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Crafts Council in partnership with Thurrock Council are looking to commission a contemporary Craft Maker/ Designer in any craft discipline to create a temporary/permanent work for new housing at St Chards in Thurrock.

About the Project

Crafting the Future of Thurrock aims to develop a strong, confident, ambitious creative offer that builds local capacity, and is informed by the heritage and landscape of the towns and villages of this area. The project will create a vibrant place where local communities take pride in their surroundings, enabling wider participation, enhancing skills and encouraging experimentation and innovation. Crafting the Future of Thurrock seeks to engage local communities and businesses in a range of creative opportunities that recognise and respond to local needs. These opportunities will embrace the local urban and rural environment to build on the existing social and cultural capital of the area using the best of contemporary craft as catalyst.

Public Realm proposal

The Crafts Council in collaboration Thurrock Council and stakeholders from local communities seek to engage a maker to create and install temporary/permanent commission at the new development at St Chads. Applicants should consider their intervention to have a practical use to the community ideally for long term and materials with minimal maintenance requirements.

The commissioned maker will work alongside our lead artist Stefano Santilli and undertake a short period of research and consultation. This will include the delivery of two creative community consultation and engagement activities/workshops. The outcomes of the research will inform the design and production of contemporary craft interventions and/ or events responding to the environment, ambitions of the communities, businesses and partners.

The work should embrace local heritage, identity and place through engaging local communities and the selected makers should inspire and enrich the wider public realm.

The project should enable a craft maker/designer to create exciting, innovative intervention that extends and challenges their craft practice and use of materials.

The programme should be collaborative and enable skill sharing and capacity building.

The work should have a quality and integrity that creates a sense of place and presents the unexpected building on the existing and creating the new.

Budget: £6,200 total (inclusive of expenses and VAT)

Breakdown: Public Intervention: £5,500

Deliver 2 community workshops @ £350 each (inclusive of costs and materials)

Commissioned maker will be responsible for their own travel and day to day expenses to realise the project within the commissioning fee.

closing date

23. January 2017