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Call for Artist: The Wordsworths’ Moss Hut

Call for Artist: The Wordsworths’ Moss Hut

The Wordsworth Trust is looking for an artist to create a new interpretation of the Moss Hut built by William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. This Moss Hut will be the centre of an exciting community arts engagement project that will inspire communities worldwide to explore their own creativity and love of nature.
We are looking for an imaginative response that brings alive the spirit of the original hut. This new hut should embody the creative, social and environmental spirit of the original building through the creation of a portable hut to be erected at the newly redeveloped Wordsworth Trust site in Grasmere, due to open in April 2020. This new Moss Hut, designed for a contemporary audience, will act as the catalyst and inspiration for a wide-ranging engagement project, supporting community groups, schools and organisations to make their own Moss Huts, wherever they are in the world. This is a unique opportunity to inspire communities to engage with and gain greater appreciation for nature, wellbeing and creativity and bring attention to Wordsworth’s wish that people live in harmony with nature rather than destroying it.

What are we looking for from our artist?
We are looking for an artist with a commitment to sustainability and public engagement, the ability to communicate and share enthusiasm with a diverse range of groups and individuals, and an imaginative, creative response to our brief. The chosen artist will involve and engage volunteers in the design and creation of the Moss Hut. The artist will meet and work with volunteers interested in the Wordsworths and their worldview, in order to immerse the artist in the ideas and motivations of that inspired the original Moss Hut and the great poetry and prose created there. The artist will also be expected to have some involvement with the groups and organisations who take part in the engagement project: the manner of this involvement is open to suggestion. It could take the form of videos showing techniques or explaining the inspiration behind the prototype Moss Hut; it could be through artist-led sessions with selected groups; or through handbooks and manuals produced to work alongside the Moss Hut.
The prototype Moss Hut will be completed and installed by the end of May 2020.

A budget of £14,000 is available for the cost of this project. This breaks down into £8,000 of artists fees and £6,000 for materials and the creation of the Moss Hut.

The key dates for successfully submitting your proposal are;
– Brief open for submissions – Tuesday 1st October 2019 – Reimagining Wordsworth Open Day on site to welcome
artists, answer questions about the brief and learn more about
the project. This will be an informal drop in held between
2.00pm – 5.00pm at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, LA22 9SH – Thursday 31st October 2019(Optional)

– Deadline for submissions Wednesday 27th November 2019

Please create a proposal, including a statement of interest and examples of previous work, to hollie@culturesyndicates.co.uk by midnight on 27 November 2019.

Interviews will be held early December 2019.

In case of questions about submission timings or for further details regarding the Reimagining Wordsworth Open Day to be held on 31st October, please contact Marie Batty, (m.batty@wordsworth.org.uk) Senior Project Administrator, Reimagining Wordsworth Tel

For full details download the full brief: Call for Artist – The Wordsworths’ Moss Hut_final

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