Artist Opportunities


EMERGE is a project founded by The Mighty Creatives which will see 24 national arts labs undertake a 7 month youth led project to create 12 festivals reinventing the life and work of William Shakespeare. The festival has been titled ‘Random Acts of Shakespeare’ and will take place on Saturday 21 April, 12pm – 6pm at Boston Stump

We are offering three developmental commissions for emerging and aspiring artists or arts students of any discipline, aged 16 – 30, to create and present work at ‘Random Acts of Shakespeare’. This is an ideal opportunity for artists looking to expand their portfolio, get their foot in the door with reputable organisations, and present at a community arts festival. A bursary of £200 is available as a contribution towards the cost of production. We are inviting artists to respond to ONE of the following prompts, which have come from the young festival organisers in conversation with Charley.

  1. “I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am falser than vows made in wine.” (Antony and Cleopatra) – A piece of pop up/immersive performance exploring love and dishonesty. We are particularly interested in having ‘performance waiters’.
  2. “The rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres To hear the sea-maid’s music.” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) – A music/sound piece exploring the mystical, the fantastical, Boston port and the music of a sea-maid.
  3. “Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die. Passing through nature to eternity.” (Hamlet) – A piece of sculpture exploring death, decay and eternity. We are particularly interested in pieces made from found objects.

For more information, please download the following information sheet:

Emerge Boston Commission Information

How to apply

Please fill in the application form below & return to along with an artist CV before midnight on Friday 5 January 2018.  

Emerge Boston Commission Application Form