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Festé was created to celebrate the City of Derby, to bring people together and to use arts and culture to connect us in our shared passion for making Derby a great place to live and visit. 2020 has presented many challenges and has thrown us into unknown territories, meaning Festé cannot take place in its usual format in 2020.

Derby Well Re-dressed, is a trail of contemporary street dressings produced by artists and the general public, created with the aim of marking the return of people to the streets, shops and buildings of Derby. These “Dressings”, “Shrines”, “Memorials” and “interventions” will hopefully embrace our experiences, memories, hopes and ambitions – from Lockdown to Black Lives Matters and beyond. We are looking for 3 artists to create pieces of artwork to form part the core fabric of the street dressing of Derby.

By gently appropriating the traditional and unique Derbyshire WELL DRESSING format of creating a community artwork which adorn our town and village wells in the summer; Festé are looking for both traditional and contemporary takes on the Derbyshire Well Dressing – These could be in Dance, Performance, Painting, Sculpture, Video and Song. They could be created in traditional materials (Clay, flower petals, seeds and shells) or recycled from household items (rubber gloves, discarded masks, empty wine bottles!). They could be a response to Lockdown, a celebration of community, The NHS, Black Lives Matter, your family or a loved one lost…. However, you need to express yourself, we want you to transform the city, creating pathways and stories, memories and maybe a promise for a better future!

What are we looking for?

Who
We are looking for X3 artists – from a variety of disciplines to create three key pieces of work to form the fabric of the street dressing trail.

Design
Our minds are open to range of suggestions for potential pieces of work from traditional style well dressings to large scale paintings, graffiti walls to poems, sculptures to photographs we want to be as open as possible and work to facilitate your ideas in the best way we can. They could be created in traditional materials (Clay, flower petals, seeds and shells) or recycled from household items (rubber gloves, discarded masks, empty wine bottles!)

Themes
These “Dressings”, “Shrines”, “Memorials” and “interventions” will hopefully embrace our experiences, memories, hopes and ambitions – from Lockdown to Black Lives Matters and beyond. By gently appropriating the traditional and unique Derbyshire WELL DRESSING format of creating a community artwork. Festé are looking for both traditional and contemporary takes on the Derbyshire Well Dressing – These could be in Dance, Performance, Painting, Sculpture, Video and Song.

Scale
The scale of the piece of work created is open to discussion and will be affected by budget and potential sites for exhibiting. But we are open to a conversation once proposals have been discussed.

Location
The locations of the dressings will be indoors and outdoors so please consider appropriate materials.

Budget Artist Fee - £1000

Materials Budget - £250 - £500 (Confirmed on confirmation of successful applicant)

Disclaimer* Déda /Festé reserve the right to refuse submissions that cause offence.

How to apply?

Below we have outlined some instructions on how to apply for the opportunity and the information required:

  1. A short biography of you and your work.
  2. Explain your idea and why it fits with the Derby Well programme
  3. Your contacts details.
  4. Link to your work – current, historical or future.


This can be submitted in the following formats:

  1. In writing: no more than 4 pages of A4, font size 11 as either a word, notes or PDF.
  2. Video: no more than 4-minutes long.
  3. Audio recording: no more than 4-minutes long.

For those providing video and audio recordings please provide any relevant links or passwords to access the information. If you wish to apply in any other format, please feel free to contact Déda directly on the information provided below and we will make every attempt to accommodate your suggestion.

Contact Details

Please submit applications to Derby Festé at [email protected]

Key Dates

Deadline for applications: Monday 10th August 2020

Successful artists will be notified: Friday 14th August 2020

All applicants notified: Monday 17th August 2020

Final Design: 1st September 2020

Created by: 23rd September 2020

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