Call Out for Commissions

There is a need in East Anglia for fun, accessible resources and activities that stimulate non-digital creativity for children and young people during lockdown – especially for households that lack internet access. Festival Bridge and the Local Cultural Education Partnerships in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough or Suffolk are commissioning content for a new Creative Activities pack that will be distributed widely in printed form. We are inviting the region’s creative practitioners to apply for one of twenty micro-commissions to design an activity for this resource.

The Commission

To create and describe an activity which will inspire creative thinking and artistic activities in family and family-like group settings. The activity should be:

  • As broad and accessible as possible
  • Suitable for a wide age range and be differentiated / extended for eg older children. Specifically, our target groups are: 1) younger children alongside their adults; 2) older young people who will work under their own steam; 3) early years children – simpler
  • Presented on up to 1 side of A4 paper using simple language and/or diagrams. There is the flexibility to present your activity as plain text, illustration, or in other formats. If you design your page yourself, it must be printable in monochrome. If you prefer, our designer can work with plain text and ingredients that you send
  • Achievable with limited or no extra resources – at the most, very basic materials such as pens and scrap paper. It must not require specialist craft materials
  • Of certain duration. We are open to a range of ideas that either a) are very quick and simple, b) grow over a period of time, or c) take perhaps half a day

Please apply if you:

  • Are an artist working in any art form based in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough or Suffolk
  • Have an established learning and participation practice involving children and young people 
  • Would be able to produce the finished commission within our timescale. Commissions will be offered by Friday 29 May, and the deadline for content will be 10 June.

Other Information

  • The deadline for submission is Monday 25 May at 12 noon
  • Each of the 20 successful artists will be paid £225 inclusive on completion of the brief and will of course be credited in the resource 
  • 64 Million Artists will contribute their expertise on language and presentation – so there will likely be some dialogue with them as your contribution is finalised 
  • Feedback will not be given on submissions, and only successful applicants will be notified about the commissions
  • Applicants’ details will be passed on to 64 Million Artists, if you consent for that to happen by ticking the relevant box on the Google form, from which future opportunities might arise 
  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in its employment practices with the aim of ensuring that everyone who applies to work for us receives fair treatment.  

To apply, please visit this page. With questions, please contact