Artist Opportunities

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Folk Music Masterclass

at Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Are you an emerging folk musician aged 18+ based in Yorkshire?

Would you like the opportunity to learn from one of the foremost folk musicians in the UK?

Cleckheaton Folk Festival in partnership with Creative Scene is offering a free series of workshops with Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast) on the 5th & 6th July at Cleckheaton Folk Festival.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from folk musicians based in North Kirklees.

Applicants for the Masterclass must commit to all sessions.

All participants receive a free weekend ticket for Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2019.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England Project Grants, this artist development opporunity is offered free of charge to Yorkshire based emerging folk musicians.

To apply please send an email providing information about your folk music development to date and how you hope this masterclass will help you to progress your career.

Please email Bev Adams, Associate Producer: Festivals and Events at Creative Scene by Friday 31 May 2019.

Batley Festival Commission Call Out: The Top Table

THE TOP TABLE – A Creative Feast for Batley Outdoor Arts Festival, West Yorkshire.
This is a new and significant opportunity for an artist, collective of artists or arts organisation to create something truly special for this year’s Batley Outdoor Arts Festival, a day-long festival that brings people of all ages together in the historic heart of this market town.

Fee: £18,000
Apply by: 24 June 2019 at 12noon
Interviews: 4 July 2019 (also 5 July if necessary)
Contracting, Research & Development: Mid July to Mid August
Engagement & Participation: 12 August 2019
Production week: w/c 23 September
Event: Saturday 28 September 2019


Subject to confirmation of funding from applications already submitted, Creative Scene and Batley Festival want to commission an arts organisation, or collective of artists to create a unique centre-piece for this year’s Outdoor Arts Festival which takes place throughout one day, and attracts audiences of 3,000+. Previous Festivals have brought evening spectacles, including Walk the Plank’s Spellbound to the market place, and a new film and aerial commission telling the story of the town from Periplum. This year, we want to commission something unique that will be in-situ throughout the day, a high-profile interactive installation/live art event, creating the focal point for the Festival.

Top Table will be an artist created and curated feast, offering ‘diners’ the chance to partake in a shared experience, including mouthwatering portions of food, music, and entertainment. It will be set up to run throughout the day and provide an opportunity for people to come together with their neighbours and families, make new friends and have unique and unforgettable experiences, as they are involved in a whole host of creative and cultural activities around the table.

For more information including instructions on expressing interest, please click here, where you will be able to download the commission pack.

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