Artists are invited to apply to take part in AD/DRESSING THE CITY, a strand of work for Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2022.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival are commissioning ten Norfolk-based artists to each create a window display for a Norwich city centre independent business. The display will be up for the month of May 2022, as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s 250 celebration.

The first Festival event took place in 1772 and 2022 marks our 250th anniversary. At times, during the festival’s history, local businesses have dressed their windows for the Festival and we want to revive this tradition for our 250th year. We want AD/DRESSING THE CITY to celebrate Norwich’s independent spirit and creativity.

We are delighted to be working with Thorns DIY, Rainbow Wholefoods, The Book Hive, Elm and Bookbugs and Dragon Tales. The project is a collaboration between the two groups: local businessowners that make up Norwich’s unique and characterful city centre and local artists who make Norwich’s arts scene so dynamic and varied.  Both small businessowners and freelance artists have been hard hit by COVID-19 and we are keen that the project facilitates working relationships between these two groups.

We are looking for window displays that both dress and address the city. ‘Dress the city’ means creating something visually interesting and exciting in the city, generating a buzz for shoppers, eaters and drinkers. ‘Addressing the city’ asks the question of what does the artist, and the business, want to say to the people of Norwich.

Applications are now closed, look out for more information on AD/DRESSING THE CITY soon. 


Creative Individuals Norfolk #2: Posters Pamphlets and Other Paraphernalia was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Masthead credit: JMA Photography

Festival Futures – Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May festival and our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

This year we launch a giving campaign, Festival Futures, to help ensure we continue this work for future generations.

2022’s campaign focuses on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the participants, audiences and artists of the future. We aim to raise £20,000 towards our Take Part: Schools programme and towards a range of programming at 2022’s Festival that provides participation and showcase opportunities for young people and early-career artists.  We believe that participation in the arts can increase confidence, creativity and academic results and that by creating performance and commissioning opportunities for the next generation of artists, we are ensuring the future of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We need your support.

Make a Festival Futures donation to Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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