To showcase some of the exceptional creativity in Cumbria, Artful Ways is offering five paid commissions, with applications open to anyone living in Cumbria.

While Artful Ways invites everyone who takes part to share a piece of creative work that may be selected for the touring exhibition, the paid commissions provide an opportunity to spend additional time planning, reflecting and crafting a more substantial piece. Your work will receive a designated space in the touring exhibition, you will be invited to present at a special event at Tullie House in September, and take part in a podcast.  

The commissions will represent the county’s rich diversity of practice, voice, culture and landscape. We want the audience to experience an inspiring collection of contemporary responses to place that celebrates Cumbria’s creative community, and reveals the potential for moving Cumbria’s creative and cultural heritage forwards.

The call is open to anyone living in Cumbria, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or identity, education, dis/ability or nationality. You  may consider yourself a professional or an emerging artist, or you may not use the term ‘artist’. We welcome applications from anyone who is inspired to let their creativity fly. Proposed work may be in any medium, including but not limited to: photography, visual art in any media, illustration, print, poetry, film, audio, performance, craft, sculpture, dance, spoken word.

All applications will be assessed by a selection panel. If you apply but you are unsuccessful we do hope that you will carry out your idea and contribute a piece to be shown in the website gallery, and to be considered by a selection panel for inclusion in the ‘open’ section of the exhibition.

My Artful Way: 4 commissions

Artful Cumbria: 1 commission

‘My Artful Way’: Four Commissions with an award of £750

Deadline for application: 5pm, June 15, 2021

Recipients of the four commissions will be responding to their experience of making their own ‘artful way’. They will be required to:

  • Make and track their own ‘artful way’ between June 25 and July 25.
  • Produce a creative response in any medium. They will need to provide details of display requirements to the exhibition curators by August 26th 2021. The final work must be completed and ready for exhibition by September 10th, 2021.
  • Share their story about taking part through the Artful Ways blog, at a date to be discussed with the project managers.

The selected applicants will be invited to take part in a special event at Tullie House in September, 2021. If restrictions on social gathering are in place, this event will be carried out online.

We were overwhelmed and delighted by the quality and scope of applications received for these commissions – what a wonderful showcase for Cumbria’s creatives. The four outstanding submissions that were selected will be announced on June 25th.

One ‘Artful Cumbria’ Commission with an award of £1500

Call Out: June 24, 2021

Deadline for application: 12 noon, July 18, 2021

Artful Ways will be offering one commission for an artist to respond to the collective input to the project, considering the ‘artful ways’ that have been added to the map and the stories and images that have been shared by participants. How would you like to interpret this?

The commissioned work will be given prime position in the Artful Ways exhibition. We would like it to become the project’s ‘signature piece’. As a response to the project, and the many interpretations and representations of creativity, connection and place, we expect this piece to offer an imaginative representation of the diversity of creativity across the county, and to help to raise the profile of arts and creativity within Cumbria.

If you have applied for a ‘My Artful Way’ commission and have not been successful you are welcome to apply for the ‘Artful Cumbria’ commission. Your application for the ‘Artful Cumbria’ commission will be considered irrespective of any previous application.

An outline of the commission will be available to download on June 24, 2021.

If you choose to apply for a commission, please consider completing the Diversity Monitoring Form to submit with your application. This is not compulsory, but will help us monitor equality and diversity. Your form will be filed anonymously, and any information contained here will not be taken into account in assessing your submission. Thank you.