East Durham Creates and our Community Panel have received funding from DCMS to address a challenge facing all of us after a year living in a worldwide pandemic – social isolation and loneliness.

East Durham Creates has just commenced our third phase of delivery of our Creative People and Places project. EDC has a strong track record of cultural democracy and engaging local communities in all elements of delivery as well as engaging with the hardest to reach participants and audiences, particularly via our lead organisation local charity and VCS organisation East Durham Trust.

Our Community Panel is made up of local representatives who help to shape the art by and for their communities and includes councillors, teachers, community centre leaders, participants, artists, community activists and more.

Older adults have been some of the people most heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19 with those living in Care Homes particularly isolated and having extremely limited contact with anyone, particularly their families. It is likely that those living in care facilities will remain subject to heavy restrictions on social contact long beyond the general population.

We would like to invite an artist to create a project that engages with one or more local care home facilities and creates a way of residents connecting with people externally – this could be their own families or another identified audience. We are particularly interested in the potential to involve spouses and relatives whose inability to visit their loved ones has often caused them to become isolated. The project will need to be mindful of ongoing restrictions and there may be a need for the artist to work socially distanced. East Durham Creates can support the artists to establish contact with local care home facilities.

There is no restriction on artform however the Panel have suggested that something word based (spoken word, songwriting, poetry etc) could work, particularly considering the potential of ongoing restrictions.
Ideally, the Panel would also like to include and recognise the staff and careworkers who have taken on many of the familial duties for residents during the pandemic as part of the project.

The total fee for the work inclusive of all costs is £3,000.

This project has a tight timeline for delivery and most of the activity needs to be completed by 31st May 2021 due to funding requirements.

Project proposals should be no more than one side of A4 including a breakdown of costs and submitted to East Durham Creates by 26th March 2021. You can include examples of previous work in addition to the written proposal. Proposals and any queries should be submitted to Jess Hunt at jess.hunt@eastdurhamcreates.co.uk

Additional Information
East Durham Creates is all about involving local people in creative experiences made with, for and about East Durham and those who live there. It is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. It is managed by East Durham Trust working in partnership and supported by Beamish, Durham County Council via East Durham Area Action Partnership and Culture, Sport and Tourism Services www.eastdurhamcreates.co.uk

Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 30 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts www.creativepeopleplaces.org.uk

East Durham Trust is a Registered Charity with an expressed purpose to promote the regeneration of rural and urban areas of the effects of social and economic decline. The Trust is the flagship Voluntary and Community Sector organisation for the area and as well as providing the traditional support to local Community groups and is host to the area’s Nationally Accredited Volunteer Centre www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

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