Commission opportunity …

The Cultural Spring is working in partnership with South Tyneside Council on the ‘Welcome Back’ project to encourage people back into South Shields Town Centre.

We are seeking to commission an artist to work with the local community to create a large scale and ambitious artwork that will go directly onto the pavement on King Street, South Shields.

We are looking to engage one creative practitioner, artist, illustrator or organisation to co-create a new piece of pavement artwork which will be 6m x 3m in King Street.

We are looking for a creative who will engage local people in this project through community engagement sessions. This project is about working together to co-create the final piece of artwork that will go directly on to the pavement and can be either permanent or temporary and whatever materials are used should not represent a slipping hazard to pedestrians.

The budget needs to include all time spent meeting and facilitating workshops and developing the artwork.

We are open to joint submissions from creative practitioners, artists and/or illustrators to come together and work with the community.

The Cultural Spring team will work with the successful artist / organisation and support the community engagement sessions. The contract and payments will be with South Tyneside Council.

There is the potential that there may also be an opportunity to create similar works with communities in Hebburn and Jarrow, this is funding dependent.


We are looking for an ambitious and exciting piece of artwork to be created. We expect the appointed artist to deliver a minimum of 4 days worth of engagement sessions or 8 half day sessions as part of this project between January and February 2022. The final artwork should be installed / completed by early March.

Please tell us what budget is needed to cover the full project, it needs to be inclusive of engagement sessions, materials, expenses, travel and VAT.


Through this commission we hope to achieve:

  • High quality, ambitious engagement with participants, creating work with strong artistic integrity.
  • A strong connection to our communities; responding to stories, everyday realities, places, people, histories, hopes and ambitions.
  • An opportunity for local people to see their ideas and stories be brought to life through the visual arts.
  • Innovative approaches to building relationships and engaging participants.
  • Create inspiring and exciting artwork


  • Commission launched Wednesday, December 15 2021
  • Deadline for Submissions. Submissions to be electronically emailed to  by 10am on Thursday, January 13 2022.
  • Shortlisted Artists will be interviewed Wednesday, January 19 2022.
  • Commission commences mid-January 2022.
  • Final artwork in place by Friday, March 18 2022


To apply please send the following in either:

  • a single PDF document or
  • a video sent via WeTransfer or a Dropbox link and should be a maximum of three minutes

to  including the reference:

King Street Art Commission in your email.

Please describe your idea and approach to this Commission (max 1000 words) include the following:

  1. What’s your idea of the artwork?
  2. Describe your approach to building partnerships and developing meaningful engagement with communities.
  3. How will you engage people and encourage them to collaborate with you on the artwork?
  4. Please give a brief biography (max 200 words) of your work and for any other artists/illustrators that will be involved with you in this commission
  5. Please attach a proposed timeline (include the contact days/workshops with the participants, planning, evaluation and visits)
  6. If you are proposing a temporary or permanent artwork and the expected lifespan of the piece?
  7. Please attach a detailed budget
  8. Please confirm that you have Public Liability Insurance cover of up to £5 million and Employers Liability Insurance (if you’re applying as an organisation). An enhanced DBS clearance will need to be in place (If you do not have an up to date DBS clearance this will need to be in place, if you are awarded this commission)
  9. Please also send us a completed Equal Opportunities Form, using this link:


Through the application process we will assess the following –

  1. Quality and ambition of the artistic approach
  2. Quality of approach to engagement with participants and your track record in this
  3. Feasibility and deliverability
  4. Value for money

Only shortlisted artists will be invited to interview. Shortlisting and interviews will be done via a community decision making panel.

Contact details 

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


Please note that, the office will be closed Friday, December 17, 2021 – Tuesday, January 4, 2022