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ARTIST CALL OUT: Community Carnival costume artist

The Community Carnival has a longstanding history as part of the Stockton International Riverside Festival, both now in their 32rd year. The local community is already building in excitement and energy and will shortly begin work on their costumes, music and performances before exploding onto Stockton High Street to entertain an ever-increasing audience who marvel at the display each August.

We are continuously looking to diversify our creative team who work alongside the varied community groups in the lead up to the parade, to produce unique costumes, accessories and/or structures. If this is something you would like to be part of, we are currently recruiting for an additional artist, who will work between now and the event on these elements. The artist will be expected to have the flair, vision and experience to design and deliver work to a high standard.

Vision for Carnival 2019:
Each year, the creative team are driven by a central theme that inspires the content in the parade. The theme for 2019 is Tales of the Tees Valley; not only looking back at some of the achievements – big and small – in local industry, identity and innovation, but more broadly at each of our personal tales, and those we wish to tell in the future.

Artist brief:
Stockton Borough Council are looking to appoint a new artist to design and produce the visual content of SIRF Community Carnival alongside our existing creative team.
The artist will be expected to have the vision, drive and experience to design and deliver costumes and other creative elements to a high standard and be able to work independently with group leaders to produce such work.
Experience across the disciplines of carnival arts and costume making as well as production of 3D carnival structures are highly desired.

Roles and responsibilities


  • Work with Arts Coordinator, creative team and community leaders to design and produce carnival costumes (and structures if possible.)
  • Design and deliver a programme of carnival workshops with school /community groups within Stockton to produce costume/headdress/structures.
  • Supply the necessary materials and tools for delivery of workshops
  • Undertake role of mentor and provide training, support and advice where required.
  • Attend project steering group meetings where required.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of project delivery
  • Adhere to health & safety requirements and procedures
  • Work to a child protection policy agreed by the Council
  • To have a current DBS disclosure
  • To carry a minimum of £5,000,000 Public Liability Insurance cover

Stockton Borough Council:

  • The Arts Coordinator will source, liaise with and co-ordinate groups participating in the Carnival
  • Arrangement of suitable venues for carnival activity
  • Arrangement and administration of meetings
  • Collection and collation of participant data
  • Organisation and funding of necessary transport
  • Oversee the technical and safety aspects of Carnival delivery as part of SIRF with regards stewarding, road closures etc.

Project Budget:
Each artist will be paid a fee per workshop delivered, with an additional budget allocated for materials. The fee is relative to the type of activity delivered, e.g. full costume, accessories, props, and is also dependant on the size of the group, which is usually between 10-30 students.

Fees include all elements of the role including the research and design process, administration, workshop delivery & costume/structure production and/or finishing.

Additional funding is available for technical assistance where required.

Project Timetable:

Stage Notes Timetable
Short listing Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 4 March March
Interviews Informal interviews will take place on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March March
Appointment Artists will be appointed and contracted March
Design Following discussions with group leaders and personal research. Artists’ will be required to submit initial designs to the Arts Coordinator by Monday 13 May.
Final design with any changes to be made due Friday 17 May
13 May

17 May

Creative team meeting The artist will be required to attend Carnival planning and evaluation meetings where appropriate
Community workshop delivery & production of costume & structures Schedule to be agreed with the artist
Costumes to be completed by Friday 19 July for choreography sessions.
Structures will be built in the two weeks prior to Carnival delivery.
19 July/20 July – 2 Aug
Carnival event SIRF 2019 will be held from 1 -4 August. The Community Carnival is on Saturday 3 August. 3 August
Evaluation Artists to attend evaluation meeting August/Sept-date TBC.

Selection Criteria:
The appointed artist will be the person who best satisfies the following person specification/criteria;

    • Experience and understanding of carnival costume/structure design
    • Strong design skills
    • Experience of working on projects of a similar scale
    • Experience of delivering workshops within school/community settings
    • Strong team working and leadership skills
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • Current driving license and access to a vehicle

We welcome applications from artists based in the North East/Tees Valley, as well as artists from diverse backgrounds, including BAME, LGBQT artists and those who identify as Deaf or Disabled.

Application Process:
Applications must include a current CV, photographs of previous work, as well as any design drawings or inclusion of your visual portfolio. Please include any parade/carnival or comparable costumes. Any links to videos are also welcome.

Closing date for application: 5pm on Monday 4 March 2019
Interview dates: 11 and 12 March

Please send your applications to Eilysh.Toose@stockton.gov.uk or to;
Eilysh Toose, Arts Coordinator (Programming)
Stockton Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1XE

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