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On this date, alongside Culture Central, and other West Midlands' arts organisations, we will release a series of digital micro commissions, each no more than sixty seconds long, across various social media platforms creating a region-wide celebration of hope, optimism and possibility for the future, and of the value in creativity and the arts.

We are looking to commission up to seven rural West Midlands artists to create sixty seconds of digital content responding to the provocation ‘It Gets Lighter From Here’ alongside their rural context. Three of the commissions will be awarded to artists from Warwickshire.

If you are an artist who considers yourself currently living or working in a rural context in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire or Warwickshire, then we want to hear from you!

The sixty-seconds of digital content can be in a variety of forms – audio, podcast, video, recorded or live. You could be a theatre or dance artist, a spoken word artist, filmmaker, digital artist, or a collaboration of artists.

It needs to be able to be shared on digital platforms, and can be created or recorded on your personal device or through technical equipment that is part of your practice.

All projects will be given development support. The final product will be edited and shared online via our digital platforms and across Culture Central’s network of West Midlands artists and organisations.

We are offering £250 per commission. 

Expression of Interest Deadline is: 10am on Friday 27th November 2020 

More information on how to apply below. 

Expressions of Interest

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To express an interest in being considered for this project, please email:

• an example of your work or a link to an example of your work

• a bit about you, your interest in the project, and your current rural context (up to 200 words)

• what would you make? Tell us your initial ideas (up to 200 words)

Send your EOI to scripts@pentabus.co.uk by 10am on Friday 27th November

If you have difficulty with a written application would rather send a visual Expression of Interest, please feel free to do so in the form of a short film of up to 2 minutes in length which answer the questions above, plus a link to your work. 


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Friday 27 November, 10am: Expressions of Interest Deadline

Tuesday 1 December: Artists commissioned

Tuesday 8 December, 10am: First content draft deadline

Wednesday 9 December: Notes and conversation with artists

Tuesday 15 December: Second/final draft of content

Wednesday 16 –  Friday 18th December: Editing

Monday 21 December: Release of content online

Other Application Information

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If you have content which is already created and fits the criteria, we are offering £50 for delivery rights and access, so just send us a link to the content to review and explain how it fits the criteria.

We are aware that the timeline is tight, so please ensure that you have the time to commit to the commissioning process. We do not envisage the creation of content to take more than 2 days work.

We are aware that we are currently underrepresented in terms of Black and Asian and other ethnically diverse artists, as well as those who identify as D/deaf and disabled. We are committed to addressing this lack of diversity, and actively encourage applicants from these backgrounds.