Creative Individuals Norfolk Call-out

Creative Individuals Norfolk

Individuals who act as creative catalyst are invited to make proposals for support from Norfolk & Norwich Festival towards a project which activates a community in Norfolk. Norfolk & Norwich Festival expect to award five commissions of £3,000 each.

Deadline for proposals is 12 noon on Monday 24 August 2020.


What We Will Support

We will support the work of creative individuals who are a catalyst for, or facilitator of, creativity in a community in Norfolk. We welcome proposals for any forms of activity – from research, through gatherings and workshops, to sharings and presentations – which stimulate and support the creativity of the people of Norfolk.

Our call-out is a direct response to the Covid Crisis. We want to support the professional practice of freelance creative individuals who are some of the hardest hit in our creative community. We also want to respond to the powerful sense of collective responsibility which we have felt in our communities during this crisis. We’re interested in the ways creative individuals have led responses to the crisis from community crafting, through support networks, to pop up venues (artistic and social, virtual and real) and, of course, much more.

We intend to support five creative individuals with a commission of £3,000 each. Our investment can be for the initial research and development phase of a project or to help make something happen publicly. We are happy to add additional value to existing projects or to support the creation of new projects. The projects may subvert, contemplate or shout out loud.

Your project can take place at any time between October 2020 and May 2021. We are open to proposals which include outcomes during our Festival in 2021 (but we do not expect this of all projects). These outcomes may range from a discussion about work in progress, through workshops, to presentation of new work. During the festival we may be able to offer further support (eg marketing, technical, invigilation, etc). In exceptional circumstances we may be able to invest further in the project (after research and development) to help realise it during the Festival. At the very least, we would like to represent each of the projects on our website.

Please find the full details of what we will fund in our Call-out Information Pack:

Creative Individuals Norfolk Call-Out Information Pack


Who Can Apply

We’re interested in hearing from all sorts of creative people.  We welcome proposals from artists, producers, curators, educators, activists, and many other people with creative roles. We want to support these creative individuals to act as catalysts or facilitators within an identified community. Our interpretation of community is broad and includes communities of artists, school groups, social groups/clubs, a whole street or town, or any group of people who come together around a shared interest. The creative individual does not have to be based in Norfolk but the identified community must be in Norfolk.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is committed to contributing to social responsibility and change. We want the creative individuals we work with to share this commitment with us. Our interests include a more diverse and inclusive society, environmental sustainability and the changing role of technology in our lives. We particularly welcome proposals from people who are part of groups or are working with groups that are underrepresented in the arts in Norfolk, especially people from culturally or socially diverse backgrounds and/or people who identify as D/deaf or disabled.


How To Apply

To apply complete the Creative Individuals Norfolk application form and equal opportunities form. If you require the form in large print or would like to submit in an alternative format please contact us to discuss your access requirements. Your application must reach us by 12 noon on Monday 24 August 2020. Send your application by email to with the subject line ‘Creative Individual Norfolk application.’


Creative Individuals Norfolk Call-Out Information Pack

Creative Individuals Norfolk Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


Successful applicants will be invited to meet NNF staff to talk about their proposals and agree a plan. Where relevant we may offer support from a creative producer to help you shape your project and/or in grant/bid writing.

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