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Artist Call Out: Flag Market Programme

Preston City Council is seeking proposals for an innovative and new event or activity to attract families into the City Centre and animate the Flag Market venue.

The Flag Market square is a fantastic asset for the city – with its flexible design and little fixed infrastructure, the open space is ideal for multi uses. Surrounded by the neoclassical Harris, the newly refurbished Cenotaph and in close proximity to the city’s administrative, cultural and leisure institutions, the Flag Market square commands a prominent location.

The Council has committed to a three year vision to develop the space as a venue and has outlined the following aims:

  • Increase the sense of community ownership by using the space through mixing events and leisure
  • ncrease footfall into the city centre and contributing to economic benefit Position the Flag Market as a cultural destination


Family Festival proposal:

Preston wants you to create a pop up Family Festival Day - Up to £1,000 is available for each date.

Preston City Council is seeking proposals for an innovative and new event or activity to attract families into the City Centre and animate the Flag Market venue.

This can take any form: interactive games, live theatre, mass participation dance, traditional or contemporary music, dynamic workshops. The sky is the limit; everything and anything aimed at families will be considered!

We want to fill the space, draw audiences in and ensure a big impact for the city so be as big and bold as possible.

The Harris is a key priority for the City Council and we are keen to see the Flag Market and Harris offer complement each other to deliver a strong visitor proposition.

Therefore you should consider how your proposal will link to the Harris and support the emerging vision to make the Harris a place of creativity and innovation and to provide great cultural experiences that are uniquely Lancastrian with a 21st century relevance and reflecting the wonderful diversity of Preston’s identity.

The Council will provide access to available equipment including outside PA system, gazebos, trailer stage and power. We will work with the appointed individual/organisation to ensure all the relevant H&S requirements are taken care of and appropriate event plans are in place.

We will choose proposals up to a maximum value of £1000 per available Saturday: 14th May / 21st May (suggested times 12noon – 4pm)

Individuals or Organisations applying must have Public Liability Insurance to a minimum indemnity of £5million and Employers Liability Insurance (where appropriate) to a minimum indemnity of £10million

The deadline for proposals is 12noon on Wednesday 27th April.

A panel will meet to score the proposals on Thursday 28th April.

We will announce the successful commissions on Friday 29th April.

Summer Programme proposal:

Preston wants to make the Flag Market a Saturday Summer destination - Up to £1,000 is available for each date

Preston City Council seeks proposals from the creative sector, artists or organisations to create new dynamic and high quality entertainment to animate the Flag Market and draw in audiences to the city centre every Saturday throughout the summer months.

A comprehensive programme of events is already in place and we are inviting artists and arts organisations to deliver a new event or large scale activity throughout the summer to complete the programme. You can submit a proposal for any number of the dates below from one off to the complete series.

We want to fill the space, draw audiences in and ensure a big impact for the city so be as creative and ambitious as possible.

We are looking for projects which offer value for money and can be new work or adaptations of existing projects.

The Harris is a key priority for the City Council http://www.preston.gov.uk/thecouncil/consultations/bright-new-vision-harris-museum-library/ and we are keen to see the Flag Market and Harris offer complement each other to deliver a strong visitor proposition. Therefore you should consider how your proposal will link to the Harris and support the emerging vision to make the Harris a place of creativity and innovation and to provide great cultural experiences that are uniquely Lancastrian with a 21st century relevance and reflecting the wonderful diversity of Preston’s identity.

The current Harris exhibition, Nothing Happens, Twice closes on Saturday 4th June. The Summer exhibition at the Harris is Painting with Rainbows – a family-friendly touring exhibition from Seven Stories in Newcastle of work by children’s illustrator, Michael Foreman, which opens on 9 July.
The Council will provide access to available equipment including outside PA system, gazebos, trailer stage and power. We will work with the appointed individual/organisation to ensure all the relevant H&S requirements are taken care of and appropriate event plans are in place.

We will choose proposals up to a maximum value of £1000 per available Saturday:

  • 4th June
  • 18th June
  • 2nd July
  • 9th July
  • 30th July
  • 6th August


(suggested times 12noon – 4pm)

The deadline for proposals is 12noon on Tuesday 3rd May

A panel will meet to score the proposals on Wednesday 4th May

We will announce the successful commissions on Thursday 5th May

Criteria

Proposals must demonstrate how they meet the Cultural Framework goals and in particular demonstrate quality, ambition and developing cultural audiences.

Your proposal must support on or more Cultural Frameworks goals:

  • Quality We aspire to achieve quality and excellence in the cultural life of Preston.
  • Participation & Inclusion


More people are involved in cultural activities as audiences, participants and creative producers.

Supporting Creativity Creative people and groups thrive in Preston.

Preston - A Cultural Centre Preston is recognised as the cultural hub of Central Lancashire.

Submissions & Deadline To apply please complete Contact Detail Application form and submit no more than one side of A4 (around 500 words) outlining the details of your proposal and how it meets Cultural Framework Goal(s). In addition you may want to include mock-ups and illustrations with your proposal/s.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Please send to: Rita Whitlock on r.whitlock@preston.gov.uk Alternatively, you can post hard copies to the attention to Rita Whitlock at: Events Team, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL.

If you want to discuss your proposal in advance of submission, please contact Rita Whitlock r.whitlock@preston.gov.uk 01772 903215

Download 'call_out_to_artists_and_organisation.pdf'