Grow Festival Artist Callout

Grow Festival is a new outdoor arts festival commissioned by Made in Corby and co-produced with The Core at Corby Cube. Made in Corby’s aim is to inspire more local residents to take the lead in experiencing, creating and participating in high quality arts and cultural activities.

Grow has been inspired by the elements that are necessary for growth – Water, Food and Light. Corby is one of the fastest growing towns in the UK. There will be three outdoor arts events over a three year period which will celebrate the flourishing town of Corby and all those who live here.

Grow Festival 2018 is inspired by the theme of water and will animate Corby’s town centre with performances, experiences and workshops over the weekend Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018.

The town centre will be filled with buskers, walkabout acts and shows for all the family. From boats on the water to the creatures that live under it, travel across a water filled world of adventure with storytelling, performances and an immersive world of sound. Grow will play with the landlocked nature of Corby as well as its largest body of water; the boating lake. Discover hidden surprises as you sail through the woods to a family area submerged by the boating lake – which will also host a spectacular early-evening event.

The project is steered by a panel of community members, facilitated by Made in Corby. The project is produced by The Core at Corby Cube with Ian Nolan Events, an outdoor arts specialist.


As a culmination of Saturday’s activities there will be short parade for members of the community, leading from James Ashworth VC Square, through a woodland walk within Corby Central Park to a Boating Lake where a final event will be held. We would like to commission an artist to create a large-scale installation to float on the Boating Lake as the finale to the parade (leaving around 6.30pm, but times TBC). Alongside the creation of this large, floating installation, we are looking for an artist to deliver drop-in workshops throughout the Saturday, creating objects which can be carried as part of the parade.

Artist Brief: Participatory Workshops and Installation

We are looking for an artist to deliver the two elements for this project:

1. To create a large-scale installation which will be paraded and then floated on the Boating Lake as the final spectacle. This might include community workshops in advance of the event weekend (with schools or pre-arranged groups, this would be undertaken by the project producers)

2. One day (10am to 6pm) of drop-in participatory workshops for families and young people to create a water themed item, to participate within the parade.

Artist Role – large item 
Design and make a large-scale water themed piece which can be floated on the lake without causing any harm or concern to the fish (i.e. no harmful chemicals used or items which might break off!).
To run workshops in advance of the event weekend with community groups in the making of this large-scale object.
Complete the make at the event on Saturday 21 July as a display for the public to watch.
Be present and facilitate the carrying and floating of the large-scale installation.
Provide all materials.

Artist Role – small item
Design an item for community groups to make during a ‘drop in’ session on Saturday 21 July.
Provide adequate staff for a workshop tent to facilitate 30 groups making at any one time (tent will be provided by the event producers).
Provide all materials.
It should be able to be created in no more than 30mins.

How to Apply

Please send responses, detailing previous experience and work with community groups along with images of works created. You should include initial design concepts (accurate, to scale drawings are not required at this stage). The items must respond to the theme of Water. All members working on the project must be willing to undertake a DBS and hold current, valid public liability insurance to a level of £2m.

Responses should be submitted to by Friday 23 February 2018.



Please include a breakdown of your fee which must include all materials and resources, staff for all activities listed above, travel and accommodation.

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