Artist Commission, Lakeland Arts

Artist Commission, Lakeland Arts






by November 2021


Naomi Gariff


Artist Commission, Lakeland Arts

Are you a creative practitioner or artist living in, working in or from Cumbria? We need you to explore the themes of class and Covid in Cumbria as part of our Winter 2021 programming at Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house.

In partnership with The Currell Collection, Class, Covid and Cumbria (22 October 2021–27 February 2022) brings together important work by Grayson Perry, photography by local legend Joseph Hardman, and works by community groups through the Lakeland Arts MEND project, to explore Cumbrian experiences of the pandemic. This dynamic programme of displays, events and community work will delve into the impacts of location, isolation, and class on the Cumbrian Covid experience, highlighting voices from across the county.

Your work will respond to these important themes and can be produced in any media. The work will act as an intervention across Blackwell, an exquisite Grade I listed Arts & Crafts house in the heart of the South Lakes. Proposals should be sensitive to the historic fabric of the building in terms of fixtures and fittings. Exterior proposals will be considered, though their ability to hold up to the Cumbrian weather will be essential.

The commission fee for this project is £10,000 (inc. VAT) and is inclusive of all materials, delivery, travel costs and expenses. Works can be produced in any medium, but must be sympathetic to Blackwell's Grade I listed status.

The completion date for the commission will be Sunday 14 November 2021.

A location pack and commission timeline are available on the Lakeland Arts webstie, as well as information about how to submit your proposal. Please visit

The deadline for submissions is 10pm, Friday 16 July 2021.

For more information or to arrange an informal chat, please contact Naomi Gariff, Programme Curator at