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Call out for Makers

We are looking for a range of artists, prop and theatre-makers, shadow artists and local crafts people to work in local schools and help create props and installations for a magical theatre show run by six schools in Shepton Mallet.

We are also looking for artists to lead a range of community workshops and installations for Window Wanderland taking place in Shepton Mallet March 6th – 8th 2020 run by The Art Bank, Make the Sunshine CiC and The Rubbish Art Project.

 

If you are interested in these opportunities please send:

  • Your CV

  • No more than one side of A4 detailing your relevant experience and which commissions you are interested in working on and why / what ideas you have for it

  • A copy of your DBS check (for working in schools)

 

 

Creative Commissions in Schools

 

  • Workshops will take place January and February 2020 in school time but can be arranged on suitable days to fit with the partner school and artist

  • All workshops will be with primary aged students 4-11 (Infant schools 4-7, Middle schools 7-11)

  • Materials can be sourced in advance and support provided with volunteers where necessary. Different elements can also be teacher-led and developed depending on the commission and elements can be prepared in advance of workshops if required.

 

We are especially keen to work with local artists.

 

To apply or for more information contact: makingthesunshine@gmail.com

Deadline: 9am, Sunday 12th January

 

www.makethesunshine.co.uk

Instagram: @makethesunshinecic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST COMMISSIONS

All the World’s Our Playground and Window Wanderland Shepton Mallet

5-8th March 2020

COMMISSION #1: TESCO: WINDOW WANDERLAND

THE BRIEF: We are looking for an artist to create a commission promoting Tesco’s community schemes: knit and chat, Snowdrop festival, providing sugar to support bees locally, happy landings animal charity, book donations scheme, their work with Field House Care Home and bags for life support to the community.

WHAT IT INVOLVES: Creating a design that fills one of Tesco’s window panes at the front of the store that will light up for Window Wanderland 2020

Initial meeting with Tesco to present outline design

Support installing window (Tesco to provide staff to facilitate with this)

Writing one blog post about the window and techniques to create one

THE BUDGET: £200

Funded by Tesco Shepton Mallet as part of Window Wanderland run by The Art Bank, Make the Sunshine CiC and The Rubbish Art Project

Meeting January, Installation 6th March 2020

COMMISSION #2: COMMUNITY MAKING WORKSHOP: WINDOW WANDERLAND

THE BRIEF: Explaining Window Wanderland process and supporting community to make small items and giving skills to make their own windows

WHAT IT INVOLVES: Talking about Window Wanderland and making small items with community, 1 x 4hr workshop plus set up at The Art Bank

THE BUDGET: £100

Funded by Somerset County Council Improving Lives Fund and Wells Festival of Literature as part of Window Wanderland run by The Art Bank, Make the Sunshine CiC and The Rubbish Art Project

Workshops February 2020

 

COMMISSION #3: SHEPTON MALLET INFANTS SCHOOL: ALL THE WORLD’S OUR PLAYGROUND

THE BRIEF: Creating small shadow boxes / houses out of recycled materials to appear like a lit-up townscape of Shepton Mallet

WHAT IT INVOLVES: 2 x 4hr workshops in a school in Shepton Mallet spread over 2 days (with support).

2hrs installation on Thursday 5th March. 3:30 – 5:30pm. All workshop materials are provided. Writing one blog post about the process. In January / February 2020.

THE BUDGET: £200

Funded by Arts Council England as part of All the World’s Our Playground run by Bowlish Infant School, Make the Sunshine CiC and five partner primary schools.

Workshops February 2020, Installation 5th March

COMMISSION #4: Creating under the sea puppetry themed shadow puppets ALL THE WORLD’S OUR PLAYGROUND

THE BRIEF: Creating under the sea themed shadow puppets and a giant whale with Bowlish Infant School.

WHAT IT INVOLVES: 2 x 4hr workshops in a school in Shepton Mallet spread over 2 days (with support). 2hrs installation on Friday 6th March. All workshop materials are provided. Writing one blog post about the process. In January / February 2020.

THE BUDGET: £200

Funded by Arts Council England as part of All the World’s Our Playground run by Bowlish Infant School, Make the Sunshine CiC and five partner primary schools.

Workshops January / February 2020

COMMISSION #5: STORIES THAT COME TO LIFE ALL THE WORLD’S OUR PLAYGROUND

THE BRIEF: Creating cut out silhouettes of key characters from books, classic fairy tale scenes for installations working with St Aldhelm’s School.

WHAT IT INVOLVES: 2 x 5hr workshops in a school in Shepton Mallet spread over 2 days (with support). In January / February 2020.

All workshop materials are provided.  Writing one blog post about the process. In January / February 2020.

THE BUDGET: £200

Funded by Arts Council England as part of All the World’s Our Playground run by Bowlish Infant School, Make the Sunshine CiC and five partner primary schools.

COMMISSION #6: Creating a giant circus puppet ALL THE WORLD’S OUR PLAYGROUND

THE BRIEF: Creating one large puppet or several bigger puppets with Stoke St Michael School

WHAT IT INVOLVES: 2 x 5hr workshops in a school in Shepton Mallet spread over 2 days (with support). In January / February 2020.

All workshop materials are provided. Writing one blog post about the process

THE BUDGET: £200

Funded by Arts Council England as part of All the World’s Our Playground run by Bowlish Infant School, Make the Sunshine CiC and five partner primary schools.

Workshops January / February 2020

MORE INFORMATION

What is Window Wanderland?

Window Wanderland is a magical community initiative that started in Bristol to turn everyday windows into a magical night time gallery. This will run concurrently from 6-8th March and is being run by The Art Bank, Make the Sunshine CiC and The Rubbish Art Project

What is All the World’s our Playground?

All the World’s our Playground allows children’s creativity to take over public spaces in their school and hometown, Shepton Mallet as well as allowing them access to a huge range of creative experiences and performances and to receive professional performing arts training, putting their imaginations and creativity centre stage. This will be the culmination of a year-long theatre programme in schools, playgrounds and public performance.

 

Overall aims of the project:

  • Introduce students to high quality theatre

  • Provide a range of in school performances and free performances in Shepton Mallet

  • Introduce students to puppetry and shadow puppetry

  • Enable students to start creating their own performance and learn about what makes a good story

  • Give students an insight into theatre programming

  • Offer students professional workshops in performing arts and making puppets

  • Create an immersive performance in March featuring all schools

 

How had it been created?

  • All the world’s our playground is an immersive performance created by over 900 children across Shepton Mallet led by Bowlish Infant School and Make the Sunshine CiC

  • Together 6 schools have worked with a storyteller to create a story about a young girl from Shepton who travels to many magical lands – this performance is all the children’s own words & creations

  • Students will also commission professional performers to help tell their story – acrobats, aerialists, children’s theatre companies, puppeteers etc – these will be based throughout the town centre and across St Paul’s school site

  • Students will work with professional artists, puppeteers and puppet makers and artists to create the set and props

 

Who is participating?

Bowlish Infant School, Shepton Mallet Infants, St Paul’s, Croscombe, Stoke St Michael and St Aldhelm’s.

 

It is run by students themselves, supported by Make the Sunshine and Bowlish Infant School and partner schools as well as lots of community partners, performers and groups.

 

The programme as a whole has been funded by The Arts Council, Literature Works, Shepton Mallet Town Council and Wells Festival of Literature