Call out for Punk 1976-78 Exhibition workshops

The Cultural Spring & Sunderland Library Service

Call out for Punk 1976-78 Exhibition workshops – November 2016

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  • Introduction

The Cultural Spring and Sunderland Library Service is seeking to commission two artists or arts organisations to deliver two workshop programmes based on the Punk 1976-78 Exhibition with local communities based across the Cultural Spring’s current and future wards.

  •  About the Exhibition:

Punk 1976-1978, starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, the exhibition explores punk’s early days in London and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside rare material from the archives held at Liverpool John Moores University, including items from England’s Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive. Punk: 1976-78 celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk, the exhibition explores its roots in the French Situationist movement and New York City art-rock scene through to the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, from their scandalous live appearance on early-evening TV programme Today to the furore around their alternative jubilee anthem God Save the Queen.

The exhibition also considers how the culturally and socially explosive phenomenon of punk rapidly transformed Britain’s musical landscape, playing a pivotal role in the rise of the independent music scene and challenging the conventional image of women in rock bands.

Drawing on the British Library’s extensive archives, the exhibition features a range of rare fanzines, unique flyers, exclusive audio recordings and original record sleeves, many of which have never been on public display before.

  • About the Cultural Spring

The Cultural Spring is the Arts Council England funded Creative People and Place Programme for North Sunderland and South Tyneside

The Cultural Spring currently works in ten wards in South Tyneside and North Sunderland – Biddick & All Saints, Boldon Colliery, Cleadon & East Boldon, Whitburn & Marsden, Whiteleas, Castle, Fulwell, Redhill, Southwick, and St Peter’s. These wards have a population of just under 100,000 people. In the new year this will change to working in ten new wards – Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Sandhill and St. Anne’s in Sunderland and Horsley Hill, Beacon and Bents, Simonside and Rekendyke, Monkton and Bede in South Tyneside.

Our aims are;

  1. Increase participation in our wards
  2. Enable excellent art to happen in our wards
  3. Create a lasting social and cultural legacy for Sunderland and South Tyneside
  4. Reflect and share learning
  • About Sunderland Library Service

Sunderland Library Services provide a range of stock and services to people who live, work or study within the city. The service is excited to be able to work in partnership with the British Library to bring the Punk 76-78 exhibition to Sunderland. This commission is a fantastic opportunity to engage residents and new audiences in the interpretation of the written word, either through literature, poetry, songs and music, alongside social and local history, the punk movement and politics in the north east, fashion design and journalism  by  undertaking some research and/or using resources from the library service.

  • The Workshop Commission

We are able to offer funding of up to £1,250 to each workshop programme. Two workshop projects in total. We expect this funding to cover ten, two hour workshop sessions, materials and all other costs. We are open to the art form used for the workshops and can build in a ‘Go and See’ opportunity for participants to visit the exhibition.

  •  Specification

Through these new commissions we hope to achieve

  • High quality, ambitious art projects with strong artistic integrity
  • Projects with a strong connection to the Punk 1976-78 exhibition
  • New opportunities for community members to get involved, participate and learn through doing art work that creates a high level of local excitement and pride, as well as attracting attention from beyond the area
  • Innovative approaches to building relationships and engaging with community participants –with low levels of cultural engagement – which result in an increase in the amount of people participating in arts and culture in our wards and visitors to the exhibition
  •  Timetable
  • Monday 14 November 2016 – commission launched
  • Monday 28 November 2016, 10am – deadline for submissions (please send electronically to michael.barrass@theculturalspring.org.uk)
  • Monday 5 December 2016 – Shortlisted artists invited for interview with commissioning partners & community arts champions.
  • Application

To apply please send the following in a single PDF or Word document to

michael.barrass@theculturalspring.org.uk including reference: Cultural Spring PUNK workshop in your email title

  1. Please describe your idea and approach to this Workshop programme (max 500 words)
  2. Please give a brief biography (max 200 words) of your work and for any key organisations and/or artists involved in your bid
  3. Please describe your approach to building partnerships and developing meaningful engagement with the local communities in the Cultural Spring wards to realise this proposal for 2016 (max 500 words)
  4. Please attach a proposed timeline
  5. Please attach a budget
  •  Selection

Through the application process we will assess the following –

  1. Quality and ambition of the artistic approach
  2. Artistic track record of the company and or individuals
  3. Quality of approach to building partnerships and developing engagement with the local communities
  4. Feasibility and deliverability
  5. Value for money

Shortlisted projects will be invited to interview. The panel for each interview will be made up of representatives from The Cultural Spring, Sunderland Library Service and local community arts champions.

  • Contact Details

For further information, or to discuss a potential proposal, please contact The Cultural Spring on 0191 427 8197 or email: Emma.Horsman@theculturalspring.org.uk / Michael.Barrass@theculturalspring.org.uk