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Artistic Commission



Call for Contributors

Up to £5000 is available to support outstanding contributions from local artists, for the inaugural Festival of the Sky. The application form can be completed online here.

This application is open to applicants wishing to create a variety of projects for the brand-new Festival of the Sky in Cleethorpes. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people based in North East Lincolnshire.
We are looking to support a diverse range of exceptional talent, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. We are looking to support anything from art installations, performance and film screenings, through to active and fitness-based events, wildlife focused activities, crafts and making workshops. 

Two funding strands are available to support your idea. If you are unsure which Band would be best suited to your project idea, please email

Funding Band 1:  4 x £5000 Commissions. Suitable for NEL-based experienced artists, organisations and practitioners, successful applicants will deliver exceptional, ambitious projects suitable for presenting outdoors, on the promenade, beach or in the Town Centre in Cleethorpes. 
Funding Band 2: An unspecified number of suitable projects costing up to £500 will also be supported through this application. Suitable for NEL-based early career artists, workshop practitioners, sports and well-being-based activity leaders, craft and community interest groups. Projects based in venues or outdoors will be eligible for Band 2 funding.

Applicants to both funding bands will be required to deliver projects during the Festival of the Sky, on 6-8th September 2019.

About Festival of the Sky
The inaugural Festival of the Sky will take place in Cleethorpes on the 6th to the 8th of September. Supported by the Coastal Communities Fund from CoastNEL and organized in partnership by festival specialists From the Fields Ltd and North East Lincolnshire Council, the aim is to create a largely un-ticketed, accessible and engaging event.

Festival of the Sky will bring together great arts and culture across the weekend, with free performances, activities and workshops for festival-goers of all ages. The event aims to appeal to those who enjoy the outdoors, particular around activities and the environment. The main ‘festival hub’ will be situated on the promenade and beach, with additional pop-up activity taking place throughout the town. It will attract regional audiences, as well as those further afield and combine traditions around activities around seaside experiences with culture and wellbeing-based content.

We are opening the door to creative, innovative and engaging ideas and performances including workshops, live stages, lectures, stalls and film screenings. The festival is themed around sky, flight, environment and discovery, and we are particularly keen to support ideas that reference this.


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