A key part of The Arches-Worcester project and the Festivals programme is to create roles that are attractive to graduates, providing opportunities for skills development and strengthening and growing the creative sector in Worcester.

Graduate commissions 2020

artist Thomas Brown in discussion

Thomas Brown was awarded the graduate commission opportunity for Light Night Worcester, the first of the new festivals taking place in 2020.

Thomas’s proposal, submitted in response to a call out for an original, creative, digital/light performance or installation wowed the selection panel with its ambition and clear portrayal of the Festival theme, connections.

When I saw the Light Night Worcester commission opportunity, I knew I had to go for it – to have the chance to make more video art in such a beautiful city, with its people, for its people – it is the best first step into the arts industry I could have wished for. I am looking forward to working with the Festivals team to produce my next video installation.

Thomas Brown

artist Emily Hett with her work

Emily Hett was awarded the second graduate commission opportunity. Emily’s sculptural proposal encourages people to think about the changing world around them and how we can repurpose and recycle old, discarded materials to make something new that creates joy, which is at the heart of her work. 

I hope the experience will give me the skills and knowledge to help bridge the gap between academia and the art industry to becoming a professional artist. Having recently moved to the Midlands, I also hope this opportunity will help me connect with the artist community within Worcester and create further opportunities to possibly collaborate on future projects and contribute to exciting cultural events such as The Arches Worcester Festivals programme.

Emily Hett