OPEN CALL OUT | Community Commission

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Outside In Arts Festival | Community Commission

Following the success of our debut digital festival and first ever commissioning scheme in August, we are proud to launch an open call out for a second round of commissions to contribute to a winter edition of Outside In Arts Festival.


We’re inviting everyone and anyone to submit a proposal outlining their creative response to the theme: ‘looking out, looking in, looking up’.

This is an open call out to celebrate and showcase the creativity of our communities; both those who do and do not consider themselves ‘artists’. Whether you’re a professional musician, or a teacher who likes to paint in their spare time, we want to hear from you! Applicants should respond to the theme as naturally and instinctively as possible, though the work should be timely and in some way a response to the state of the world today (though this is very much open to interpretation). This can be from people of any age and can be presented in any way; music, dance, a performance, drawing, poem, talk, zine, that can be presented digitally.

The programming team at Poplar Union will select 15 submissions to receive a micro-commission of £150 each to put towards the creation of the work. The artists selected will also receive guidance and support from the programming and marketing team at Poplar Union in developing their piece.

When’s the festival?

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 November

Poplar Union will premiere all of the submissions via YouTube/digital platforms. At 7pm on each day of the festival, there will be a Q&A with the artists whose work was shown that day and this will be held either at Poplar Union and live streamed (social distancing restrictions dependent!).

How to apply

To apply for this commission, please fill out this form and send back to with the subject ‘Outside In Community Commission’ by Wednesday 30th September. All applicants will receive a response on Friday 2nd October.

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This commission is supported by Arts Council England 

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