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Contains Art: 2019 Artistic Commissions

During 2019 Contains Art will be preparing for its capital re-development and intends to deliver its artistic programme across the town of Watchet, Somerset, and surroundings locally. It wishes to invite proposals from artists for three separate commissions, May to October.

We are inviting artists to submit proposals for three separate commissions. These will need to respond to one or more of our on-going programme themes of Community, Identity, Place and Nature. We are also seeking proposals that will encourage the devising of different types of work - digital, performance or the involvement of young people. A proposal might be based on more than one of these, (for example digital and performance), but we want you to say which type of work best describes your submission. 

Therefore, in devising your proposal, we ask artists to take into consideration the following:

- our overall programme aims (see commissions brief),

- how your proposal relates to one or more of our programme themes

- if the commission you are submitting fits with one of three areas – digital, performance or working with young people

- how your proposal is relevant to our overall commissioning context, including its ability to engage with our audiences and communities, (see further information on Contains Art and Watchet annotated in the commissions brief).

- What type of site you wish to research or occupy – sites across the town may be used, see Further Information in commissions brief 

Commission Budgets

Contains Art CIC is offering the following fees (inclusive of any VAT) to cover artists fee(s), materials, equipment, expenses and travel:
Digital – Up to £4,000
Performance - £3,000

Engaging Young People - £3,000

This amount will be paid as follows:

- £1,500 for each commission by transfer on invoice from the Artist(s) after signature of contract
- £1,000 for the digital commission in recognition of the likely need to purchase or hire equipment, to be agreed
- £1,500 for each commission by transfer on invoice from the Artist(s) on the opening of the exhibition.

These commissions are part funded by Arts Council England.

The deadline for submissions is 6th August 2018 at 10am

Full information, commissions brief and application form:

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Arts Mansion: Take Your Child to Work Day

Mon, 20/08/2018

Summer holidays are upon us and with it the conundrum of balancing quality holiday time with working freelance. Artspace Lifespace would like to welcome freelance and creatives to Arts Mansion on 20th August. We will be opening up the Music Room and Panelled Lounges as co-working spaces for the day where you and your aspiring young creatives can network with other young creatives. 

The Music Room will be set up with tables and chairs with colouring sheets and colouring pencils and we will put out a selection of games such as badminton, jenga and space hoppers on the lawn for kids to enjoy. We also plan to show a selection of short films throughout the day. The panelled lounges will be set up as quieter spaces where parents can send emails, make phone calls or have 1:1 meetings. 

If you or your child would like to volunteer to run a skill share session for parents or children then please let us know and we will create timeslots for different activities to take place. Whether you want your kids to have a workshop making animals out of playdough, a place to trade pokemon cards or a table for board games then we'd love for you to make it happen. We want the space to be one where parents and children have an opportunity to interact and use their imagination. 

Parents will also be able to accompany their children to the Rose Garden to participate in the Rose Garden Safari for Little Explorers. Worksheets are available from the Courtyard Cafe (suggested donation of 50p which is donated to the Grand Appeal). 


Will there be creche facilities? 

Please note that there will be no creche facilities, parents are responsible for supervising their own children. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no minimum age requirements. Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilets by the Great Hall entrance. 

Is there an entry fee? 

There is no entry fee but we suggest a donation of £2 per child. You can donate on the door or via Wonderful (100% of the proceeds go directly to us). 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public Transport: First operates a bus from Bristol to Ashton Court every 20 minutes.

By Car: 2 miles from the city centre to the west, off the A369 to Portishead. Entrances at Bower Ashton, Long Ashton and Leigh Woods.

The car park in front of the courtyard cafe costs £1.20 per day.

Will there be any food provided at the event?

No food or drink refreshments are provided. Please come prepared. The Courtyard Cafe opens from 10am and you are welcome to bring your own picnics and snacks. Please Keep it Tidy and pack it in, pack it out. 

Is there internet on site? 

There is an open internet network which participants are welcome to use. 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email

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