Open Call: Artwalk Wakefield Artist Commissions 2020

Deadline: 08/03/2020  |  Published: 06/02/2020  |  City: Wakefield  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Artwalk Wakefield

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Artwalk Wakefield is commissioning a number of artist interventions. The projects will take place on Artwalk events throughout 2020 with an aim to excite and invigorate the Artwalk programme.

A bi-monthly event, Artwalk features exhibitions, live music, performances, poetry, and much more across a variety of venues in Wakefield city centre including galleries, offices, cafes and bars.

Your proposal can reference a specific venue or be an outdoor activity. It can last for a few hours or could be installed for 2 months. We are open to all proposals. We are also interested in works and projects which respond to the local context of Wakefield, and are particularly keen to support artists and groups working in and/or exploring the idea of ‘Walking in Wakefield’ to contribute to our new walking tours.

We welcome applications from early to mid-career artists including recent graduates, makers and creatives working in any medium. All welcome and encouraged to apply.

The projects will take place during Artwalk events on 27th May, 24th July, 30th September and 25th November 2020.

The commission opportunities:

  • Large commission – Combined Artist fee and a materials budget of £1000
  • Micro commissions – Combined Artist fee and a materials budget of £250

Applicants may be awarded either large or small commissions, we encourage applicants to submit one application for both of the above opportunities with a ‘scale up/ down’ option. Or if you would like to only apply for either the small or larger opportunity please give a reason as to why in your application.

We would like the commissions to consider:

  • Celebrating Wakefield’s history and culture
  • Engaging with a diverse range of voices
  • Building Wakefield resident's civid pride
  • Engaging with the Wakefield public, exciting those who do not usually engage in arts and culture

(Your proposal does not need to cover all of these areas).

If your proposal is successful you will receive support with producing and developing the project, installing and de-installing your work and professional photography of you work at the launch event. 

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • A written proposal for your project and the thinking behind it (400 words max)
  • A breakdown of how you would spend the budget
  • How you hope this opportunity will help you to develop your practice
  • Any access requirements or specialist support you need
  • Any other barriers you may face e.g. access to space, access to tools and equipment etc.
  • Which Artwalk event you would prefer to participate in: May 27th, July 24th, September 30th, or November 25th 2020
  • Images of relevant previous work
  • Links to your website/ relevant social media accounts

Applicants must be over 18 or have a designated over 18 to facilitate the project with.

We are happy to accept applications in other formats to meet differing access needs. If you have any questions or comments on the application process or how your access requirements can be met, please feel free to contact or call us on 01924 312000.


Deadline: Midnight GMT, Sunday 8th March

Selected artists notified: Week commencing 23rd March

Artwalk events: May 27th, July 24th, September 30th and November 25th 2020.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
There are no specific eligibility criteria for this opportunity. However we are particularly interested in working with early - mid career artists, including recent graduates or students.
When is the deadline?
Midnight, Sunday 8th March 2020
How many works can I submit?
Please provide one project idea per application, with an option to scale up or down depending on size of the commission. If you have multiple project ideas, please feel free to submit more than one application.
When is the delivery date?
The Artwalk events are May 27th, July 24th, September 30th and November 25th 2020. Please state in your application which event you would prefer to take part in, with a secondary option if possible.
Are there payments to artists?
There are two types of commission available:
1 large commission per Artwalk with a combined artist fee and materials budget of £1000
2 micro commissions per Artwalk with a combined artist fee and materials budget of £250
Does the location have disabled access?
Artwalk venues have differing levels of accessibility. If you have any access needs or would specifically only like work to feature in an accessible space please include that in your application.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Your project will be featured on the Artwalk website, in our printed map and programme and will be included in any press and promotion of the event.
Do I need to be present?
We encourage artists to be present at Artwalk events.
How do you decide on proposals?
An initial selection will be made by Artwalk producers, Lucy Norton and Amy Lilley. This selection will then be discussed with Artwalk core partners and final decisions will be made by the week commencing 23rd March 2020
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will receive an email from us the week commencing 23rd March 2020
Which venues are available to exhibit in?
Artwalk venues vary from event to event but we have a core group including Wakefield Cathedral, The Hepworth Wakefield, The Art House, The Ridings Shopping Centre, Theatre Royal Wakefield and more. A list of previous venues can be found here: Also note that there will be support from Artwalk producers to access different venues.

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