Creative Opportunities & commissions for January 2022

A round-up of opportunities available to creatives based on the Fylde Coast in January 2022.

These include grant funding, commissions, jobs, consultations, research projects and more. New opportunities will be added to this page as they arise. 

Arts for Wellbeing Practitioners
Pendle Leisure Trust are about to embark on a two-year programme of Arts for Wellbeing work in Pendle. They are seeking experienced practitioners who work across community arts and health settings and/or those wishing to grow their experience of working in this way.
  • Are you based in Pendle or surrounding Lancashire areas?
  • Do you have experience in working on community led participatory projects with communities or are you interested in arts and health?
If so, please your CV and a few paragraphs about you and your experience in working with community groups with any web links (Maximum 1 side of A4) to Pendle’s Cultural Development Manager [email protected]

Deadline 26th Jan 2022 

The Creative Step

One of the best ways to make a start on that new creative idea, project or partnership this year is to participate in Creative Lancashire’s Creative Step programme.

The programme runs for three weeks with two one and a half hour sessions a week. (NB: It is essential that participants can attend all six sessions.) It’s completely free and is guaranteed to bring clarity, focus and tangible progress to your plans and ambitions. A number of Lancashire artists and arts organisations have already been through the programme with great results.

“For anyone feeling like themselves or their business needs more direction, confidence, a stronger story, or even a new and diverse network of business contacts – this is the programme. It makes you think about the important steps your business requires and gives you the time and space to consider and act.

Cohort start dates for the next Winter Programme are as follows:

  • Start date Tuesday 08 February 2022.
  • End date Thursday 24 February 2022.
  • Six sessions, two per week / Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • All sessions run in the morning 10.00 to 12.00pm.
  • Please note that places are limited for the February cohort.

Please contact Ed Matthews-Gentle at [email protected] for an initial conversation.

Public Art Commissions for Kirkham Town Centre

Fylde Borough Council and The Paul Hogarth company are looking to commission artists / makers to undertake the development of several site-specific works within the town centre. These commissions are integral to the overall vision for the public realm, designed by The Paul Hogarth Company. The public art programme is being funded through Historic England’s Future High Street fund, which recognises heritage and culture as being one of the main drivers for regeneration.

Historic England view the public art element as integral to the main public realm programme. Identifying it as providing important opportunities for collaboration with the local community, delivering a high-quality programme of active engagement that will result in the realisation of site-specific artwork that will celebrate the town’s heritage creating a strong sense of place, while preserving the past for future generations.

The commission opportunities include engravings in sandstone paving, forged railings, artwork for ginnels. Artists are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for one standalone commission or develop a scheme of work that would include several, developing an overall strong narrative /concept, thereby creating a cohesive programme of work. This is a unique opportunity for artists and creatives to make their mark on Kirkham. The works commissioned will be preserved for countless years to come and will be a celebration of the town’s heritage.



  • Stone Engraving/inlays (£10,000)- To create bespoke artwork, inspired by Kirkham’s heritage. Designs will be engraved/inlayed onto sandstone as elements of paving, low walls, or seats
  • Southeast Ginnel (£50,000) To develop a programme of site-specific work, inspired by Kirkham’s heritage that will transform this area into a wonderful space, a treasure waiting to be discovered. The Concept will recognise that this is one of a number of ginnels, with the others likely to form part of a future phase of work.   


Deadline: Submit an Expression of Interest by January 28th by 12 noon.


Read the full information pack.
Stone engravings and inlays for Market Square and other designated areas
Calling all Cultural Heritage professionals: help to improve the Cultural Heritage National Occupational Standards

The Cultural Heritage National Occupational Standards describe best practice in Cultural Heritage and inform the development of qualifications and apprenticeships for the sector. Creative & Cultural Skills and ScreenSkills are asking for industry feedback on its update of these to make sure they continue to reflect current industry requirements and job roles.  We have consulted with professionals across the nations about the competencies, skills and knowledge that are needed to work in cultural heritage.

The draft revised standards will be available on an online consultation site until Monday 17th January 2022.  Industry professionals are encouraged to contribute their views on these standards.

Please view the standards here.

This can take as much or as little time as you like because it is structured so that you only need consider the sections relevant to you.
Please contact [email protected]  if you require any further information.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a £5 million programme, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, which is being administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with artists or cultural organisations who have received Arts Council funding in the last four years. In this way, we hope to create a nationwide programme giving communities across the country the chance to enjoy brilliant creative and cultural events in celebration of this historical national milestone.

Applications will open on 4 January (closing on 28 February), and organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000. The funding aims to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and is part of a programme of cultural events taking place across the UK during 2022, including the Commonwealth Games and Unboxed.

Head over to the website for more information.


Lancashire Stories – Invitation to Submit Book Design Idea 

This is an open call toprofessionalillustrators. We willcommission an illustrator to design an attractive book cover for a newly commissioned anthology of short stories, entitled Lancashire Stories.  

In all there will be a collection of 10-12diverse storieseachwith aconnectionto Lancashire.We are looking for a cover design that reflects the writing and themes in the stories.We are looking for an illustrator with a personal connection to Lancashire.   Illustrators interested in taking part in Lancashire Storiesshouldsubmit a basic sketch of their design idea (front and back cover, plus spine), along with online examples of their previous work. 

All submissions must be emailed to: [email protected]  with the book design idea added as an attachment of no more than 15MB.   

Deadline for design ideas: 16thJanuary 2022 

Read the full brief. 
In Good Company: mid-career commission

What is it?
The mid-career commission is a £5,000 grant for independent artists or companies who create live performance for public engagement and consider themselves mid-career. This might be for the stage or in a community setting. Whatever project you’re working on, as long as it involves live theatre (in the broadest sense of the word!) and it has public engagement, In Good Company want to hear about it!

This is a national callout, but you will be expected to engage with midland audiences and partners if selected and be able to show a positive impact for people in the Midlands.

Who is it for?
This grant is for those who consider themselves “mid-career”. Some examples of mid-career include –

  • Having an established practice, identity and a strong track record of creating contemporary theatre
  • Having made 2-3 shows/projects, which have preferably toured these outside of their region
  • Having worked in partnership with other venues to create work
  • Having the infrastructure and capacity to deliver the project and provide a meaningful learning experience for an early-career producer.

They also consider alternative pathways into the arts and recognise not every person has the same experiences. Although these examples listed can indicate mid-career artist, they will accept any application if there is justification or demonstration of mid-career experience.

What does it include?

  • £5,000 grant (plus £1,000 additional fee for recruiting and mentoring Assistant Producer – more details in the application pack)
  • 2 weeks rehearsal space at one or two of the IGC partner venues.
  • An opportunity to premiere the final piece at our Departure Lounge Festival, (if this is the right fit for your timeline)
  • 10 days with an Assistant Producer – more details in the application pack

IGC aims to provide more than just financial support. They will work with you to identify other areas they can support you in.

Some examples of additional support include:

  • Mentorship from IGC’s producers; including fundraising, making partnerships, access, tour and project planning.
  • Support from IGC venue teams; including marketing, fundraising, touring.
  • Signposting to relevant communities and groups linked with IGC and our partners.

When & how can you apply?
Applications open on the 29th of November 2021 and close at midnight on the 30th of January 2022.

Find out more & apply



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