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Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring Artist Commission Brief

Closing date: 25th January 2021

Artists and makers are invited to apply for a commission for a making project within a  special newspaper for Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts. Each  commission would be for the creation of bespoke ‘how to ..’ making project which  would be featured in the newspaper and distributed through libraries and rural  venues.


Spot On Lancashire is a strategic, grassroots arts service who support volunteers in isolated  communities and in urban library settings to put on great shows in local venues. To celebrate  their 25th anniversary in November 2020 during lockdown they decided to create a ‘Spot On at Home’ newspaper with a range of enjoyable articles including makers projects which  people could do at home. This was positively received by Lancashire audiences. They now  wish to create a newspaper for Spring 2021 working with their partner organisation Cheshire  Rural Touring Arts. Together Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts work with  promoters of community venues across Lancashire and Cheshire to bring professional  theatre, dance, music and children’s shows for everyone to enjoy.

Just as in November, the newspaper with be beautifully designed and feature making  projects, interviews with authors and other creatives and share the shows on offer for the  Spring.

Creative opportunity

Working with craft curator Hopeful and Glorious, we are offering artists the opportunity to  apply for one of six commissions to create a special ‘how to’ guide for a make at home  project using materials which people might have in the home or easily accessible. We are  particularly keen to have applications from makers based in Lancashire or Cheshire however  any professional maker can apply.

We are open to what those projects could be. It could be a new take on knitted tea cosy for  the Village Hall; cushions for the plastic bucket seats used for touring shows in the library;  bespoke bunting to welcome audiences; book sleeves or stands or even craft made models  of previous rural touring performers… We’d love projects to link with our rural and library  touring. These are just our ideas but we’re open to hear about what creative projects you’d  like to propose.

You can download a copy of the Autumn 2020 Spot On At Home newspaper where you can  find examples of the previous making projects at

We are anticipating commissioning 6 artists/makers to take part in the newspaper. There will  also be an opportunity for a short feature to introduce and promote you and your creative  work. There are 2 levels of commission that makers can apply for.

We are offering:

  • 5 commissions for makers to create their creative ‘how to’ guide in a recipe-type  format showing what materials would be needed, the steps involved and what the  finished product will look like. This should be a simple project that can be completed  with equipment and materials easily accessible. The fee for each commissioned  maker is £250.
  • 1 commission for a maker to create their ‘how to’ guide with a stretch offer to provide  80 kits for people to make at home. The fee for this commissioned maker is £600. The kits should be of a size that can fit through a letterbox (fit with Royal Mail large  letter size and weigh no more than 750g). Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural  Touring would distribute the kits.

How to apply

Email with a short summary telling us about you and your  practice, what your make would be, how you would approach it and which of the  commissions you would like to apply for. Please include a photo of your work. We would  expect this to be no more than 500 words. The project is conditional on the successful  outcome of a grant.


  • Deadline for submissions: 25th January 2021 
  • Successful artists informed by 1st February 2021 
  • Submission of ‘how to’ guides : 22nd February 2021 
  • Publication of newspaper : March 2021

Project partners and supporters

Spot On Lancashire is a strategic, grassroots arts service supporting communities to access  and promote professional theatre, dance, music and children’s shows in their local venues  for everyone to enjoy.

Cheshire Rural Touring Arts are an arts service hosted by and covering the areas of  Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council. We support local volunteers  and arts partners to host live professional high-quality arts events in their communities.

Hopeful and Glorious work with talented makers, designers and artists supporting makers  to develop their professional practice and provide events which showcase high quality  handmade from the region.

Arts Council England supports the Cheshire ad Lancashire Rural Touring Partnership which is  one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations is providing funding support  to enable this project to happen.