Festival site decor commission

The Festival of Brilliant

OUTSIDE is working with a steering group of local teachers, librarians, authors and young people to create a new children’s book festival in Biddulph – The Festival of Brilliant.

We believe that books and stories have the power to change the world. Our ambition is to inspire more children and young people from the Staffordshire Moorlands to experience the benefits and enrichment of reading for pleasure.

Over two days in July 2024, we will welcome thousands of people to the enchanting Biddulph Old Hall to introduce them to a world of books and stories. We want to feed their imagination and encourage them to suspend their disbelief.

We’re commissioning local artists to help us create some book themed décor and installations. We’re looking for a range of scales, sizes and installations for both indoors and outdoors (mostly outdoors). Applications can be from an individual or from a group. We welcome applications that have been co-created by local communities.

We have a number of commissions ranging from £100 to £500. Artists can submit more than one idea.

Here’s a selection of the kinds of things we like: pin.it/25LuQ1EMH

Deadline for submission: 6th May 2024

Installation: 11th July 2024

We will prioritise applications that come from individuals and groups who live within the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Proposals will be chosen by our steering group. We will score applications based on ambition, quality, experience and sustainability.

Please enclose links to any previous work or projects.

To apply, please submit your application (including the below information) by email with any accompanying documents to hello@outsidearts.org by 6th May 2024.

Applicant Questions:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Address
  • Proposal (no more than 500 words)
  • Tell us about how you would approach the brief
  • Is there anything particular that you may need support with?
  • Please send a CV or link to your existing work/website
  • If you would prefer, you can also apply by emailing links to video or audio formats (up to 3 minutes only)
  • Budget

For any questions, enquiries or support, please email hello@outsidearts.org with the subject line ‘book decor commission’

Please also submit this anonymised EDI form: OUTSIDE Diversity Monitoring


Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash