Call-out for artist to lead creative exploration of Leicester and Derby, in collaboration with Derby Theatre

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Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester and Derby Theatre are looking for a lead artist to facilitate an intriguing engagement project which reflects the diverse make-up of their cities, which will result in a funded Creative Fellowship being offered by Attenborough Arts Centre.

This exciting new project, which, as a starting point, poses questions about how people feel about the city where they live, what they love and hate about it, and what would they change about if it they could, explores creative approaches to understanding where we live and work, and how they make us feel.

Call-out for a Lead Artist

Both venues are excited to be offering this fantastic opportunity, for an artist to be funded as a Creative Fellow to work with academics in the fields of psychology, human geography and urban design to co-create this engagement opportunity with the people of Derby and Leicester.

We are looking for an artist who can lead on the project, and forge genuine connections with the range of people who will be engaged in conversations, to create an accessible, digital output to share what has been explored.

Are there similarities between our cities?

In what way are they different?

How can this best be captured to share back our stories and experiences in a way that celebrates new ways of imagining our spaces and how we feel within them?


We expect this project to take 6 months and for the lead artist to be able to create a digital output that has been designed with accessibility and relevance to our diverse cultural communities from the start.

We expect the artist to be able to manage this project effectively to allow engagement between Derby and Leicester, and for the artist to take a keen interest in collaborating with academics to inform the contexts within which a variety of conversations can take place.

The successful lead artist will be funded as a Creative Fellow at the Attenborough Arts Centre through Welcome Trust ISSF with a total budget of £9,000 available for the entire piece.

This includes artist time, other partners, funds required to create the digitally accessible content and any other materials required for the work to complete.

How to Apply

If you are interested in being considered as the lead artist for this project, please contact Marie Nugent at: stating your name, location and some examples of your previous work and experience that relates to this project that you believe makes you an ideal candidate.

Closing date: Monday 31 May, 5pm.

Marie will be in touch with applicants shortly after the closing date. We are looking for the successful candidate to commence the role at some point in June.

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