Graduate commission for Same But Different 

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About the project:

We are offering a paid creative opportunity for a recent graduate/collective (graduated within the last 12 months) to make a piece of new work for our summer festival, Same But Different.

We are looking for brand new work that can be displayed in a shopfront window that can capture people’s attention.

About Same But Different: 

Same But Different is made up of a range of events taking place across the city. 

The same city and streets but a little bit different – making the everyday less ordinary in a fun and playful way for the duration of the festival. 

Commission Brief:

This graduate commission could be performative, an installation, a video or audio piece, dance, or all of the above! We want to be inspired by your ideas, what would you do with an empty shop window in the centre of Worcester for a day? How would you capture people’s attention, and what would you like to say / share?

The work must be accessible to all members of the public. The work also needs to be produced in a way that is sustainable and has as little impact on the environment as possible.

We have a variety of potential shops to showcase your creative work, so at this stage we don’t need you to think too much about size of space in terms of exact dimensions. The work must be visible from the front of the shop and audiences will not be allowed to enter.

The work could be continuous and last several hours or be a shorter length and repeated several times throughout the day. It could change as the day goes on or it could stay the same.

At this stage we just want to hear your ideas, and most importantly to know what you would like to share or say to our audience and why you feel it fits with Same But Different.

The work must be ready by early July 2021 and you will need to be available in Worcester the week of 19 July 2021. The chosen project will be produced in conjunction with the Arches Worcester Festivals team, with support provided by the Festivals Director and Festivals Producer. The work must be new and original and not something that has taken place before.

Commissioning fee for this opportunity is £1500. This fee is to cover your artistic and admin costs and does not include production costs, which will be covered separately by The Arches Worcester Festivals.

How to apply

Initial creative responses, can be submitted by email to David Edmunds, Festivals Director at [email protected] OR by filling this online form by 2 May 2021.

We encourage submissions from those who are underrepresented including but not limited to, disabled artists and people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

If applying by email, please ensure your submission is no more than two sides of A4 in DOC or PDF format and it includes all of the required information listed below:

  • Your first name and surname
  • Your contact details (phone number / email)
  • Where you studied and when you graduated
  • An overview of your creative practice. Please include any links or files to examples of your work
  • Your relationship with Worcester as a city or how this opportunity may enable you to develop one. (E.g., Do you live, learn or work in the county, or do you have any plans to do so in future?) (800 characters max., approx. 150 words)
  • Outline of project proposal according to the brief
  • An estimated production budget for your proposal (this doesn’t need to be final, but will help the team to get a better idea of what the project can cost)
  • How will you produce this work sustainably? (E.g., How will you ensure that the materials you use can be recycled or are responsibly sourced?)
  • How would this commission develop your own creative practice? (800 characters, approx. 150 words)
  • Social media tags / website details