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Artists invited to celebrate age in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

Artists invited to celebrate age in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

5th April 2018

New Vic Theatre, Keele University and Age UK North Staffordshire are on the hunt for artists to be part of a major project celebrating age.

The exciting opportunity will see five artists work with local community groups as part of Meet Me At Live Age, a New Vic, Keele University and Age UK North Staffordshire project which successfully launched last year to develop arts events and performances created by and for older people.

Artists are invited to submit a proposal to work in any artform – from performance pieces to digital artwork – that will engage, enthuse and bring out the creative potential of the community.

Working alongside local community groups, the successful artists will go on to showcase their work as part of the Live Age Festival, an annual celebration of creativity in later life which is set to be held in Stoke-on-Trent on 28 and 29 September at the New Vic and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

The successful artists will be dynamic individuals open to working inclusively with members of different communities to encourage engagement in creative work. Artists working locally, regionally and nationally are encouraged to apply.

The fee for each commission will be £2550 (inclusive of VAT and materials). Artists will begin working with their groups in June 2018 and will continue their commission through to November 2018.

To apply, artists should send the following to Isla Telford, Live Age coordinator, on by 12pm on Monday 23 April.

  • CV and examples of work
  • 350 words explaining why you are interested in the commission and outlining your approach to developing older people’s confidence, leadership and participation
  • A proposed schedule of how you might work with a community group in this time frame.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 May.

Community groups interested in working alongside the chosen artists are also being encouraged to apply to be part of the process. For further information, please contact Isla Telford on 07505 527230.

Article by Claire Walker

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