ArtWaves Festival Environmental Project Open Call

Deadline: 21/02/2020  |  Published: 27/01/2020  |  City: Bridlington  |  Region: East Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  ArtWaves Festival

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We are looking for installation type pieces that are static or interactive for members of the public to explore or activities that can be staged over the festival weekend. These need to be inspired by environmental issues.

Introduction to the festival 

The festival is a visual arts event that combines a wide range of art forms for a variety of skill sets. The 2019 programme was a vibrant blend of workshops, masterclasses, installations, drop in activities, live art, demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and a trade fair. 

The event takes over Bridlington’s signature venue, Bridlington Spa and beyond for two days; filling to the brim with art. Alongside this runs the ArtWaves Fringe in the week run up to the main festival weekend. 

ArtWaves is now in its sixth year and growing bigger and stronger each year. In its initial year, the festival attracted around 700 visitors; this number expanding to around 1,700 in the 2016 event and reaching 5,000 in 2019. We anticipate this number will continue to rise as the reputation of the event grows and we maintain a high level of artistic programming.

Further information on the event can be found at:

Introduction to the Environmental Project

In 2019 we launched the Environmental Project to highlight current issues and raise awareness of negative practises impacting the environment. 

This is a strand of the event we are very passionate about and we know it is a cause close to the hearts of many East Riding residents.

The festival engages local organisations, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB within this strand to ensure we are developing an environmentally friendly event and providing a platform to combine art with such issues. 


The team behind ArtWaves have decided not to set a restricting theme, we want artists to have free rein over the ideas they submit to us. However, we are keen that the artworks meet a brief so that our audience demographic responds to them positively. 

Artworks should be attractive, perhaps on the edge of unusual but they don’t need to be complicated. Ideas could link to the East Riding, embracing the heritage of the area or explore art culture in a general sense. We are looking for an installation type piece that is static or interactive for members of the public to explore. Alternatively we would be extremely interested in an artistic activity to be staged over the festival weekend for our audience to try.

We want artists to add their own style, create something that showcases what they do as an artist and something that adds vibrancy and a twist to the existing offerings of the festival. 

This commission will attract an artistic fee of £500 for the selected applicant. Should the piece be an installation, this will remain the property of the artist, brought for display at the festival. 

Please Note: Your idea must be feasible, both in terms of budget and practicality.

How it works

Below is an outline of how the commission will run: 

  • Get inspired and create your ideas for an installation/piece/activity.
  • Complete the expression of interest application below and send it through.
  • Wait for a response post selection (February 2020)
  • The successful artist will then be invited for an induction and walk around the site, meeting key team members and where their installation/piece can be sited.
  • A pack will be provided with full event information/timescales etc.
  • The piece will be constructed by yourself with light assistance from the in house production prior to the event going live.
  • Live event
  • De-rigging of the piece

Elements to note 

  • Although we are encouraging artists to be as creative and unrestricted as they wish, your idea also needs to be able to appeal to the audience in a visual or interactive sense and we will request in the expression of interest that you elaborate on how the idea fits.
  • Please be realistic with your submission, in terms of feasibility of creating the piece. Make sure that you have thought about cost implications and the practicality of making your piece work logistically. The ArtWaves team are happy to talk through things and have a lot of experience in the area.
  • You must be aware that this is a festival for all, from families to elderly attendees and therefore although we encourage entries of a diverse nature we must be sensitive to this fact. Please ensure that your piece is suitable for all audiences.

Criteria for submission: 

  • Your work must be safely constructed for displaying to the public.
  • The event runs from 10.00 - 4.30pm on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2020. This is during daylight hours however, should you submit a light based installation we can look at creating a suitable space to house your piece.
  • Temporary artwork that will excite, inspire and entertain a diverse audience of all ages.
  • Your work must be operational for Friday 29th May and run on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May for the public.

It is essential that you think through how your piece will be realised. We will have a small team at the venue during the build however, we are limited on time and installation support. We will support you with any technical questions you may have but we are looking for ideas that are realistic in terms of how they will be presented. 

Our budget has to work very hard for the festival to remain sustainable and we can indicate that the Environmental Commission the 2020 event will receive £500. The festival will be able to absorb some installation costs such as power leads, blacking out spaces etc.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
How many works can I submit?
As many as you wish
When is the delivery date?
Install on Friday 29 May 2020
When do I need to collect my work?
Sunday 31 May 2020
How much does it cost?
Free to enter
Are there payments to artists?
£500 commission
Is there a private view / opening?
What are the exhibition opening hours?
10.00am - 4.30pm on the festival weekend however, this may run later on the Saturday and into the evening
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
General festival PR and promotion as part of our marketing plan, selection of imagery from our festival photographer
Do I need to be present?
For set up/derig but not for the live event
Where will my venue be listed?
Far and wide as part of the festival marketing
How do you decide on proposals?
a selection committee will select the artworks for this strand
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Please see the 'How the strand works' section in the description
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Installations/activities ideally but we are open to ideas and new concepts
What are the selection criteria?
See the description for the selection criteria

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