Summer Family Creative Workshops: Artist Call Out

Open Call:  Proposals for funded Workshop Sessions – 27 August 2022

The brief: We’re offering 3 x opportunities for local creatives. We would like to hear from artists who can run bookable or drop-in activities for families at Blackpool Winter Gardens in August 2022

  • Theme: High Street Heritage/our town. 
  • You will ideally have experience of working with the public on community art projects, especially families and children aged (approx.) from toddlers to 12 years. (You don’t need to be DBS checked – as parents/chaperones and staff will be present during the activities.)
  • You will need to attend from 10am to 3pm plus set up/packing away time.
  • The activity should last approx 1 hour with 1 session starting in the morning and a second in the early afternoon
  • You should consider how the sessions can be delivered safely in a post-Covid environment.We can provide trestle tables/chairs/sanitiser, as required.
  • Activity can take place outside the venue (e.g. outdoor photography) but must start/finish at the venue.

The fee is £260 for each opportunity. 

This will include planning and preparation, and delivery of the activity on 27 August 2022. We pay artists based on rates advised by the Artists’ Union England and Arts Council England.

Commission Requirements

  • You must be able to provide all the necessary equipment to deliver the workshop
  • You must have all the relevant insurances (particularly public liability) in place 
  • Activity must take place on 27 August
  • At the end of the workshop, participants will ideally have produced an artwork to take home on the above theme. 


  • Submit your proposal by midday on Wednesday 3 August 
  • You will have a response by 5pm Monday 8 August
  • Activity will take place on Saturday 27 August
    Please note that this commission cannot be used to fund work that is already part of an existing programme or activity that has already taken place.

How we will decide

The proposals will be considered by a special meeting of the Cultural Consortium and successful applicants will be notified that week. We will offer feedback as we recognise this is important to anyone wanting to improve their tendering skills. 

What you will need to submit

Your proposal should include:

  • Experience: What is your experience of leading workshops in the past?
  • Activity/artistic medium: What activity do you want to lead?
  • Numbers: How many people can take part – Is this activity bookable or can attendees ‘drop-in’?
  • Equipment: Do you have all the equipment to deliver the session(s)?
  • Availability: Do you want to just deliver this single session or are you interested in doing more in 2022/23? 

Please use this form to set out your proposal and email it to us at [email protected]

Due to our funding conditions, this opportunity is limited to individuals and organisations based in the UK. We will give priority to applicants based on the Fylde Coast but artists from outside this area are welcome to apply if workshops can be delivered locally.

If you have any questions, please email us. 

About Blackpool Heritage Action Zone: Cultural Programme

The Blackpool Heritage Action Zone Cultural Consortium is looking for artists and creatives to deliver workshop sessions to local people as part of the Historic England Funded Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme.  

The programme runs until December 2023 and activities will range from Markets to street performance, workshops to heritage talks. The programme is designed to be dynamic and has the ability to adapt and change activities in line with what our audiences want to see delivered.  

As part of the preparation for the Cultural Programme, the Council commissioned a creative mapping exercise which brought together members of the creative community from a range of different backgrounds. Out of this work came a number of clear messages from the local creative community around willingness to share skills and knowledge and a desire to see more local commissioning. This open call is designed to capture that desire to share skills and deliver on the commitment to commission fairly and locally.

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