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Corby Artist Call Out

New Commission for 2022

Summary of Commission.

Festival Dates: 

Liberty UK Halton: 18 - 19 September 2021
Liberty UK Corby: 19 - 20 February 2022
Liberty UK Leicester: 26 - 27 March 2022

Commissions available: 1

Budget: The budget for the commission is £8,000 including artist fees, materials, workshop preparation and delivery.

Submission Deadline: 5.00pm Friday 16 July 2021.

Application Process: Please apply by completing this Google form: Submissions

If you would like to submit your application in a different format, please contact 

Liberty UK is a pop-up festival that celebrates freedom and democracy. It brings together a wide range of art forms including street theatre, art installations and film to explore issues such as climate change, equality and racism. We invite members of the local community to tell us their stories so that we can share them and together, create and shape a vision for the future that is inclusive and optimistic, providing us with the strength to move forward and meet challenges that lay ahead.  Liberty UK is produced and presented by ArtReach.

This year the festival will take a new approach to programming by embedding opportunities for groups of young people to co-create work with artists. The work that you create will tour three festivals between September 2021 and March 2022 in Halton, Corby and Leicester, alongside two other large scale artworks that will be created in the respective locations. 

Participants of the project will gain insight into your practice, how to develop a piece of artwork for the public realm and what goes into producing an art festival. By being part of this project they will create new networks with their peers and be inspired to play more of a role in their local arts and cultural scene.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an artist who will collaborate with a European artist to create one temporary art installation that will playfully explore the theme of connection and connectivity between communities, in collaboration with a group of young people who are based in Corby. You will work with a facilitator to run sessions with participants where you will develop ideas for a piece of work that will be presented at the three Liberty UK festivals. Although the concept will be developed locally we want the work to consider wider issues that affect communities across the country, thinking of the ways that divisions may manifest themselves between different communities in a single geographical area and how this work could play with bridging some of those gaps.

Who you are:

We encourage artists from a wide range of disciplines including visual and digital art to apply. The work will be shared in outdoor locations and will need to be accessible for a range of audiences – which includes families and young people. The work will need to attract members of the public who are not necessarily there to seek it out. We want to see proposals for new work or those that are sufficiently different from previous presentations of the work including proposals that are suitable for family audiences. 

Artists will be required to deliver a series of live workshops alongside a skilled facilitator in advance of the festival with a closed group of between 6 and 15 young people. Artists will work with these young people from the local community in a way which will enable them to develop their creativity, build confidence, and create a safe space for conversations. There will be an opportunity for participants to contribute to and shape the outcome of the final piece of work.


We will work with you to identify a European artist who you will collaborate with to deliver an element of the project. If you have existing relationships with European collaborators, please feel free to suggest them to us. 

ArtReach will work with local partners to identify participants for you to work with.


Venues are at this stage unconfirmed, so ideas should consider a variety of spaces within outdoor public spaces (town squares, shopping centres, pedestrianised zones etc.) – rather than a project for a specific location. The work will tour across three different locations and so must be adaptable to different spaces and environments. Artists should consider how the piece could respond to natural and manmade structures and systems that exist in towns including trees, benches, rivers, roads and bridges. 


Artists should think about the impact their work will have on the environment. Artwork and workshops that use recycled or recyclable materials and low energy artworks are encouraged. Artwork will be presented outdoors, so artists will need to consider this when choosing materials. Fabrication processes should be thoroughly considered and detailed in the application. Please note that installation may take place at a time that is outside of typical working hours. All artworks will need to be removed once the exhibition period has concluded – so please consider this in the choice of materials and presentation. Removal and reinstatement costs will be covered by ArtReach.

Who you are: 

Artists of all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We also welcome applications from multiple artists and collectives wishing to collaborate. We are committed to working with diverse artists and enabling access for all to improve equity and representation irrespective of background, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. All applications will be considered fairly based on their proposals. Artists do not need to be established, we welcome applications from emerging artists, however, you must be able to demonstrate your ideas clearly and show that the concept has been well thought out.


  • Artists must be a resident and have the right to work in the UK or another European country. Preference will be given to artists based in Corby/Northamptonshire.

  • Artists should have a portfolio of work that can be used by us to consider your application.

  • Artists should demonstrate experience of delivering workshops, collaborating with young people or communities or similar interactive sessions to a wide range of audiences.

  • Artists should demonstrate an understanding of issues relating to freedom, democracy and human rights issues.

  • Artist must be aged 31 or under to help us work towards our commitment of engaging young artists and audiences.

All proposals will be reviewed and assessed by the team at ArtReach and artists will be selected based on:

  • A track record of delivering high quality socially engaging work

  • The quality of the idea and connection with the themes

  • The potential to reach and engage audiences

  • Deliverability within budget and scope


Feedback can be offered to any unsuccessful proposal/artists.

Budget and support: 

The budget for the commission is £8,000 including artist fees (including European collaborators fee), materials & fabrication, and workshop preparation & delivery. 

  • Artists will be contracted by ArtReach to deliver the work.

  • Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by agreement with ArtReach.

  • ArtReach will secure venues and coordinate communication with venues.

  • ArtReach will cover any accessibility costs.

  • ArtReach will provide a producer for the project to be a dedicated touch point for the project and team.

  • The project will be promoted by ArtReach as part of a UK wide marketing and communications campaign.

How to apply: 

Applications should be submitted via this Google form: Submissions

In addition to completing the Google Form, please also send a Wetransfer to including:

  • Your CV or Portfolio

  • Up to 8 images providing examples of your previous work

  • Up to 4 images or diagrams of the work that you are proposing for this commission

  • A basic risk assessment for your proposed artwork and workshop (a detailed assessment will need to be provided if you are selected, and a Covid-19 specific risk assessment may be required) 

Please use the subject line Liberty UK Corby - Artist Proposal 2021


ArtReach works to make inclusive change in the arts and cultural sector. Our aim is to become a truly inclusive organisation with a workforce and audience as diverse as the communities we serve. 


ArtReach welcomes applications from all sections of the community. ArtReach works to actively combat discrimination and to ensure that prospective or present employees, artists and participants are treated fairly regardless of any protected characteristics.


ArtReach can provide advice, guidance and support to ensure you can take part in any or all activities, and can offer access support if you need it. Should you wish to discuss your access needs, would like to talk about an alternative method of submitting your proposal or give us feedback, please contact


The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 16 July. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

We will contact successful artists in the week commencing 19 July 2021.