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England’s Creative Coast
(ECC) is a large-scale arts and tourism programme across Essex, Kent and East Sussex led by Turner Contemporary, working with some of the major arts organisations in the region. Metal are the lead arts partner in Essex. As well as delivering seven international commissions in the region, ECC are supporting a Local Engagement programme in each area. The Local Engagement Programmes connect local people with the project, the new art commission and offer a way for them to share their stories and experiences on what makes Essex distinct in terms of its coastal location, all to engage visitors and inspire a sense of place.

As part of the Essex Local Engagement Programme, we are looking for an artist for whom text and words are a central element of their practice (you might be a visual artist who works with words and text, a writer or a poet for example) to work with and activate six new geocaches (hidden content found as part of a digital treasure hunt) located along the Essex coast from Southend-on-Sea to Harwich. 

We are looking for innovative, playful and participatory ideas that ask people to actively engage with the places where the geocaches are located, connecting the stories of local Essex people with visitors and with the international commission sited in Shoeburyness.

This commission is offered through a partnership between Turner Contemporary and Metal (lead partners) – alongside a broader partnership with Essex County Council; Rochford District Council (Wallasea Island);  Southend-on-Sea Borough Council;  Visit Essex; Martello Tower – Jaywick;  Naze Tower – Walton on the Naze and Harwich Festival.

The partnership is looking for an artist for whom working with text/writing/language/ is an integral part of their practice to devise and lead an engagement programme that will work with local people to create and animate their new geocaches. These geocaches will form a Trail to encourage visitors to travel between them, forming the Essex part of the ‘GeoTour’.

No prior knowledge of geocaching is necessary – a local geocaching expert will be available to offer advice throughout the project.

The fee offered for this commission is £4,000 including VAT. Travel expenses of up to £1,000 will also be covered.

DOWNLOAD the full commission brief HERE.

DEADLINE to apply: FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2020.

Please apply using the application form below.