GCT artist commission

Deadline: 25/11/2022  |  Published: 31/10/2022  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  HATCH CIC

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Are you an artist working with nature, community, or textiles? We are thrilled to announce an exciting new artist in residency opportunity, commissioning six artists to work on our Growing Colour Together project from January – June 2023. The commissioned artists will work in collaboration with our local community partners. We will be commissioning three local artists in Kirklees and three non-local artists. Deadline for applications is Friday 25 November at 12 noon.

Growing Colour Together is more than a project, it’s a MOVEMENT! Our ambition is to create a district-wide, natural dye colour garden, bringing people together to grow, forage, harvest, make and debate.

WOVEN Growing Colour Together Artist Brief


What is Growing Colour Together GCT?

Growing Colour Together is more than a project, it’s a MOVEMENT! And our ambition is to create a district-wide, natural dye colour garden! Working in partnership across the district we want to give everyone the opportunity to ‘have a grow,’ use what’s grown to make natural dyes, and learn about the environmental implications of chemical dyes and what we buy. Growing Colour Together is an evolving project and we want people to join in with the areas that interest you. WOVEN aims to bring people together to grow, forage, harvest, make and debate.

WOVEN and partners are excited by notions of active citizenship, citizen growers and makers and for Kirklees residents to take ownership of the programme. Artist Commission and Residency Opportunity The WOVEN in Kirklees Festival has been supported by funding from Arts Council England and Kirklees Council to support the development of work in three areas of Kirklees. Each area will work with two artists in collaboration to develop knowledge and understanding of art and nature, with a focus on natural dyes. We are however interested in artists who can use their practice to explore natural dyes in new ways.

Each artist collaboration will put the community central to the project and work with the community to develop new ideas that explore nature, textiles, climate change and wellbeing. Artist and community collaborations will be expected to develop towards a collective outcome. We will support discussion across all three areas ensuring shared ideas are developed. Outcomes should be installed / presented within the period of the WOVEN in kirklees festival (3th June - 10th July 2023) and must engage with the community during the process of the development of the work, in making a response to the work, and the presentation of the work. We are flexible as to the presentation of the outcome, this could be a temporary public art work, an event, a mini festival, a garden and garden party, a digital response or a physical outcome.


● The spirit of the commission will be one of collaboration, shared experience, wellbeing, community and togetherness.

● That artists and communities work together to explore textiles, nature and climate change in their own area.

● Non-local artists must connect with communities and networks to help bring attention to the wider Kirklees area.

● Small actions make big differences if we all work together Aims

● To develop develop a shared love of nature through the exploration of textiles (in its broadest sense)

● To enhance community knowledge of textiles and climate change

● To improve community wellbeing and support the connection of Kirklees community through shared garden, growing and making activity Deliverables Timescale January - June 2022:

● Work in collaboration with another local artist with the aim to share practice, ideas and networks. Support peer to peer development

● A minimum of X5 sessions of research and development time spent with community groups in an allocated area.

● A minimum of X5 sessions developing an outcome with the community and other artists within the project

● Work with a second local artist to develop a plan for delivery and to present this to the local community. This will also be used by WOVEN and community connections to scope for further local funding opportunities

● Expected to work with second artist and PM to identify the skills in the community to support the development and delivery of the project - eg, gardeners, allotments, craft groups, exhibition

● Expected to attend monthly meetings with the Growing Colour Together project manager and feedback on progress

● Artists can contribute to mentoring sessions, Growing Colour Together symposiums and other events for development.

● Support documentation and sharing of activity in discussion with the GCT project manager

● Support the evaluation process as advised by external evaluator Geographic areas - Each selected artist will be appointed to an area, there will be two artists appointed to each area. (Potential - to be discussed with the appointed artist)

● Dewsbury

● Kirkburton

● Birkby and Fartown


A fee of £5000+ VAT per artist, Production costs (all material, install, event costs, ethically and locally sourced hospitality) inclusive of the research and development budget available is £5000 per area. Travel Budget of up to £1000 per artist


All relevant WOVEN and Kirklees Council policies and procedures will apply to this commission and any related work. All work will be subject to relevant permissions prior to implementation. Artists must ensure that the installation and deinstallation of artworks does not cause any damage to the setting.


Hatch’ Health & Safety and Child Protection Policies will be applied to this commission.


On appointment the artist will be required to provide details of Public Liability and other relevant insurances as requested.


Copyright in the designs and work will be retained by the Artist in accordance with The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.


We present work with and for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.


Deadline for proposals: Friday 25 November 2022, 12 noon.

● Name, email, phone, web, social media accounts if applicable

● Home / work / studio address

● Brief summary of your practice and experience, including up to 2 relevant project examples.

● An outline of your proposed approach to this commission including -

○ how the work responds to the theme in this brief

○ How you will collaborate with the community

○ an overview of proposed materials and scale

○ indicative budget

○ how you would successfully meet the timescale

○ Please include two references that we can follow up, one must be focused on your work with communities.

Proposals will be appraised on:

● How well the proposal meets this brief.

● Quality of proposed practice, event or artwork.

● Ability to demonstrate relevant experience delivering temporary artworks, practice or events in the public realm to brief, time and budget.

● Consideration of how the work fits within a curated approach alongside other events and commissions in the festival programme.

● Artists will be selected and notified if successful by Friday 22nd December 2022.


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