Street Art Commission

Deadline: 08/07/2020  |  Published: 25/06/2020  |  Venue: Winsford Underpass (53°11'33.6"N 2°31'46.2"W)  |  City: Winsford  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Cathryn Peach-Barnes

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FESTIVAL OF HOPE - COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY: A large piece of street art for Winsford Town Centre. We are looking to commission an experienced street artist to create a piece of street artwork for a subway in Winsford Town Centre.


We are Winsford Young Producers. We are a group of young people working on a “Festival of Hope” for Winsford which will reflect on our heritage, as well as creating a message of hope.

We would like to work collaboratively with the artist so that the commission accurately reflects our community. We will support through the gathering of materials from our community via social media.


We would like to commission an artist to work with us to create a new street artwork in the town centre. The design of the piece will be created collaboratively with us, the commissioners, Winsford Young Producers, in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

We want the piece to have a long-lasting legacy in Winsford and we want it to represent Winsford’s past, present and future and create a feeling of hope.

We believe that this time of lockdown has created a sense of unity in our community and we want to mark this.

We are gathering materials from the community to represent their stories of lockdown, and of the community. A pop-up gallery and a video project will gather artworks, and video clips from the public, whilst we have written a “Poem of Hope” to represent the voices of young people. We would like these materials be used to inform the design of the artwork.

The artwork will cover the subway in Winsford which connects the town with the town centre. We wish to take a place that has previously been vandalised and create a space people can be proud of, creating a message of hope for Winsford and bringing people together positively.


We wish to unveil the artwork on the weekend of the 31st of August & 1st of September with a celebration (dependent on government advice at the time).


- Experience of working with young people 

- Experience of working collaboratively to co-design and co-create projects

- Able to work over video calls

- Experience of design, development and delivery of artworks in the public realm

- Able to install in a safe, socially distanced manner (guidance will be provided)

- Able to travel to Winsford, Cheshire

- Current DBS check

The chosen artist must be willing to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check.  Due to the short time frame, having an up to date DBS check in place would be preferable.


The artist will report to Winsford Young Producers, who will approve all designs. The group are supported by a Project Producer, who will support the artist as necessary. 

Please apply using the submission form. If you have any questions, or wish to submit in an alternative format such as film or audio, please contact us using the Contact Curator tab.


Midday, 9th July 2020.

We would like the piece to be delivered by the 31st of August, where it will be revealed to the Winsford community. The first round of shortlisting will be open for two weeks.


The budget for this project is: £5000 - £6000 (including expenses & dependent on experience).

The artist’s fee covers all work relating to the project, the artist will work on a self-employed basis.


The commission will be selected through open competition.

Artist applications will be shortlisted by Winsford Young Producers, who will then be in touch to ask any further questions, if necessary, before selecting a final artist.


The Festival of Hope is a pioneering festival that places young people at the heart of design, making, programming and production.  The Festival of Hope is part of Hope Streets, a five-year project creating a strategic partnership between heritage and youth sectors in the North West, led by Curious Minds and supported with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Winsford Young Producers are supported by West Cheshire Museums, a group of museums operated by Cheshire West and Chester Council. The group includes Grosvenor Museum (Chester), Lion Salt Works (Northwich), Weaver Hall Museum (Northwich) and Stretton Water Mill (Malpas). West Cheshire Museums are committed to showing that young people are truly agents of change; by supporting the amazing things that happen when young people have the power to make decisions.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Anyone and everyone, though it is very important that you travel independently to the site of the installation.
When is the deadline?
Midday 9th July, though we reserve the right to close the opportunity early. So apply quickly.
How many works can I submit?
As many as you like.
When is the delivery date?
July and August, with most work taking place in August.
Are there payments to artists?
Yes, the project budget is £5-6K dependent on experience
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Marketing plans include press releases, radio and newspaper features as well as social media.
Do I need to be present?
How do you decide on proposals?
The Young Producers will shortlist and select the artist they feel has the most appropriate experience and style.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact you to progress conversations with the Young Producers

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