This Place We Call Home Artistic Commission, East Durham Creates


‘This Place We Call Home’ is a three-cycle commissioning process 2018-2020 that will further establish East Durham’s reputation as a place that creates relevant, exciting and inspiring art.

Our approach will put collaborative working at its heart – bringing field-leading artists in to work with groups of people facing deprivation, isolation and unemployment. The artists we work with will share our passion for experimenting, fully understand what high-quality looks and feels like, take risks, be ambitious and open to having an enabling role: building our creative capacity with the aim of increasing long-term engagement.

Quality of participation and engagement processes, artistic product and audience experience is paramount to success and the building of creative, more deeply embedded legacies.

East Durham Creates is seeking to commission a major arts project for communities and audiences in East Durham.

This third cycle of commissioning will target YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 13-25 and their friends and families – audiences and participants (2019-2020).

The Commission  

East Durham Creates is one of twenty-one Creative People and Places projects across England and is managed by East Durham Trust, a pioneering poverty charity located in Peterlee. and

The commission will develop work that will be grown across East Durham with a series of or single culminatory event/s around April 2020.

Panels of local people – including young people - have helped shape our thinking around this third commission. They have informed us they would like the overarching art-form to be MUSIC.


There is a maximum budget of £50,000 available to the successful proposal. This figure is inclusive of VAT. This will need to cover all artistic and technical costs, engagement and participation costs, travel expenses, transportation of materials, PLI and DBS and any copyright permission required.

For a full commission brief (download), please visit For enquires please call 0191 518 5073 or email Ben Ayrton, Artistic Associate at

East Durham Creates is supported by of Arts Council England as part of their Creative People and Places programme.