival on H&S compliance and production delivery. The applicant will need their own public liability insurance.

    All successful applicants will be required to submit information and evidence for evaluation of the project and festival.

    The panel can offer successful applicants advice and support during the development of the project, adding to the overall learning experience.

  • Commission Level and Application Process

  • Commission Level

    We invite proposals from artists for a £12,000 level commission. This fee should cover all labour, materials and accommodation.

    Artists are required to upload proposal documents to be considered for this commission. All completed applications will be reviewed by the panel, and you will be notified of the decision in writing, via email. Unfortunately, due to limited resource the festival is not able to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.



    Application Timescales

    • Application return deadline – 1 March 2019

    • Panel review and shortlisting – 15 March 2019


    At this point you may be required to provide more information or clarify your proposals

    • Unsuccessful applicants notified, and awards made by 1 April 2019

    • Delivery and Communications – April to July 2019

    • Live event dates:

    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)

    • Feedback and evaluation – October 2019



    • The application is open to organisations and individual artists.

    • The project must be presented at all co-commissioning festivals.

    • The commission is for a new piece of work, however, developments of existing work will also be considered

    • All project expenditure must take place after the panel decision has been formally announced to successful applications.



    Commissions will normally be paid in two instalments. Further information will be provided to the successful applicant.



    Please email for the guidelines for further information on assessment.


Closing date: 
Friday 1st March 2019
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