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Large puppet at Corby Pole Fair 1982 ©Glyn Dobbs [Northants Telegraph]

6th December 2021

Artist callout for Corby Pole Fair 2022

Made With Many are looking for artist/s to create four larger-than-life puppets with local people for the Corby Pole Fair 2022.

About Corby Pole Fair 2022

The Pole Fair is a major community celebration, which will take place on Friday 3rd June 2022. This unique tradition comes around every 20 years, with the last Pole Fair last taking place in May 2002 on the Charter Field in Corby Old Village, attracting crowds of 30,000 to enjoy outdoor attractions, entertainment and of course, the reading of the Royal Charter at the three entrances to the village.

There are numerous traditions that take place at every fair, including a dawn parade with a reading of the town’s charter, floral gateways to the old village area of Corby, and a greasy pole competition. At the celebration of the Pole Fair in Corby every person entering the village has to pay a small toll or be carried over the stang to face the stocks. Previous fairs have also included markets, performances, historical re-enactments and a large fun fair.

We have ambitious plans to engage the whole town (& beyond!) in a full day of heritage, arts and community activities to make the fair a day for all to enjoy and remember for years to come. We envisage that at least 30,000 people will attend the event, with many ex-residents coming from afar to take part in the festivities. As such a unique event, we will also be working with both local and national press to promote the event and enhance the positive reputation of our area.

The fair is being organised by a steering group of local volunteers and cultural organisations, including Made With Many who have recently secured investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to make the fair happen and support heritage activity before, during and after the event.


We are looking for an artist/s to work with local community groups, including primary schools and nurseries, to create larger-than-life figures from the history of Corby.

Each figure will be co-created with a local group or school, with the artist delivering at least two half-day workshops to both create the puppet and explore the historical figure it portrays. The figures will then lead a community parade on the morning of the fair, being carried by the groups that helped to create them.

Further Information

Before you apply, download the full brief for details of the historical figures, artist requirements, fees, contractual information and how to apply.

Application Deadline

The closing date for this application is 9am on Tuesday 18th January 2022.

Equal Opportunities

Made With Many is committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. In support of this, we have an access budget available to disabled artists delivering aspects of our programme. If you require additional support to complete this contract, please outline these in your application. Any such requests will not affect the outcome of our decisions. If you require additional support in making an application, or would like this information in an alternative format, please contact the office on 01536 267895 or

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