Bitesize Art Commission for South Tyneside

The Cultural Spring is seeking to commission up to four Bitesize arts projects that are able to tour to a range of community venues across South Tyneside.

The Commission  

The Cultural Spring would like to commission four bitesize pieces of theatre / new writing / participatory arts experiences (up to one hour each) to tour community venues across South Tyneside with the potential to be scaled up after this commission.

The idea is to offer a lunch and /or tea time performances (setting aside about half an hour beforehand for the meal).

The work should be developed between November 2017 and February 2018 with performances touring in a number of community venues across South Tyneside between February and March 2018.

We envisage minimal tech and staging with a week of rehearsals culminating in performances over five consecutive days in five different venues. Depending on the work produced there is the potential for a showcase of all the work created at the end of the event week.

Only shortlisted projects will be invited to interview.  

The panel for each interview will be made up of representatives from The Cultural Spring and local community arts champions

All artists contracted will be expected to have an enhanced DBS and Public Liability Insurance up to £5million cover.

To download the full brief please click here.


  • Thursday 12 October –Commission launched
  • Monday 13 November, 10am – Deadline for submissions (please send electronically to
  • Monday 20 November 2017 – Shortlisted artists invited for interview with commissioning partners & community arts champions.

Contact details

For further information, or to discuss a potential proposal, please contact The Cultural Spring email: or