Call for Proposals: Basildon Commission (deadline 23/1/19)

Essex Cultural Diversity Project is currently calling for proposals for our next place-based artist commission, which will focus on Basildon.

• Budget: £10,000
• Deadline: 23 January 2019

• Interviews: 30 January 2019

For ten years Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) has been working closely with different organisations to enhance the artistic and cultural diversity of the county, ensure that excellence is thriving, and that cultural integration and understanding is supported and enhanced through arts and cultural activity. 

ECDP is now an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) with a key role to play across Essex and the East of England in continuing to support diversity in arts and cultural practice. We aim to achieve this through a programme of exciting but challenging place-based commissions for artists to work in different areas of Essex. For 2018-19 we are focusing on five locations – Canvey Island, Harlow, Basildon, Grays and Jaywick Sands. 

Basildon is the focus of this commission, and we are looking for artists interested in exploring diversity through their practice, who want to work with Basildon communities, residents and local partners. 

2019 will be the 70th anniversary of Basildon New Town, with Basildon being one of the most well-known of the New Towns from the post-war period. Although this commission will not be a formal part of the 70th anniversary programme, ECDP is keen to engage with the celebratory year as it provides an excellent opportunity to explore how the culture of Basildon has evolved over the last 70 years, and provides an ideal platform on which to engage with older people in the New Town.

For more information about the Commission, visit