Grow Festival 2019: Creative Workshop Brief



Grow Festival is a series of three outdoor arts festival commissioned by Made in Corby, as part of The Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery, and co-produced with The Core at Corby Cube and Bill Gee Projects. The project is steered by a panel of community members, facilitated by Made in Corby. Made in Corby’s aim is to inspire more local residents to take the lead in experiencing, creating and participating in high quality arts and cultural activities.

As Corby is one of the fastest growing boroughs outside of London, the festivals are aptly inspired by themes of water, light and food – all essential ingredients for growth. The first of the festivals in July 2018 saw over eleven thousand people from Corby enjoying a wide range of performances, making and parading giant jellyfish and marveling at Saturday’s headline performance, Music Of The Spheres.

Grow Festival 2019 is inspired by the theme of food and feasting and will animate Corby’s town centre with hilarious street performers, magical family pop-up shows and spectacular art over the weekend of Sat 27 and Sun 28 July 2019.

On the Saturday the town centre will host music, dance, interactive installations, walkabout acts and performances for all the family. For the Sunday focus will shift to Coronation Park for a massive community feast sharing and celebrating the food and cultures of Corby.


As a culmination of Saturday’s activities in late afternoon there will be parade for members of the community, starting from outside the Corby Cube in James Ashworth VC Square, through Willow Place shopping centre, along Elizabeth Street and down into Coronation Park.

Responding to the theme of food we would like to commission an artist/s to work with different Corby communities to create a large-scale carnivalesque object / objects that can be processed as part of the parade; to deliver drop-in workshops throughout the build-up and on the Saturday itself to create smaller-scale processional objects which individual makers can carry as part of the parade and be presented together as part of the dressing for the Sunday feast.

Artist Brief:
Participatory Workshops and Carnival Images

We are looking for an artist or company to deliver these elements for this project:

  1. To create one or a number of large-scale parading carnival object/s inspired by the theme of food that will be paraded and then be part of the site décor of the Sunday feast. The process to include community workshops in advance of the event weekend (the coordination of which would be undertaken by Made in Corby). Storage spaces in Corby will be available in the weeks prior to Grow.
  2. Four half-day participatory workshops in specific community contexts identified by Made in Corby to create a food themed carryable item for the parade.
  3. Three, day-long, outdoor workshops at Corby Carnival 13th July; Corby Highland Gathering 14th July and on the Grow Saturday itself. Participatory workshops for families and young people to create a food themed carryable item, to participate within the parade which also can then be presented collectively as part of the site décor of the Sunday feast.

Artist Role – large item

  • Design and make large-scale object/s.
  • To run workshops in advance of the event weekend with community groups in the making of this large-scale object/s.
  • Complete the make at the event on Sat 27 July as a display for the public to watch.
  • Liaise with the festival Head of Production and Health and Safety to ensure the safe design of the object/s particularly for parading.
  • Identify the requirements for assistance in the parading of the object/s.
  • Be present and facilitate the safe carrying of the large-scale object/s.
  • Provide all materials.

Artist Role – small item

  • Design item/s, methods and techniques for community groups to make during participatory sessions for community groups which may be with elders, parents and toddlers, children, etc
  • On 13, 14 and 27 July provide adequate staff for a workshop tent to facilitate up to 30 people making at any one time. Additional support will be offered by Grow volunteers.
  • Provide all materials.
  • The objects needs to be light-weight and able to be easily clipped onto a display rope.
  • The objects should be able to be created on a drop-in, rolling basis with minimal artist guidance and in not more than 30mins.

How to Apply

Please send responses, detailing previous experience and work with community groups along with images and/or links to on-line galleries and video of works previously created. You should include initial visual design concepts (accurate, to scale drawings are not required at this stage). The items must respond to the theme of Food. All members working on the project must hold a recent DBS (issued within the last 3 years) and current, valid public liability insurance to a level of £2m.

Responses should be submitted by Fri 22 February 2019 to Festival Coordinator Steffy Clements –


The overall budget for all aspects of the work is £2,500 (including VAT if chargeable)

Please include a breakdown of your budget including artists fees, materials and resources, for all activities listed above and any travel and accommodation.

The contract will be between the successful artist and Groundwork Northamptonshire, the accountable body for Made in Corby.

This project is funded by the Constance Travis Endowment Fund via Northamptonshire Community Foundation.


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