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Artist, Horticultural Commission: Granby Winter Garden (deadline: 03 May 17)

Artist, Horticultural Commission: Granby Winter Garden, Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust

Granby Winter Garden will be a new community-owned space in the heart of Liverpool 8.  Two Victorian terraced houses will be transformed into a beautiful indoor garden and a unique resource for creative community action, cultural production and exchange.

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust, in partnership with Bluecoat, wish to commission an artist, maker or collective to develop a horticultural work or series of works for Granby Winter Garden, in collaboration with the design team, Assemble, and local people.  As well as devising a planting scheme, there is scope for the commissioned artist to propose interventions into the Winter Garden space,  and within the local neighbourhood, or to propose events, performances or workshops that accompany the making of the garden.

Applications from artists who actively engage with communities or publics within their practice, or who can demonstrate an interest in planting or growing within their work are particularly welcomed. Artists working in any discipline, or across disciplines, and at any stage in their career are invited to apply.

The project will take place between May and October 2017 to include research and development, delivery and evaluation.

An Artist’s Fee of £4500 and a production budget of £4000 is offered. Flexible studio and production facilities are available.

Please download the Artists’ Brief and further information

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 12 noon.

Interviews: Tuesday 16th May 2017

Site visits and guided neighbourhood tours are offered: Thursday 20th & Saturday 29th April.

If you have any questions or queries concerning the project or the brief, please contact Maria Brewster on

This commission is the first in a new programme of artists’ projects, commissions and residencies for Granby Winter Garden and is supported through public funding from Arts Council England.


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Artist for Crewe Town Centre, Cheshire East Council (deadline: 26 Feb 2017)

Crewe Town Council and Cheshire East Council invite proposals for public art in Crewe town centre. We are seeking artists to provide creative solutions to cover the windows in some empty shop units.

The art should involve the local community during the design or making process, and be inspired by Crewe’s heritage and future. We particularly welcome ideas marking the 180th anniversary of the first train coming to Crewe. The public engagement element might be targeted at schools, community organisations or the general public.

The art must be easily removable in case the unit is commercially let. The media might include vinyls, chalk paint, posca pens or another creative solution which will brighten the town centre. The overall project comprises 2 empty shop units and a large banner. Artists can send proposals for all or any individual element.

We are interested in hearing from artists who have:

– Experience of producing public art

– Knowledge of the Crewe’s heritage

– Experience of using public engagement / participation to produce art

Budget for the commission is a maximum of £4,500 to include all fees, design, production, public engagement and installation. The selected artist(s) will need to commence work swiftly, with the project completed before Easter. The selected artist(s) should have their own public liability insurance and provide evidence of a DBS check.

Please send a short summary of your proposed artwork identifying how you will meet the objectives, including an outline of how you will involve the public, no more than 4 drawings or images to support your proposal, a CV and short biography, and a detailed budget breakdown. Deadline for proposals is Sunday 26thFebruary. Artists are invited to discuss their proposal with the selection panel w/c 6thMarch. Please send submissions to both Amy Lewis and Hannah Marr, details below.

For more information please contact:

Amy Lewis, Cultural Economy Development Manager, Cheshire East Council

on 01270 686090 or email

Hannah Marr, Community Engagement Officer, Crewe Town Council

on 01270 75697or email




Cooperative Bank Donation Fund opens for applications

Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund. Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

  • Theatre Company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.
  • Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.


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Source: ADUK

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Call for Work 2017 RawFfest

Deadline: 6pm Monday 13th Feb RawFfest is the new youth arts festival for Wales that is fun, innovative and surprising. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people. We showcase the best of youth arts today: performances, exhibitions, workshops, events. We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull.

If you or your group would like to propose work (including workshops) to bring to RawFfest, please complete this form by 6pm Monday 13th Feb 2017:


Investment in Culture in Bolton

There’s a lot happening in Bolton with developments across the borough bringing in over £1billion in investment from the private and public sector and with it a new confidence is spreading into the cultural life of the town. For information on all development visit the Evolve website

The Market place £20million refurbishment by owners Moorgarth includes the new Light Cinema showing blockbusters, independent and international films as well as the newest and latest on screen content of opera, sport and music. There are opportunities for local performers to take to the purpose built stage in the main shopping area; for information contact the centre manager Nikki Wilson Cook

The Albert Halls has undergone a £6.5m transformation to create a premium multi-purpose venue comprising a number of themed meeting rooms and conference facilities including a 670 seat theatre. The sympathetic refurbishment has conserved the heritage of the building and hidden treasures have been uncovered and restored such as the old Victorian Minton tiled floors.


Bolton Museum is expected to draw in crowds from around the world, with its £3.8 million refurbishment which includes one-off capital funding, income from the museum’s touring exhibition, plus a contribution from sponsor Eddie Davies. The Grade II listed building will benefit from a new gallery Eternal Egypt; featuring a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and highlighting Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.


Bow St car park will be transformed into The Link by well-known Bolton business owners Geeta and Subhash Kotecha who run the Spice Valley Indian restaurants and property developer Farhad Azimy. After success transforming the former Riley’s snooker hall on Blackburn Road into an exciting new business space, incorporating Global Interiors furniture store, the Dolce Italian restaurant and World of Brass they are now looking for artisan and independent businesses to get on board. For more information contact Subhash Kotecha on 07879 643664 or call Farhad Azimy on 07801 504477


The Link, Bolton

The Link, Bolton

The Octagon Theatre refurbishment with an anticipated project cost of approximately £10m funded partly through Arts Council England’s Large Capital Grants Scheme, National Lottery Good Causes and £2m pledged from Bolton Council. The Octagon building will close for ten months in mid-2018 and re-open in spring 2019. During this time, the Theatre will take the opportunity to engage with new and existing audiences by operating in different spaces around Bolton. Look out for the REVEAL Festival beginning February 28th this year encouraging new work by local writers performers and creatives: