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Artist Call Out: Finding creativity and connection in a time of crisis

Create Gloucestershire is co-ordinating resources to support artists/makers to create work that connects communities in this time of crisis.

This is our first, short term response to an evolving situation where we – collectively and individually – are navigating immense change.  This will not be our only response.  Our overriding aim is to listen and see what is possible at a time when a lot is impossible.  We are testing this approach to understand if it’s useful.  We hope it will be the right response for some, but recognise it may not be for everyone.  Either way, let us know.

A big thank you to everyone who applied for this opportunity. Both rounds have now closed but watch this space for updates!


🔥 UPDATE 🔥We have been inundated by applications from artists looking to develop ideas that can be delivered in a physical ‘creative box’.

In order to harness this energy and the huge variety of brilliant ideas we’ve heard about, Create Gloucestershire have hosted conversations with artists. If you would like to find out more about this conversation or how to get involved email hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk.


CALLOUT: ARTISTS/MAKERS NEEDED

Create Gloucestershire is co-ordinating resources to support Gloucestershire and South West based artists/makers who have ideas to create work in any art form that responds to and connects individuals, sectors and communities in this time of crisis.  

This call out is in partnership with Strike A Light who have invested funding alongside ours. We hope in the coming days to add other partners and resources into our collective pot and will therefore be updating this opportunity on a regular basis.

We have re-channelled some of our resources into a new programme of grants for artists & makers to develop creative ideas that can be “home delivered” to people who are self-isolating. We want to encourage physical distancing AND social solidarity; window sill art galleries, digital shed music, letterbox puppet shows, garden dance.

Our goal is to test ideas in Gloucestershire that, if successful, could be replicated in towns and villages across the South West.
We are looking for ideas that:

• can comfort, connect, entertain and inspire

• are of high artistic quality

• respond to the breadth and diversity of individuals, sectors and communities in the region

• will benefit from the connection with Create Glos/Strike A Light

• are safe and can be delivered in line with current government guidelines as they emerge and evolve

If you have a proposal we would like to hear from you as soon as possible. We have grants from £200 to £1500 available and a total pot, currently, of £7000. While this is a limited pot at the moment we are doing our best to grow it.


Please submit 2 sides of A4 detailing:

• your idea and approach to the project

• where it will take place

• how it will be delivered

• more about you and your experience

• and in addition, please attach an outline budget

We will also accept filmed proposals. These should address the information above and be no longer than 4 mins.

Please send your proposal to hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk and fill in our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form by following this link.

Closing dates for proposals
Closing date 1: 12 noon 3rd April 2020
Closing date 2: 12 noon 17th April 2020

You may only apply once. Successful applicants will be notified asap.

Get in touch
If you would like to talk through your idea with us at any stage, we would welcome that conversation; email hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk and one the CG or SAL team will contact you.

We have tried to turn this programme around as quickly as possible and will take on board feedback as we go to continue to grow and improve our response.

Credit to Farnham Maltings for inspiring our action.