Estuary 2020 Festival Artist Commission

Two emerging artists are invited to create new artistic responses to Estuary 2020 themes, with specific opportunities to develop and showcase work.

Estuary 2020 (18 September – 18 October) is the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the spectacular Thames Estuary. Taking place on the river itself, and along the 60 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, contemporary artworks and events explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the estuary.


Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Metal have joined together to create opportunities for two emerging artists within the Estuary 2020 festival programme at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon, one of four main hubs for Estuary 2020.

Two emerging artists are invited to create new artistic responses to Estuary 2020 themes, with specific opportunities to develop and showcase work.

1. Participation in acreative lab exchange week 6-9 April 2020, to join a cohort of artists working on the Wat Tyler site to exchange, learn and develop practice.

2. Ideas initiated during the exchange week are then developed for exhibition and high profile showcase at Wat Tyler during Estuary 2020 (18 September to 18 October 2020).

Artists appointed through this Open Call will join at least 6 other artists who have been invited to respond to the programme themes: Climate Change and The Environment and The Digital River.


Seeking UK-based artists working in any discipline. Specifically applications are encouraged from artists with:A strong participatory/socially engaged artistic practice

- Ability to participate in the creative exchange lab week (6-9 April 2020) and dates during Estuary 2020 festival

- Living and/or working in the UK

- Responsiveness to Commission Themes and Wat Tyler site as set out in this document

- The opportunity is used by the appointed artist to learn and stretch their practice, and this learning is shared.



Deadline: 23:59 on Friday 6 March 2020


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