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.
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 spotonlancashire.co.uk.
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:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.