Community Art Project: Call for Expressions of Interest

Community Art Project.


Project Brief

Artspace at Bradford Cathedral is offering a commission to a practising artist in any field to engage with the Cathedral community and wider Bradford communities, in an arts project in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a unique opportunity to capture the variety of thoughts and experiences of Bradford people as we attempt to “resume” our lives whilst still experiencing the effects of the pandemic and, through a creative medium, give opportunities for reflection, remembrance and healing.


The artist will:

  • create the concept and design for the artwork

  • coordinate and oversee the community response

  • hold participatory arts sessions to engage a wide variety of people connected to the Cathedral or working and living in the nearby area*

  • produce a regular update on the Bradford Cathedral website documenting the progress of the project, with a minimum of one update per month


The commissioned work will be shared online as well as in the setting of the Cathedral and so we welcome creativity in approach and various formats to map the progress of the project, such as video, soundscape, blogs, photography, text and more, using multiple platforms.

*The project is intended to involve participants from different social, cultural and religious backgrounds, ages and abilities. Participation in the project could be online, remotely, or in ways that follow social distancing measures and that could allow for participation of those that may not have access to the internet. Please ensure this is detailed in your proposal, if applicable.



This is envisaged as a five month project, from January-May 2021, and it will play a central role in the Cathedral’s commemoration events for the first anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic, from March 2021 onwards.

The timing and timescale of the project have also been specifically chosen to tie in with the Christian season of Lent, a period associated with suffering and lament, and with the culmination of the project coming in the Easter season, a period associated with new life, hope and joy.


Funding for the project

We will work with the artist on an Arts Council grant application for funding for the project and we commit to any match funding that is required for such an application.



Bradford Cathedral is the oldest building in the city and has been a site of Christian worship since the seventh century. Within its walls it holds both the story of Christianity and the story of Bradford and is uniquely placed at the heart of the city and its history. The Cathedral has its own active and vibrant community but it also has wider relationships and links and is part of a much broader set of partnerships in the city.

The project itself and the setting of Bradford Cathedral for the final piece, provide a powerful backdrop for the physical and emotional experiences and contributions of the participants, which will be communicated to the people of Bradford and beyond, to regular visitors and to new visitors who will be drawn by the new artwork and the project.

Artspace at Bradford Cathedral is a part of the activity of Bradford Cathedral, using the Arts to enhance the mission of the Cathedral. Artspace is overseen by a committee of staff and volunteers including representatives from the wider arts community in Bradford.


How to apply

Please include:

  • A proposal of no more than two A4 pages explaining: your idea; how you would approach the commission; how you would engage with the community; your experience of community art projects; an outline project budget

  • A description of the medium/media in which you intend to work with a clear description of any technology required

  • Your CV



Please submit your application to by 12.00pm Tuesday 3 November 2020.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning 9 November.

For any informal conversation, please contact Maggie Myers via email: