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Rossendale Project (Rossendale Museum)

Rossendale Museum and Art Gallery/ Phase 1 Artist Brief

 Creativity Works background:

Creativity Works is a consortium consisting of Pennine Lancashire Arts Officers, Arts Council North West, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire, Elevate and Curious Minds. The partnership provides the infrastructure for joint working, shared approaches, economies of scale working across the sub region and alignment to the Multi Area Agreement as well as districts Local Area Agreement’s.

 Creativity Works was initially set up in 2000, supporting Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. In 2008 it extended its remit to work strategically on four priority areas: Health, Business, Regeneration and People, to raise the profile of and participation in, quality arts practice in the region.

 The engagement programme of work that this project belongs to, began in September 2009. The aim of this work is to increase engagement in the arts through working with local heritage venues.  This project forms part of the initial programme of activity that will happen with each partner venue.

 Project background:

 Rossendale Museum is a local museum that has a diverse collection of objects, with a particular interest in objects that have a relationship to Rossendale. The museum has a range of permanent exhibitions and a gallery space that hosts a programme of ongoing exhibitions by artists and makers. As well as the objects on display, the museum has a fascinating collection of objects in storage ranging from Victorian clothing, patchworks and wallpaper to stuffed animal and shells. We are looking to use these ‘hidden collections’ to increase engagement in the arts and with this venue.

 Alongside this project, Creativity Works are working throughout East Lancashire to utilise empty shop spaces in town centres. This commission is part of a larger scheme of work that brings together empty shop spaces and local heritage venues as a way of increase community engagement with arts and heritage. There will be an opportunity in each of the six Pennine Lancashire local authorities to work in partnership with a local heritage venue to increase engagement in the visual arts through the use of an empty shop. The commission is to work in Rossendale.

 Aims:

  • To increase engagement with the arts in Rossendale
  • To explore the hidden collections of Rossendale Museum and use them to excite the communities of Rossendale.
  • To raise the profile of Rossendale Museum in Rawtenstall town centre
  • To encourage discussion and dialogue through activity to explore how people engage with the arts and their barriers in visiting heritage venues.
  • To create new work in any form, which will, in itself, further engage the communities in the arts.
  • To work with existing voluntary and community groups in the area.

 Project brief:

 We would like to recruit an artist to work with the staff and collections of Rossendale Museum. Rossendale Museum has a number of permanent exhibitions of which it is known for in the area. We would like to use the unseen collections that are stored in the museums attic as inspirations for a project that will challenge and excite the communities of Rossendale. Highlights of these collections include Victorian clothing, samplers, patchwork quilts, stuffed animals, shells, wallpaper and local history. Inspiration can also be drawn from the building the museum is housed in which was built in the 1840 as a family home and turned into a museum in 1902. Original wallpaper from the time it was a family home still covers the walls in some rooms. To fully explore the potential of the museum we plan to give the artist one week to spend in the museum and with its staff to fully develop their idea. The project will then be based at the empty shop. We would like to see a project that makes the museum relevant to the interest of communities today and shows a different side to the museum. There is potential to take objects out to the empty shop space, but this will be dependant on conversations with the museum.

Projects should have engagement and developing shared work at the core of them. Dependant on what the resulting work is there are a number of options for exhibiting outcomes. Work should link the audiences that have engaged with the project in the town centre with the museum and encourage these audiences to visit.

Proposals can be made to work in any art form. We are looking for projects that are innovative and artists who have had experience working on such projects with a real interest in developing work with communities.

 We would like to see a project that:

  • Uses innovative approaches to engage the community and local voluntary groups with the production of new work as well as interaction with the collection
  • Uses the Rossendale open studio event in June to engage artist groups in the area
  • Encourages discussion and conversation
  • Links the museum with the town centre
  • Can use any art form, or a combination of art forms, from craft to new media
  • Results in new work created in collaboration with the community

 Project Structure:

This project will take place an empty shop (venue tbc) in Rossendale. We have the use of this space for four weeks in June 2010. As part of the project you must:

  • Spend one week in the museum as a research stage (times to be arranged)
  • Be in the empty shop space for a timetable arranged between the Artist, Museum and Arts Engagement Officer. There are a total of 15 half day session paid for in the budget and these can be divided up in the planning stages.
  • The sessions will be divided up into a mix of time working with community and voluntary groups and open sessions for the public to drop in
  • The artist may also use the space out of these hours
  • Organise the installation/distribution of the outcome of the project (there is one paid artist day in the budget for this).
  • Undertake an online blog to document the progress of the project

 Budget:

 1 week research time = £500

15 x 0.5 artists days @ £90 = £1,350

1 x full artist day (installation) = £180

Materials = £470

Total = £2,500

How to apply:

 To apply, please send us:

 1. An outline of how you would approach this project. This should include:

  • How you would approach working with the community and voluntary groups
  • The themes you would be interested in exploring
  • Methods you might use to create new work
  • A draft budget

2. Examples of previous work/projects that you have undertaken

3. A full CV

4. A letter of application stating what interests you about this project.

 Please send application, or for more information, by email to Laura Rodgers, Creativity Works Arts Engagement Officer, laura.rodgers@blackburn.gov.uk

 Closing date 26/03/2010 (12 noon)

Interview date 06/04/2010

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Ribble Valley Project (North West Sound Archive)

North West Sound Archive/ Phase 1 Commission

 Creativity Works background:

Creativity Works is a consortium consisting of Pennine Lancashire Arts Officers, Arts Council North West, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire, Elevate and Curious Minds. The partnership provides the infrastructure for joint working, shared approaches, economies of scale working across the sub region and alignment to the Multi Area Agreement as well as districts Local Area Agreement’s.

Creativity Works was initially set up in 2000, supporting Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. In 2008 it extended its remit to work strategically on four priority areas: Health, Business, Regeneration and People, to raise the profile of and participation in, quality arts practice in the region.

The engagement programme of work that this project belongs to, began in September 2009. The aim of this work is to increase engagement in the arts through working with local heritage venues.  This project forms part of the initial programme of activity that will happen with each partner venue.

Project background:

 The North West Sound Archive, housed at Clitheroe Castle in the Ribble Valley, is the largest collection of sound recordings in the UK outside of London, and is a collection of international importance. The NWSA does not have the capacity to develop much engagement work with the communities of Pennine Lancashire and because of this many people do not know about this amazing resource on their door step.

 Aims:

  • To work creatively with the community and local voluntary groups to increase local engagement with the arts through the use of NWSA collections
  • To raise the profile of NWSA in Clitheroe town centre in order for local people to know how they can use the collection
  • To encourage conversation and discussion
  • To engage specifically with young families and adults from 30-50, an age range that are not covered by existing projects.
  • To explore the themes that the archive suggests that would be relevant to the community today, for example their recordings around make do and mend, family remedies or food and recipes.
  • To create new work that can be used to further engage the public with NWSA.

 Project brief:

We would like to recruit an artist to work with the collections and staff of the North West Sound archive to use this resource to engage the residents of Pennine Lancashire with the arts. We want to develop a project that would take the sounds of this collection out into the community, perhaps through local shops, to provoke conversation, story telling and new reminiscences. There are a number of themes that the collection suggests, such as make do and mend, home remedies, food and recipes that might be particularly relevant to the interests and concerns of today’s communities. We would like to see a project that:

  • Uses the sound recordings in an innovative and experimental way
  • Makes the recordings relevant and interesting to the local community
  • Engages the public through local voluntary and community groups and illustrates new and exciting art forms
  • Looks at new spaces for the collection to engage with people that might not usually visit an arts or heritage venue
  • Explores how an internet presence may engage more people in the project, or use it as a way of creating content for the project
  • Encourages conversation and discussion
  • Results in new work which can in turn be used to attract a new audience

Project Structure:

 This project will take place in June 2010 in the NWSA and the surrounding community. Applicants must have access to their own technical equipment that they may need to use for the project. The NWSA has a small amount of recording equipment that they can lend out. We envisage that the resulting work or series of works will be exhibited in a public venue out of the NWSA or Castle, such as a shop, library or leisure centre. These are partnerships that will be built after the artist has been appointed and the project has been shaped by their ideas. In the budget we have allocated 2 artist days for researching the sound archive and working with NWSA staff,  10 half day sessions for working with the community and voluntary groups, 2 days development time to create work and 1 day installation time. The project will run over a four week period and the session plan will be developed between all the partners.

We are also asking for the artist to undertake a blog or a series of podcasts for the duration of the project.

 Budget:

 2 x artist day @ £180 for research and working with NWSA staff = £360

10 x 0.5 artists days @ £90 for community and vol. group work = £900

2 x artist day @ £180 for developing work = £360

1 x artist day @£180 (installation) = £180

Materials = £450

Total = £2,250

 How to apply:

 To apply, please send us:

 1. An outline of how you would approach this project. This should include:

  • How you would approach working with the community and voluntary groups
  • The themes you would be interested in exploring
  • Methods you might use to create new work
  • A draft budget

2. Examples of previous work/projects that you have undertaken

3. A full CV

4. A letter of application stating what interests you about this project.

 Please send application, or for more information, by email to Laura Rodgers, Creativity Works Arts Engagement Officer, laura.rodgers@blackburn.gov.uk

 Closing date: 26/03/2010 (12 noon)

Interview date: 07/04/2010

Hyndburn Project (Haworth Art Gallery)

Haworth Art Gallery/ Phase 1 Artist Brief

 Creativity Works background:

Creativity Works is a consortium consisting of Pennine Lancashire Arts Officers, Arts Council North West, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire, Elevate and Curious Minds. The partnership provides the infrastructure for joint working, shared approaches, economies of scale working across the sub region and alignment to the Multi Area Agreement as well as districts Local Area Agreement’s.

 Creativity Works was initially set up in 2000, supporting Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. In 2008 it extended its remit to work strategically on four priority areas: Health, Business, Regeneration and People, to raise the profile of and participation in, quality arts practice in the region.

 The engagement programme of work that this project belongs to, began in September 2009. The aim of this work is to increase engagement in the arts through working with local heritage venues.  This project forms part of the initial programme of activity that will happen with each partner venue.

 Project background:

 The Haworth Art Gallery house a collection of Tiffany Art Nouveau glass of international importance.The collection consists of over 140 glass tiles, vases and mosaics; it is the largest public collection of Tiffany glass in Europe. Many visitors come from around the world to see this collection however, looking at audience research data, there is a lack of engagement from the local communities with this venue. 50% of visitors are first time visitors, which would indicate they are not being visited by local communities that could make repeat visits.

 Alongside this project, Creativity Works are working throughout East Lancashire to utilise empty shop spaces in town centres. This commission is part of a larger scheme of work that brings together empty shop spaces/town centre spaces and local heritage venues as a way of increase community engagement with arts and heritage. There will be an opportunity in each of the six Pennine Lancashire local authorities to work in partnership with a local heritage venue to increase engagement in the visual arts through the use of an empty shop. The commission is to work in Hyndburn.

 Aims:

  • To increase engagement in the arts in Hyndburn
  • To work creatively with the community to take an innovative and new look at the Tiffany collection housed at the Haworth
  • To raise the profile of The Haworth Art Gallery in the town centre
  • To encourage conversation and discussion through artistic activity
  • To engage the public as well as selected voluntary groups through arts activity
  • To create new work that uses unexpected media to reinterpret elements of the Tiffany glass collection

 Project brief:

 We would like to recruit an artist to work in partnership with the Haworth Art Gallery and the community, to use the Haworth’s permanent collection of Tiffany glass to develop a project to bring it to the attention of and make it relevant to the local community. We are looking to recruit an artist who can work with the staff of the Haworth to build an exciting and innovative project inspired by the glass collection. It is important the project has an element of conversation and dialogue, in what ever form is most relevant, so we can use the opportunity to capture the public’s thoughts on the Haworth and its collection. We are keen to use this creative activity to see what the community’s barriers to engagement with the arts are.

 The Haworth’s Tiffany collection can not be brought out of the gallery and into the empty shop space, but representations or images can. We would like to see a project that:

  • Uses unexpected forms (we have a particular interest in how digital art forms can be used, but welcome innovative proposals from any art form),  to respond to the Tiffany Glass collection
  • Incorporates an aspect of dialogue and conversation, a way of capturing people’s opinions on the collection and how they engage with the arts more generally
  • Uses innovative approaches to engage with the community and local voluntary groups
  • Encourages participants to visit the Haworth
  • Results in new work that can be temporarily put back into the Haworth Art Gallery for exhibition, this could take any form
  • Uses any art form, or a combination of art forms 

 Project Structure:

 This project will take place in an empty shop/market stall (venue tbc, appointed artist can have an input into this) in Hyndburn. We have the use of this space for four weeks in August 2010. As part of the project you must:

  • Be in the space for a timetable arranged between the Artist, Art Gallery and Arts Engagement Officer. There are a total of 18 half day session paid for in the budget and these can be divided up in the planning stages.
  • The sessions will be divided up into a mix of time working with community and voluntary groups and open sessions for the public to drop in
  • The artist may also use the space out of these hours
  • Organise the installation/distribution of the outcome of the project (there is one paid artist day in the budget for this).
  • Undertake an online blog to document the progress of the project

 Budget:

 18 x 0.5 artists days @ £90 = £1,620

1 x full artist day (installation) = £180

Materials = £450

Total = £2,250

 How to apply:

 To apply, please send us:

 1. An outline of how you would approach this project. This should include:

  • How you would approach working with the community and voluntary groups
  • The themes you would be interested in exploring
  • Methods you might use to create new work
  • A draft budget

2. Examples of previous work/projects that you have undertaken

3. A full CV

4. A letter of application stating what interests you about this project.

 Please send application, or for more information, by email to Laura Rodgers, Creativity Works Arts Engagement Officer, laura.rodgers@blackburn.gov.uk

 Closing date: 26/03/2010  (12 noon)

Interview date: 13/04/2010

Burnley Project (Towneley Hall)

Towneley Hall / Phase 1 Artist Brief

 Creativity Works background:

Creativity Works is a consortium consisting of Pennine Lancashire Arts Officers, Arts Council North West, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire, Elevate and Curious Minds. The partnership provides the infrastructure for joint working, shared approaches, economies of scale working across the sub region and alignment to the Multi Area Agreement as well as districts Local Area Agreement’s.

 Creativity Works was initially set up in 2000, supporting Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. In 2008 it extended its remit to work strategically on four priority areas: Health, Business, Regeneration and People, to raise the profile of and participation in, quality arts practice in the region.

 The engagement programme of work that this project is part of began in September 2009. The aim of this work is to increase engagement in the arts through working with local heritage venues.  This project forms part of the initial programme of activity that will happen with each partner venue.

 Project background:

Towneley Parklands and Garden have recently been undergoing renovation through a HLF funded project. This project will be coming to an end it June 2010. To celebrate the end of this project, Towneley Hall is hosting a large tea party with parade through the grounds of the Hall.

 Alongside this work, Creativity Works are working throughout East Lancashire to utilise empty shop spaces in town centres. This commission is part of a larger scheme of work that brings together the empty shop spaces and local heritage venues. There will be an opportunity in each of the six Pennine Lancashire local authorities to work in partnership with a local heritage venue to increase engagement in the visual arts through the use of an empty shop.

Aims:

  • To increase engagement in the arts in Burnley
  • To work creatively with the community to create a new collection for Towneley
  • To raise the profile of Towneley Hall in the town centre
  • To encourage conversation and discussion through artistic activity
  • To advertise the tea party event and why it is happening
  • To create new work that can be displayed in Towneley Hall, or used in some way at the same time as the tea party event.
  • To engage the public as well as selected voluntary groups through arts activity.

 Project brief:

We would like to recruit an artist to work with the staff of Towneley Hall to develop a project that will engage the community with Towneley Hall’s collection of tea sets. The tea sets at Towneley are part of a collection of 20 c domestic wares collected in the late 20c , mainly in Burnley, by Mrs. Milner who was married to the then bishop of Burnley. At that time they were not valued and many came from bric a brac stalls on Burnley market. They came to Towneley through the Art Fund and include Art Deco wares by Shelley, Clarice Cliffe and Susie Cooper.

 A representation of Towneley’s collection of tea sets will be displayed within the empty shop space for the duration of the project, along with an exhibition in Towneley Hall. We would like to see a project that:

  • Draws on the themes suggested by the tea set collection of ritual, conversation and tradition
  • Uses innovative approaches to engage the community and local voluntary groups with the production of new work as well as interaction with the collection
  • Encourages discussion and conversation
  • Can use any art form, or a combination of art forms, from craft to new media
  • Results in a collection of work created by the community
  • Results in new work by the artist

 The work created will be shown within Towneley Hall on the weekend of the tea party and should be used to bring a new audience into the space and encourage them to explore the Hall and its exhibits.

 Collaborations between artists are welcome.

 Project Structure:

This project will take place in an empty (location tbc) shop in Burnley. We have the use of this space for four weeks in May 2010 As part of the project you must:

  • Be in the shop space for at least four half day sessions a week, one of which must be a Saturday afternoon. There are a total of 18 half day session paid for in the budget and these can be divided up in the planning stages with the artist.
  • The sessions will be divided up into a mix of time working with community and voluntary groups and open sessions for the public to drop in
  • The artist may also use the space out of these hours
  • Organise the installation of the pieces into Towneley Hall, there is a paid artist day in the budget for this activity.
  • Undertake an online blog to document the progress of the creation of a new collection and/or use the blog as a means of further engaging the community.

 Budget:

 18 x 0.5 artists days @ £90 = £1,620

1 x full artist day (installation) = £180

Materials = £450

Total = £2,250

 How to apply:

 To apply, please send us:

 1. An outline of how you would approach this project. This should include:

  • How you would approach working with the community and voluntary groups
  • The themes you would be interested in exploring
  • Methods you might use to create a new collection
  • A draft budget

2. Examples of previous work/projects that you have undertaken

3. A full CV

4. A letter of application stating what interests you about this project.

 Please send application, or for more information, by email to Laura Rodgers, Creativity Works Arts Engagement Officer, laura.rodgers@blackburn.gov.uk

 Closing date: 24/03/10 (12 noon)

Interview date: 01/04/10

Blackburn Artist Opportunity

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery/ Phase 1 Artist Brief

 Creativity Works background:

Creativity Works is a consortium consisting of Pennine Lancashire Arts Officers, Arts Council North West, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire, Elevate and Curious Minds. The partnership provides the infrastructure for joint working, shared approaches, economies of scale working across the sub region and alignment to the Multi Area Agreement as well as districts Local Area Agreement’s.

 Creativity Works was initially set up in 2000, supporting Creative Industries in Pennine Lancashire. In 2008 it extended its remit to work strategically on four priority areas: Health, Business, Regeneration and People, to raise the profile of and participation in, quality arts practice in the region.

