Severn Arts is pleased to announce that applications are now open for two commissions of £600, open to artists working across any art form who are keen to get involved in a cross-arts collaboration - #SpringIsCalling.

The weekend of the 20 March 2021 will mark a year since the first lockdown in England, the closure of theatres and the moment the cultural sector pressed pause due to Covid-19. Falling on the same date this year is also World Storytelling Day and the Spring Equinox.

Severn Arts and other arts organisations across the West Midlands are inviting artists and audiences to join forces on this date in a moment of cultural realignment; a chance to celebrate beginnings or continuations, and a key time to continue charting a path of collaborative online and live events for audiences.

Of the Spring Equinox, performing artist Tyrone Huggins writes:

It is the time of the quickening of the energy of the earth under our feet. It has been characterised as the ‘thunder in the earth’, when seeds are shocked into germination. A time of the awakening and the return of the Sun gods. The reconstitution of what has been broken or disassembled in spiritual and creative blockage. The restoration of creative forces and creative flow with fruitful manifestation.”

The commission

Severn Arts seeks to commission two artists – aged 18+, at any stage in their career and with any art form focus – for two creative collaborations with artists from differing artistic backgrounds. Together, artists will develop and co-create new artistic work exploring themes around the Spring Equinox, i.e. nature, spring, outdoors, reflection, restarting and growth. 

Successful artists will be paired with another artist they haven’t worked with before. Therefore, collaborations may take the form of a musician working with a dancer, a poet working with a visual artist, a beatboxer working with an actor... Any artistic collaboration that might be new to you, as the artist, is encouraged. 

As part of the collaborations, artists will work with a videographer to produce a short 3-minute film, to be shared across social media platforms on the weekend of the 20th March 2021. The format of the film is open to interpretation, but must showcase a cross-arts, collaborative process of making new work together. It is an opportunity for artists to explore how their artistic practices intersect, to develop their artistic skills, and to learn more about collaborative work processes during a time of enforced digital creativity. This is a good opportunity for artists who haven’t worked collaboratively before.

Commissions are valued at £600 each.

The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday 21 February 2021.

Download application form

Further information

#SpringIsCalling collaboration timeline
#SpringIsCalling filmmaker commission

For more information, please contact Joanna Freeman on [email protected]