Artist Call Out – Tapton Lock Festival

Artist Call Out – Tapton Lock Festival

We’re looking for an artist with experience of working with recycled materials or working with health & wellbeing themes, to deliver a community commission for this year’s Tapton Lock Festival.


The Tapton Lock Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and prides itself on being truly rooted within the local community. To further strengthen the community engagement, we want to appoint an ‘artist in residence’ at Chesterfield Football Club to work with a small group of young people who attend Thr1ve, a social prescribing group for young people, part of the Club’s Spireites Trust


The artist will work with the young people at their regular weekly sessions on Fridays in August to develop a workshop or activity for the festival. The artist, with support from the group, will deliver the activity at the festival on the 9th & 10th September to engage the festival visitors.


Fees and programme delivery

The fee for the commission is £1500, to include materials, although depending on the outcome there may be some negotiation on material costs. The commission will involve roughly six days work, to cover the delivery of four x two hour weekly sessions with the young people, attending the Tapton Lock Festival on the 9th & 10th September and two planning days.


Background to the festival.

The Tapton Lock Festival is a free weekend event that takes place along the banks of the Chesterfield Canal, adjacent to the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre in the heart of Chesterfield. The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the benefits of being outdoors and close to nature. Developed for a family audience, there really is something for everyone. Things to do include arts and craft workshops, a climbing wall and canoeing, boat rides, outdoor theatre and much more. For more information follow the link to the Junction Arts website


Application Process and Deadlines
We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds and shortlist applications blind, please take this into account when compiling your application as we will remove any personal or identifying information.


The artist(s) should submit a written or video application including a covering letter detailing your interest in the project and examples of relevant projects you have delivered, with images. The artist should also submit a CV including two references and confirmation of an up-to-date enhanced DBS and public liability insurance up to £5million. All files should be sent to


Deadline for applications 9.00am Monday 10th July

Shortlisting and interview process

  • Successful applications shortlisted for interview will be notified by 13th July
  • Interviews to be held on Thursday 20th July at West Studios, Chesterfield
  • Written feedback on applications will be available upon request


For more information about the project please contact Jane Wells at Junction Arts: / 01246 209219