Artists and creative practitioners with the relevant experience either living or working in a Kirklees postcode are invited to apply for the below opportunities via an open call process.
As part of the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the gradual re-opening of business, these commissions aim to contribute to the re-opening that is taking place in Kirklees, Yorkshire.
The commissions will be big on impact, high on curiosity and playful, weaving safe practices and social distancing creating the environment for new exchanges. The spirit will be one of collaboration, shared experience and togetherness.
Arts organisation Beam has been appointed by Kirklees Council to produce two commissions in Kirklees with particular focus on Dewsbury and Huddersfield town centres, as part of a creative approach to safely re-engaging the surrounding communities with these urban centres.
Moments & Memories (1 x Opportunity at £12k fee)
The ‘Moments & Memories’ commission will be the catalyst for mass creative participation borough-wide, it will be a focus for much needed reflection & commemoration and a celebration of kindness, togetherness and community spirit. The commission will centre around a simple and inclusive creative idea, a ‘call to action’, which will create the opportunity for everyone to share a memory, experience or story. These individual acts of creativity will be brought together to become part of a striking mass participatory installation in the centre of Dewsbury and Huddersfield which will grow over summer 2020. Equally participants may choose to display their creations Kirklees wide in towns, villages and homes, or in the digital realm via social media, there should be no ‘right’ way to participate.
Sculpture Trail (10 x Opportunities at £2.5k fee each)
Taking inspiration from Kirklees and supporting the greening of the town and wider regeneration plans for new town parks, a cohort of artists will design green sculptural interventions that reflect the surrounding nature of each town helping to green these urban centres creating a fun and friendly welcome.
The deadline for all submissions is Monday 29 June 2020, 9am
Artists must be able to work to a short timescale – delivering the artworks over summer 2020 as described in the detailed brief.
For full details please download the brief for each commission from the Beam website.
Alison McIntyre and Nat Walton
HATCH – WOVEN Curators