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CALL OUT: Summer in the CIQ

We are pleased to share that micro-commissions are available for Sheffield-based artists and creatives to take part in the forthcoming Summer in the CIQ festival. The festival will feature four ‘Weekenders’ of family-friendly and inclusive cultural activity, and we're looking for local artists to get involved. The micro-commissions offer a fixed fee of £1,500 (incl VAT) and a budget of up to £1000 for production and materials.

We are looking to support locally based artists and creatives to deliver activity responding to three of our Weekender themes: Urban Futures, Street Art/Public Art, or Sustainability.

This is a supported opportunity and creative responses could include but are not limited to; art in the public realm, performance, interdisciplinary participatory workshops, screenings or installations that require the use of a partner venue within the Creative Industries Quarter.

About Summer in the CIQ

Summer in the CIQ is a celebration of all the amazing things that go on in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter. Each of the four Summer in the CIQ Weekenders will be made up of workshops, experiences, exhibitions, screenings, performances and more – with the CIQ Square (opposite Site Gallery and The Workstation) acting as a central hub at the heart of the action. The square will be transformed into an outdoor venue where visitors can hang out, purchase food and drink, and take part in a variety of free activities.

The events will also be spread across at least 10 locations within the area including cultural venues, cafes, bars and studios. Visitors can take part in creative workshops, learn new skills, get involved with family and children’s activities and a physical trail through the quarter. The programme will be widely marketed, through project partners and the council, and all visitors will receive a map and programme for everything there is to experience over each Weekender.

More information about Summer in the CIQ is available here.

How to apply

Download and read the application pack below before making an application. The document includes all the relevant information you might need.

You will need to submit:

1. A short CV featuring any relevant experience/transferable skills

2. A brief covering letter (no more than 500 words) outlining:

  • A loose proposal in response to an identified Weekender theme (either Urban Futures, Street Art/Public Art or Sustainability).
  • An early approach to the planning and development of the idea to indicate an understanding of the processes involved.

3. Complete this anonymous Equal Opportunities Monitoring form*.

* We ask all applicants for paid and voluntary roles to complete this monitoring form so that we can better understand the reach and fairness of our recruitment process. Data is anonymous and not linked to your application form.

Please submit your application to Tyler Mellins via email, referencing the email subject as ‘Micro-commissions application’:


Closing date for applications is midnight, Wednesday 11th May 2022.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by Monday 16th May 2022.

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