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Make It – Arts Grants 2021

Artist commission – Flower Power

As we emerge from the last long lockdown - with the summer ahead of us - and the pandemic behind us, we are keen for our town centre to burst with signs of re-growth and colour.

We recognise how difficult this last year has been for everyone and how our spirits can be lifted by the infusion that nature can bring, so with that in mind, we are looking for an artist or artists to decorate the High Street sign in the town centre. We aim to have this commission in place by the middle of June and it will stay in situ until September.

In addition we would like the successful artist or artists to run workshops in the market throughout the summer based on the themes of their work.

This commission is part of the Blooming Lovely Festival - celebrating our town with all things floral. The theme for this commission is to embrace the power of nature to heal and to create a large - scale artwork intertwined or suspended from the heritage sign that makes an impact for the community and engenders joy and vibrancy.

Submissions are encouraged from artists and creatives who live or regularly work within the borough, professional or amateur, who have experience of working with the community and can deliver high quality and accessible projects that are durable and sustainable over a 3 month period.

The total fee is up to £2000

The project proposal must achieve the following objectives

  • To develop creative engagement opportunities for Gravesham communities
  • Offer a high quality, stimulating and inclusive activity for all ages and abilities to engage with
  • Be realistic and achievable
  • Be resilient to changing environmental factors

How to apply


A selection panel will review submissions and may invite a shortlist to take part in an on-line interview to answer any questions that may arise from the panel.

What to expect if you are selected

Successful submissions will be informed in writing and required to sign and return a Condition of Funding Agreement before any funds are processed. 90% of agreed funds will be issued and the final payment of 10% will be made once a Funding Evaluation Form has been returned to us. In accepting this grant offer, you will be agreeing to publicly acknowledge our support by using the council logo on all publicity which in turn must be approved by the council prior to release. Additional conditions of funding may apply.


23 April 2021

Additional information

  • All applicants will be required to have Public liability insurance and will have to submit a copy of this if selected.
  • If the project involves working outside in a public space or with the public, the artist or group will be required to complete a risk assessment, we can assist where necessary.
  • Depending on the chosen brief, please give thought to the materials being used and how they will be affected by the weather. It is also worth considering how the artwork can be recycled once disassembled.
  • Some locations, particularly Milton Chantry and the Fort Gardens are listed buildings / monuments and cannot have anything fixed to structures or embedded in the ground. If installations are outside, thoughts need to be made around alternative ways to secure artwork.


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