Welcome to Here

Artist Commission Opportunity

Dallas-Pierce-Quintero and Ashford Borough Council invite Artists / Creative Practitioners to submit an Expression of Interest to lead a community-engaged arts commission in Ashford, Kent.

Welcome to Here will be the first arts project to kick-start a long-term Creative Engagement Strategy for Chilmington, a large new housing district in Ashford which will evolve over the next 20 years. The commission will engage with existing residents to reflect on the area’s heritage and the upcoming place change. This project will generate a creative response to share with new residents and mark this point in time.

Local communities are starting to see long-term large-scale transformation of their area. We are looking for a creative practitioner/s to act as artist-in-residence who over a number of days will get to know the local community, uncover local stories, and produce a response. We want to see built-in opportunities for engagement and participation, which will result in an arts outcome/s that may be ephemeral, temporary and/or physical and must include an element that can be shared with residents, for example, a printed artwork, booklet or similar that can be reproduced. As the first Chilmington arts commission, the approach, process and any outcomes must be of a high quality to set the standard for future projects.

The project will take place during May-September 2019. The Artist Fee is £6000 + additional production budget, travel and expenses. Welcome to Here is commissioned and project managed by Dallas-Pierce-Quintero for Ashford Borough Council.

Please submit Expressions of Interest by 10pm April 28th 2019.

The Project Brief with full details and online submission form is here:


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