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This Place We Call Home


‘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 shared, culminatory event within the breath-taking Durham Heritage Coast locality of Crimdon Dene during late summer 2018.

This first cycle of commissioning will target Families – audiences and participants (2018).


The Commission


East Durham Creates is one of 21 Creative People and Places projects nationally, funded by Arts Council England. It is currently managed by Beamish and East Durham Trust working in partnership and supported by Durham County Council via the East Durham Area Action Partnership and Culture and Sport Services.

www.eastdurhamcreates.co.uk and www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

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 in a stunning natural and built environment that has a powerful history
  • 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

We are open to ideas around art-form, though we imagine performative work will be a core element in what is developed.

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 April 2018 and August 2018 with a culminatory event in Crimdon Dene/Beach in August 2018. There will a process of evaluation and post-commission development in September 2018.




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.


Key dates

Final Applications Deadline – 2nd March 2018, 12pm

Shortlisted Applicants – East Durham Creates Visit – w/c 12th March 2018

Interviews and Presentations – w/c 19th March 2018


How to apply


Please read our full Artistic Commission brief for information on how to apply. Click here to download the full Artistic Commission brief.

For further enquiries please call 0191 518 5073 or email Ben Ayrton, Artistic Associate at ben@eastdurhamcreates.co.uk.