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Super Slow Way Merchandise open call

Super Slow Way is developing a range of creative merchandise to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, highlighting the heritage, creativity, crafts, people and places.

ARTIST CALL-OUT: MERCHANDISING PROPOSALS WANTED TO CELEBRATE 200 YEARS OF THE LEEDS & LIVERPOOL CANAL

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal powered the Industrial Revolution in Pennine Lancashire. 200 years on from the canal’s birth we want to stage a new creative revolution, this time powered by art and people.

Super Slow Way www.superslowway.org.uk is a major arts commissioning organisation, part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme. Its work is shaped by the people and communities of Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle in collaboration with local, national and international artists, and arts organisations based around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which is cared for by the charity Canal & River Trust.

As part of its ambitious programme, Super Slow Way is developing a range of creative merchandise to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, highlighting the heritage, creativity, crafts, people and places connected with it.

We aim to commission a range of creative products, including contemporary craft small batch production and limited editions, along with illustrative responses that can be used across a range of accessible manufactured goods.

We aim to commission a range of creative products, including contemporary craft small batch production and limited editions, along with illustrative responses that can be used across a range of accessible manufactured goods. While this is an open brief and we are happy to receive a wide range of responses. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that demonstrate
contemporary interpretations of traditional canal crafts, such as:

• Rag Rugs
• Quilting
• Cross Stitch/embroidery
• Crochet
• Decorative Knot / Rope work
• Brass / Copper ware
• Brightwork folk art
• Ribbon plates / ceramics
• Canal-themed clothing, footwear, accessories

We aim to create a range of goods within a broad price range, costing anything from £1 to £1000 for special limited edition products.

We are looking to commission up to ten artists and designer-makers working across a range of disciplines, but will seek to unify the range through a separate branding and packaging commission. We are also interested in products that have the potential to be produced on an on-going basis through a community making scheme.

An additional commission will focus specifically on an illustrative response to the canals bicentenary, which will be reproduced across a range of manufactured products such as tin ware, textiles, lighting, paper goods clothing and ceramics. Commissioned artists will receive a full named credit for their work within the product range and will be promoted via the Super Slow Way marketing and media channels. The finished range will be sold through a network of heritage and specialist craft and design outlets across the region and nationally, so there will be real potential for re-ordering and further development of successful products.

How to apply:

For limited edition/ craft products please send:

• Your CV, including email and telephone contact details
• A visual of your proposed product concept with a written narrative identifying how it connects with the theme
• A suggested product concept development fee, which should indicate day rate and number of days required
• Outline of wholesale price for product concept, as single items, and batches of ten, 50 and 100.
• A timescale for production
• A maximum of ten images of your existing work (please group images into 1 PDF file) For visual/illustration proposals please send:
• Your CV, including email and telephone contact details
• A visual of your proposed product concept with a written narrative identifying how it connects with the theme
• A visual sense of how the concept may be applied across a range of products
• A quote for the suggested fee to complete the work, including day rate and suggested number of days required
• A maximum of ten images of your existing work (please group images into 1 PDF file)

We are particularly keen to receive applications from artists, illustrators and designer-makers with connections to the Pennine Lancashire region or the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, but we are equally excited to receive proposals from practitioners across the UK who can offer a unique, contemporary and high quality interpretation of the theme.

Deadlines:

Deadline for proposals is Weds 17th February at 5pm

Please email proposals to Jenny Rutter, who is managing this project on behalf of Super Slow Way at jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk

If you have any questions or want to talk over your proposal concept prior to submission, please email jenny@jcrcreative.co.uk or call 07734351534.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to discuss their proposal further w/o 29th February and final commissions will be awarded by 4th March, with a suggested production timescale to allow products to launch in late spring/early summer 2016.

Further stimulus supporting information:

http://superslowway.org.uk/about/
http://waterwayscraftguild.org.uk/
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/
http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk/ll/
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network/leedsand-
liverpool-canal
http://www.canaljunction.com/narrowboat/art.htm
http://www.canaljunction.com/narrowboat/crochet.htm
http://www.canaljunction.com/narrowboat/ropework.htm
http://www.lockside-antiques.co.uk/Site/History_of_Ribbon_plates.html

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