Past Opportunities

Gloucester Looking Up: Digital Commissions

Artist commission opportunity as part of Gloucester History Festival

A fantastic opportunity from Gloucester History Festival to create digital projects as part of their City Voices programme, including commissions to support local artists to create accessible programmes of activities to develop audiences and bring Gloucester’s heritage sites to life.

Gloucester Looking Up is a city-wide heritage venue response to Covid-19 inspiring new communities to look up at the buildings, look up online, look up their heritage and ensuring the city’s built and lived heritage is part of our shared recovery. It is funded by Historic England.

This brief details the first stage of this process, commissioning a range of digital outputs that will be hosted by the new Gloucester History Festival website (currently in development, to be launched in July 2020) as part of our community education programme City Voices. A second phase of creative commissions will be advertised in July, for projects which are not exclusively digital, and can be accessed within social distancing guidelines across the city.

Gloucester History Festival (GHF), run by the Gloucester History Trust, is a flagship festival for a city rich with high-profile heritage venues. City Voices is a key part of our programme, working with local communities, artists and historians to engage new audiences to explore the rich social history in the city. GHF is a key member of Gloucester’s Heritage Forum (HF) which includes Gloucester Cathedral, Llanthony Secunda Priory, St Mary de Crypt, the museums and other heritage sites. GHF and HF are collaboratively tackling the impacts of the current crisis by:

  • Providing an immediate city-wide response working with the community to provide virtual access to our venues
  • Providing a relevant, innovative activity programme, bringing together heritage and cultural sectors, attracting new, younger and diverse audiences
  • Building capacity and resilience by embedding collaborative partnership working at our core, working with our communities to make heritage part of everyday lives
  • Raising the profile of our organisations and city as having some of the richest heritage buildings in the UK

We will be programming 3 interconnecting activity strands which will directly respond to the current crisis and contribute to the recovery of the heritage sector.
1. Digital Map – providing virtual tours of venues across the city
2. Living History – working with communities to capture history being lived right now
3. Cultural Commissions – supporting local artists to create accessible programmes of activities, developing audiences and bringing heritage sites to life

This first series of commissions is for digital artists, illustrators, graphic designers and filmmakers to create product which is hosted on the GHF website initially and also on a Visit Gloucester website when that has been revised. The product will be accessed through an interactive map that is designed for this project.

The map should represent modern Gloucester in scale and layout, it may be helpful to have a full city with wards, as well as a detailed city centre map. The heritage buildings below should be represented as a minimum requirement, with further selections from the list on the right, reference to sites outside the centre, and travel links indicated.

  • Gloucester Cathedral St Michaels Tower
  • Llanthony Secunda Priory Olympus Theatre
  • Museum of Gloucester National Waterways Museum
  • St Mary DeCrypt church Robinswood Hill- Wildlife Trust
  • Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Gloucester Guildhall
  • Westgate Street/ The Folk Soldiers of Gloucester Museum
  • Blackfriars Priory Mariners Church
  • Kingsholm Stadium Alney Island

There is a maximum budget of £1,500 for this element

2. Film ‘tours’ of heritage venues/ areas. We are particularly interested in receiving film proposals that use different narratives and community voices. We will be able to support filmmakers in contacts with the venues and their volunteers

There is a budget of £500 – £2,000 for this element per film. Given the range of locations we are keen to explore, an exceptional application may identify several films that link together, to a maximum budget of £7,500.

3. Digital Content. We are interested in receiving applications that explore Gloucester heritage in innovative ways that can be shared via the website platform. This could include, but is not limited to, resources that are downloadable and support individual exploration of the City.

There is a budget of £500 – £1,500 for this element

All commissions will need to be completed and uploaded to website by 1 September 2020

Application process
To apply please submit your CV, and a proposal no longer than 2 sides of A4 which includes:
– Which commission(s) you are applying for
– A proposal detailing how you would run the project, including how you would engage
with the community and your ideas for style and content
– A budget breakdown
– Links to relevant previous work, website or social media
– Anything else you may feel relevant to support or add value to your application

For further information or queries please call Jacqui Grange, Project Manager on 01452 840565, or email

Please send completed applications to Kim Kenny, by Monday 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview via Zoom