This Place We Call Home – Artistic Commission 2018/19


CLICK HERE to download the full Artistic Commission brief


‘This Place We Call Home’ is a three-cycle commissioning process 2018-2020 that will further establish East Durham’s reputation as a place that creates relevant, exciting and inspiring art.

Our approach will put collaborative working at its heart – bringing field-leading artists in to work with groups of people facing deprivation, isolation and unemployment. The artists we work with will share our passion for experimenting, fully understand what high-quality looks and feels like, take risks, be ambitious and open to having an enabling role: building our creative capacity with the aim of increasing long-term engagement.

Quality of participation and engagement processes, artistic product and audience experience is paramount to success and the building of creative, more deeply embedded legacies.

East Durham Creates is seeking to commission a major arts project for communities and audiences in East Durham. The commission will develop work that will be grown across East Durham with a singles or series of shared, culminatory events in April 2018.

This second cycle of commissioning will target People aged 55+ – audiences and participants (2018-2019).


The Commission

East Durham Creates is one of twenty-one Creative People and Places projects across England and is managed by East Durham Trust, a pioneering poverty charity located in Peterlee. Find out more about our partners here.

Through this commission, we seek to develop:

  • High quality, ambitious art projects with very strong artistic integrity
  • Projects with a strong connection to our communities: responding to stories, diverse and often challenging social contexts, places, people, hopes and ambitions
  • An opportunity for local people to help create, take part in and ultimately see work that they have not previously had the opportunity to see
  • Innovative approaches to building relationships and engaging with communities – especially communities with low levels of cultural engagement. This should result in an increase in the amount of people participating in and making arts and culture in East Durham
  • New opportunities for community members to get involved, participate and learn through doing quality artistic work that creates a high level of local excitement and pride, as well as attracting attention from beyond the area
  • Reach 8,000 people – directly, indirectly and through digital – audiences and participants

We are open to diverse ideas around art-form and how people take part in and view creative processes and outcomes. What is critical, is that the project brings people together in dynamic, joyful and innovative ways.

The work could be led by a single artist supported by a team, a collective, an organisation or a partnership. National Portfolio Organisations are welcome to apply.

The work should be developed between August 2018 and April 2019. There will a process of evaluation and post-commission development in April/May 2019.



There is a maximum budget of £50,000 available to the successful proposal. This figure is inclusive of VAT. This will need to cover all artistic and technical costs, engagement and participation costs, travel expenses, transportation of materials, PLI and DBS and any copyright permission required.



How to apply

For a full commission brief, please click here to download the full Artistic Commission brief. For more information, please call 0191 518 5073, or email Ben Ayrton, Artistic Associate at


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