‘Change’ artist / organisation commissions

No More Nowt

As part of its Creative Champions programme East Durham Creates is launching a new open call for artists and organisations around the theme of 'Change', working in North and East Durham.

East Durham Creates is now No More Nowt: a change of name and branding which provides the theme of ‘Change’ for these commissions.

No More Nowt is about trying new things, building on what’s already happening, learning what works – and what doesn’t – and pulling together to bring about change in County Durham. It is focused on grassroots community-driven arts and culture, and the final decision-making in this process will lie with its Creative Champions who are the links to the communities in which the organisation works.

About Change
There are two commissions of up to £2,000 to award. One must work with people in the north of the county and the other in the east. The hope is that these commissions will be used to promote inclusive opportunities for people residing in some of the most left behind neighbourhoods in County Durham and enable and inspire them to become more involved in arts and culture. No More Nowt is looking for projects that will involve people from some of the ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods in the north and east. These wards are:

East: Blackhalls, Deneside (Seaham), Easington, Horden, Peterlee East, Peterlee West, Shotton & South Hetton, Trimdon & Thornley
North: Craghead & South Moor, Annfield Plain, Stanley
(Source: Durham Insight)

Applications will be considered by individuals and groups and must be arts and culture focused around the theme of ‘Change’.

Job Requirements
East Durham Creates is particularly interested in project ideas that will provide high quality arts and culture opportunities and high quality community engagement. It expects that all artists involved in the project be paid in line with artist union rates.

Shortlisting Criteria

  • Understanding of the community
  • Quality and ambition of the artistic approach
  • Quality of approach to engagement and your track record in this, particularly with audiences who do not typically engage with this kind of work
  • Proposal costed correctly and fully

The pitch presentation to the Creative Champions must be no more than 10 minutes and will be followed by 5 minutes of questions from the Champions.