Make it - Arts Grants

Last updated on: 12-Nov-2021

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Gravesham Borough Council is pleased to announce the return of the Make it – Arts Grants funding programme which offers financial support to local artists and creatives in the borough.

This new round of funding is focussed on the forthcoming festive season and we are keen for our town to shine bright and celebrate being together once more.

The Commission - "Twinkle Twinkle"

"Twinkle-Twinkle" is an open artist commission to create a galaxy of stars for the inaugural exhibition in St George’s Arts Centre throughout December 2021.

This coming December we are excited to be opening a new exhibition space in St George’s Shopping Centre in Gravesend town centre. The new gallery opens just in time for our Christmas celebrations and we want to create a mesmerising galaxy of stars inside. The commissioned artist will be invited to create their own star centre piece(s) from sustainable or recycled materials. These stars will be the focal point of the entire exhibition, they can be lit from inside or out and can be 2 or 3 dimensional, they just have to be eye catching and awe inspiring. You will also be invited to work with members of the community throughout November to create their own constellations that can be exhibited alongside the central star to create a Galaxy in Gravesend.

St George’s Arts Centre has the perfect ceiling for suspending our Galaxy and the exhibition will be in place throughout the whole of December. The selected artist (s) will be responsible for installing and removing the artwork.

Submissions are encouraged from artists and creatives who live or regularly work within the borough, professional or amateur who have experience of working within the community and can deliver high quality and accessible projects. Collaborations between artists are also accepted.

The total grant fee is up to £2000

Delivery timescale

Project submission deadline: 27 October

Creation / Delivery: November

Installation: Beginning of December

Project proposal

The project proposal must achieve the following objectives:

  • To develop creative engagement opportunities for Gravesham communities with x2 adult and x2 family / child workshops
  • 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

Please submit your application using our online form. You should upload two pieces of supporting information can be uploaded to a max size of 2mb

If you need technical support to complete your application please email arts&

Selection: 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.

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 27 October 2021


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