 The engagement programme of work that this project belongs to, began in September 2009. The aim of this work is to increase engagement in the arts through working with local heritage venues.  This project forms part of the initial programme of activity that will happen with each partner venue.

 Project background:

In 2008, Star Paper Mill in Blackburn closed down after 133 years of production on the site. When the site closed, the curatorial staff from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery were invited to take any of the records, archives or objects they felt would preserve the sites history. Most of what they collected where records and pictures. In partnership with Lancashire County Records Service and Blackburn Library Service, they are now going through a process of identification and documentation of these objects and archives. The services are working with local volunteers, some who are ex-employees of the site, to carry out this work. There is a display cabinet being used in Livesey Library, the local library to the mill, to temporarily display some of the archive.

 Alongside this project, Creativity Works are working throughout East Lancashire to utilise empty shop spaces in town centres. This commission is part of a larger scheme of work that brings together empty shop spaces and local heritage venues as a way of increase community engagement with arts and heritage. There will be an opportunity in each of the six Pennine Lancashire local authorities to work in partnership with a local heritage venue to increase engagement in the visual arts through the use of an empty shop. The commission is to work in Blackburn.

 Aims:

  • To increase engagement in the arts in Blackburn with Darwen
  • To work with the community and local voluntary groups to engage the local people with their recent past through arts activity and discussion
  • To use the empty shop space as a platform for arts activity
  • To raise the profile of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery in the town centre
  • To encourage conversation and discussion
  • To use arts activity to link together the Star Paper Mill project’s new archives with BMAG collection of print and books, and make these relevant to the community
  • To explore the themes these subjects suggest such as story telling, paper usage and communication
  • To create new art work that can be used to further engage the public with BMAG

 Project brief:

We would like to recruit an artist to develop work that will engage the community with the findings of the Star Paper Mill project, stimulate conversation or reminiscences and produce new work with the community. This activity will take place in the empty shop space in Blackburn town centre, bringing the communities around the mill into the town centre. As mentioned in the aims, BMAG have a collection of books and print of national importance and this may also be a source of inspiration for the project. We want the communities of Blackburn to reconnect with the collections of BMAG, and their interest in Star Paper Mill will be a good vehicle for doing this. Proposals can be using any art form from craft techniques to new media, but they must show how working with the community will directly influence the outcome. The outcome of this project must be something that further connects the community and leaves a legacy, depending on the form, this maybe something that gets distributed to a certain neighbourhood or goes into the museum collection.

Project Structure:

This project will take place in an empty shop (venue tbc) in Blackburn. We have the use of this space for four weeks in July 2010. As part of the project you must:

  • Be in the shop space for at least four half day sessions a week, one of which must be a Saturday afternoon. There are a total of 18 half day session paid for in the budget and these can be divided up in the planning stages with the artist.
  • The sessions will be divided up into a mix of time working with community and voluntary groups and open sessions for the public to drop in
  • The artist may also use the space out of these hours
  • Organise the installation/distribution of the outcome of the project (there is one paid artist day in the budget for this).
  • Undertake an online blog to document the progress of the project to further engage the community

 Budget:

 18 x 0.5 artists days @ £90 = £1,620

1 x full artist day (installation) = £180

Materials = £450

Total = £2,250

 How to apply:

 To apply, please send us:

 1. An outline of how you would approach this project. This should include:

  • How you would approach working with the community and voluntary groups
  • The themes you would be interested in exploring
  • Methods you might use to create new work
  • A draft budget

2. Examples of previous work/projects that you have undertaken

3. A full CV

4. A letter of application stating what interests you about this project.

 Please send application, or for more information, by email to Laura Rodgers, Creativity Works Arts Engagement Officer, laura.rodgers@blackburn.gov.uk

 Closing date: 26/03/2010 (12 noon)

Interview date: 12/04/2010

Artist Opportunities

The artist opportunities for The Open Shop Project will be published on this site on Thursday.