Culture Cures Artist Commission

Deadline: 02/01/2017  |  Published: 30/11/2016  |  City: Wakefield and district  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Beam

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This opportunity is a Beam project funded by the Culture Cures Creative Partners grant programme delivered by Beam in association with Wakefield Council and selected creative partners. This artist commission is to develop and deliver a series of creative interventions in the Wakefield district to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing that appeals (but is not exclusive to) 17-25 year olds

The aim of the project is to create a dialogue or starting point for residents of Wakefield district to engage with and discuss key themes around mental health to reduce stigma, stimulate discussion and raise awareness of support available


Role Description

The Artist will curate and deliver a series of 4 ‘pop-up’ interventions in the Wakefield district markets and shopping areas to engage with the target groups within high footfall areas. Working with Beam and appropriate partners, the artist will need to work independently at a variety of locations across the district. Support will be given to secure space at the chosen locations.


The Artist can work in a variety of disciplines with the emphasis on a creative approach with the most impact, visibility and depth of engagement with the target group. The Artist will need to produce a legacy item for example: publication, film or photography to capture the story of the inventions at each location.


The artist may choose to work with or disseminate information through a number of contacts at Wakefield Council active lifestyles team, the Mental Health Museum, youth services, markets and events teams as appropriate.


Project Deliverables

  • Devise and deliver a series of pop-up events in Wakefield district in February 2017
  • Devise a suitable theme and pop-up activity that highlights mental health and wellbeing
  • Work with suitable partner organisations in Wakefield to support creative audience development with target groups
  • Document activity where possible (film, video, photography etc. for marketing/evaluation purposes)
  • Create an artistic/legacy of the project, e.g. film, photography, publication, touring display, other
  • Input to the any marketing activity for the events
  • Engagement with and support for social media as appropriate
  • Liaison with key partners as appropriate

Outline Process

Commission deadline: 9am, 2 Jan ‘17

Shortlist and final selection: 6 Jan ‘17

Initial meeting, final proposal and timeline agreed: w/c 9 Jan ‘17

Artist delivery: 16 Jan-3 Mar ‘17

Marketing support and activity: 16 Jan-3 Mar ‘17

Artist product/legacy element produced and shared: w/c 6 Mar ‘17



A fee of £3,600 + VAT if applicable inclusive of all expenses

The fee assumes a minimum of 15 days work over the period, and should include materials and costs associated with the legacy element of the brief. Please note that a DBS check will be undertaken for the successful applicant.


About Beam

Beam work with Artists and communities to enhance places through the development of bespoke creative arts projects. Beam is the trading name of Public Arts – an arts organisation and charity founded in 1986, based in Wakefield and working across the Yorkshire region and beyond.

We are experienced creative project developers and managers who relish enabling arts and cultural experiences, facilitating creative connections and delivering the arts with communities

We achieve this through learning and education, the promotion of good design, and the imaginative use of the arts in the public realm.



About Culture Cures


Wakefield Council is committed to supporting cultural excellence and innovation and believes that strong cultural provision makes a real difference to the wellbeing, health, happiness and life chances of people, places and communities.



The Culture Cures programme is in place to encourage innovative approaches that promote positive lifestyle choices and the management of existing health conditions, in partnership with a range of health and wellbeing organisations (e.g. Public Health, local NHS trusts, support groups linked to specific diseases and health conditions).




Contact the curator
When is the deadline?
Monday 2 Janaury 2017, 9am.
When is the delivery date?
February-March 2017
Are there payments to artists?
Yes, there is a fee of £3,200 inclusive of all materials
Is there a private view / opening?
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The brief outlines a series of interventions or pop-up activity in public spaces so there will be event/activity times that will will be publicised once we have agreed locations and dates.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes - there will be various locations and all will have disabled access.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
There will be marketing support as part of the project.
Do I need to be present?
The brief requires a number of intervention in public (non-art) spaces so yes, you would need to be present.
How do you decide on proposals?
We will score all proposals on key criteria, shortlist and then make a final decision.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will be in touch about setting up an initial meeting as per our project schedule.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are looking for proposals from artists working in a variety of disciplines that are interested in raising awareness around mental health in new and interesting ways, and have an interest in presenting work in public spaces, to create interventions that particularly engage directly with young people.
What is the selection criteria?
The proposals will be selected on the merit of the following:
Overall suitability of previous work in relation to the brief; quality of the initial response to the brief; demonstrable experience of engagement and collaboration; and artistic and technical quality of previous work.

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