Artist wanted: Stevenage and North Herts Suffrage Stories: 100 years of votes for women.

Stevenage Museum and its partners would like to commission an artist (or artist collective) as part of the 2018/19 Suffrage Movement project that has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will look at the Suffrage Movement as it took place in North Hertfordshire. It will look at some of the key players in the movement, such as Constance Lytton from Knebworth, and look at the reception that the movement had across North Hertfordshire. As the centenary of the first election after the First World War (December 2018) approaches, we believe it is an appropriate time to discuss this significant part of the North Hertfordshire heritage. We hope that this art project will not only help to improve local knowledge, but showcase and celebrate North Hertfordshire’s role in a national movement for change.

The commission offers an opportunity for an artist (or artist collective) to design, develop and deliver a creative project for the local people of Stevenage and North Herts. The Artist will work collaboratively with the local community (especially young people) to develop a film depicting scenes of the Suffrage Movement. This will then be projected onto buildings in the town centre.

The objectives of the project:

·         To engage the local population with the North Hertfordshire project as a whole

·         To discuss the Suffrage Movement in a local context

·         To engage volunteers with research projects, helping them to gain valuable skills.

 Budget and Artists Fee:

Artist Fee for planning, preparation and delivery of activities: £4500

Materials/equipment/consultant’s fee for the installation : £3500

Total Project Budget: £8,000

 Artist Role:

To develop the creative idea, concept and plan for the project.

To work with organisations and volunteers

To produce a film that looks at iconic themes of the Suffrage Movement

To assist with the installation of the projection

 The Film:

The film will be located in Stevenage Town Centre and North Herts Museum and Town Hall and therefore needs to be suitable for a very broad audience. It will need to be a simple but striking film. The film will be projected onto buildings, and the logistics of this will need to be considered, but we may split the delivery into content and projection if necessary.

Audience:

The Artist will work collaboratively with the following groups.

– Young volunteers interested in the project

– Other community groups identified as a result of the project.

The priority audience for the project are the local people of Stevenage and North Hertfordshire. We want to engage people who had not necessarily considered the local importance of the Suffrage Movement.

Provisional Dates:

Planning, preparation and development by Artist: October-December 2018

Installation of project: December 2018

Key Contacts at Stevenage Museum:

Jo Ward, Curator, jo.ward@stevenage.gov.uk  07706 297 842 or Sam Daisley, samantha.daisley@stevenage.gov.uk on 01438 218 881 Wednesday to Friday.

 Process for applying:

Submit applications to: jo.ward@stevenage.gov.uk

Please include in your application:

  1. A Statement of Interest, which outlines your idea, method statement and your experience of working with volunteers collaborative projects. This should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.
  2. A CV, including details of relevant/similar projects.
  3. Contact details of two referees who know your work and working methods.
  4. A selection of 3 examples of your work (image or video).
  5. A website address if you have one.

Expressions of interest will be accepted via email or paper copy. Artists will be selected on the basis of:

  • An expressed understanding of the brief
  • Strength of creative concept
  • Experience of creating film/projection projects
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Experience and skills in delivering workshops with a range of audiences
  • Understanding of the local communities’ need

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