HOME Slough Trading Estate Artist Commission 2017

HOME Slough Trading Estate Artist Commission 2017

Total fund £15,000



HOME Slough’s Trading Estate Artist Commission will engage the local workforce who mainly leave Slough at the end of the working day. It will offer a thrilling and unusual event that connects the trading estate’s workers with the town in a new way. It will directly challenge negative perceptions of Slough and illuminate the potential for a cultural offer that encourages people to socialise and be entertained in Slough.


Nature of the artistic outcome 

The starting point for this commission is exploring the flip side of the trading estate as a place of work and exploring its physical terrain as a place of play.

“Video games have a lot to teach us about creating experiences that are engaging, thought-provoking, fun, in a format that is both widely recognisable and appealing.” Sofia Romualdo, The Curious Curator

HOME invites artists using technology and performance to create a game-like experience for audiences that will animate the trading estate in an unusual and exciting way for people who work there and for the wider local/regional audience. This type of work has been pioneered and influenced by Blast Theory who orchestrate events ‘that defy easy categorisation and break the boundaries between creators and their audience”.

We are open to artist’s ideas and to having a discussion with them to develop the best project for Slough. The information contained in this brief can be seen as a starting point from which to develop ideas further and support ambition. We ask artists to consider our vision and aims, the Slough trading estate landscape and our local population and businesses who should feel a sense of ownership and pride in the work. With this focus we do not want to pre-empt the outcome or limit ambition.

This will be a ticketed, early evening autumn event inspired by video games that will be presented over three evenings. We will identify a hub venue where pop-up bar and catering could be available, e.g. Aspire Slough, which has an attractive space and outdoor area.


The budget 

HOME Slough has up to £15,000 available for this commission.

Proposals should include all costs: artist and project management fees, materials, marketing design costs, hire of equipment, insurance, installation and VAT. The event will be ticketed – something which is new for HOME Slough. Box office will be managed will be managed through the Curve or Eventbrite and tickets will be priced at approximately £10 with concessions for party bookings and unwaged.


Project management 

The overarching project management is the responsibility of the HOME Programme Manager, Milan Govedarica. The artist/arts organisation will be responsible for the management of their own project. HOME will also be able to support the project with input from the Community Engagement Coordinator who works with our community ambassadors - the Creative Connectors and liaises with arts, community and cultural organisations in Slough.


Time frame 

The project should be delivered between October and December 2017. It could be linked to seasonal activity around Halloween. It could be marketed to local businesses as part of their Christmas party events for staff.


Selection criteria 

Applicants for HOME Slough artist commissions can be either individual artists or arts organisations who can meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Track record of working in collaboration with local communities on arts projects, knowledge of co-creation processes and a demonstrable commitment to artist led community engagement.
  2. Experience of successfully managing high quality, participatory projects in the public realm with evidence of managing projects to time and budget
  3. A demonstrable understanding of the issues around barriers to participation in the arts.
  4. Successful track record of delivering artistically excellent large scale participation projects and managing complex partnerships and multiple stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrable knowledge and expertise in tackling production and engagement challenges associated with working in public realm/non-traditional arts spaces.


Selection process and who to contact

Proposals should be submitted by 5:00pm, 17 July 2017. 

Your project must be summarised on two sides of A4 and indicate how it will address HOME aims. Please include relevant appendices and links containing images, drawings, etc.

Please email applications to info@homeslough.org.uk


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If you have any questions please contact: milan@homeslough.org.uk

Telephone 01753 571 093