What is the co-commission for?
At the heart of the co-commission is the desire to generate opportunities for creative practitioners living in South Essex. In addition, the co-commission should benefit the lead organisation, for example:
What do we mean by a co-commission?
Examples could be: several new commissions sited along a high street / a collective exhibition / a performance that could travel between venues / a festival of programmed activity. Whilst we are commissioning a lead organisation, we are looking for an activity that promotes collectivism and enables and strengthens creative practitioners to produce new work and make new connections. We anticipate that the outputs should be free to access for the public. You can see examples of previous Creative Estuary co-commissions here.
What is a creative practitioner?
Creative practitioners include artists, makers, producers and curators working across the creative industries.
The lead organisation
It is expected that the lead organisation has experience working with the creative industries. They will be responsible for all commission delivery and all matters relating to securing necessary insurance, permissions and licensing, contracts and agreements. The lead organisation can be based in Thurrock or have a connection to the area.
What is the investment?
We are offering up to £20,000 towards the delivery of the co-commission. This is inclusive of VAT. It is anticipated that a minimum of 70% of the total funding will reach creative practitioners. We anticipate organisations will seek additional cash and in-kind funding.
What is the timescale?
How to apply
Please set your response to this invitation on no more than four pages A4, including images and weblinks if useful. We want to hear about your exciting ideas and ambitions and how you will work with creative practitioners to deliver a co-commission. Your proposal should tell us about the following:
Criteria for selection
The successful lead organisation will be selected by a panel comprising members of the Co-commissioning advisory group (made up of curators, commissioners and producers with expertise across a range of art forms, including dance, performance, live art, music, film and visual arts), the Creative Estuary Project Director and a representative of Thurrock Council.
Deadline Responses to this invitation should be emailed to Catherine Byrne, Creative Estuary Project Officer C.P.Byrne@kent.ac.uk, no later than noon on 7th December 2022. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Catherine Byrne at the email above.