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Questions & Answers from Meetings with the Consortium Sat 2nd March

1.         How might community groups be involved?

  • In exactly the same way as any artist or arts organisation.  You could apply for a commission for the Consultation Programme, or keep your eye on the website for details of further commission opportunities once the evaluation from the Consultation Programme has produced an outline, longer-term programme.
  • If you’re not sure how to write an application for a commission, or don’t feel that your group has the necessary expertise, you might still find a way of being involved by seeking a partnership with an artist that does have the skills.  Have a look at the entry on the blog written by John Badley from the RSPB for an idea of how to approach this (http://www.transportedart.com/blog/)

2.         How should my approach differ from what I’d normally do?

  • The essential thing is that we are trying to get people to take notice of the event, and then start a conversation about what happens next, in terms of the wider Transported programme. It is not a funding scheme for existing activity; it is a commission to get these outcomes. The selected proposals will be the ones that can achieves this and that can demonstrate that they are feasible.
  • We’re trying to reach out to people who are not currently engaged in the arts.  Your application, therefore, needs to come up with an approach which is likely to stop your intended audience in their tracks, make them ask questions, impress them, intrigue them and challenge them to want to know more.  Remember that evaluation is extremely important, especially during the Consultation Period, so you need to think about how you would gather feedback in an interesting, as well as a useful, way.  Think also about your intended audience, perhaps bringing your skills and abilities to audiences to whom you would not normally bring them.

3.         Can I make more than one application?

4.         Can I propose a project that will extend beyond the Consultation phase?

  • No, not at this moment in time. The current commissions are designed specifically for the Consultation Programme.  Later commissions will be designed to fulfill requirements as informed by the outcomes from Consultation.

5.         Should I propose one event or a series?

  • That’s entirely up to you.  We want you to describe what you think is appropriate to deliver the brief, then tell us where you are flexible, and what the range of options or variations are.  Some of this might be about logistics, or target audience, or it might be about value for money.

6.         How do I know what budget to work to?

  • Because proposed projects might vary enormously in ambition, complexity, scope, audience, number of events/activities and so on, we have not suggested a budget. Propose what you feel would work!

7.         Might I get funding for a project which is already developed or underway?

  • Although there might be much common ground between present projects and Transported aims and objectives, our Business Plan is very clear in its outline of the process.  At this time, we are inviting proposals for the Consultation Programme.  It might be that elements of an existing project might be appropriate for proposal, but these would be considered on their own merits as an independent proposal.  Similarly, the second stage of the programme will be about developing the specific project streams, shaped according to the consultation evidence.  The artist opportunities or commissions needed to deliver these will be developed in July, and again it might well be that elements of current projects would be appropriate to put forward.
  • Proposals for events or acitivty that is adapted from an existing piece is entirely acceptable, because we recognise time is tight, but we are looking for it to be relevant to the area and to fulfill our purposes, as outlined in the brief.

8.         Could you indicate what you expect us to charge in our budget for artist’s fees?

9.         Would you expect the artist to organise the venue and the logistics, and should that, therefore, be included in the budget?

  • The Project team in general and the Arts Engagement Workers in particular, whose responsibilities include ensuring a rationalised and appropriate programme, will assist in venue choice and organisation of events; the artist will be expected to help as appropriate.

10.       How much detail do you require?

Do you require the budget to specify every single element, including venue hire, insurance  etc.?

  • We want you to give us as much information as you can, to help us select the best and most appropriate schemes.  If you don’t know, give an estimate.  The Transported team will then work with selected projects to make them happen.

11.       Are you expecting the artists to undertake the consultation?

  • No, there will be “researchers” on hand for each event to have the ‘conversations’ with audience etc.  We are, however, looking for artists to think about how the consultation can be linked to the experience they offer.  Some artists have suggested they would be gathering information as part of their event.

12.       Does the consultation have to take place in Boston and South Holland ?

  • Yes, or at least the purpose of the project is engagement and then getting the views of residents. This might conceivably be by remote engagement via a web or digital platform, but we will be selecting based on the effectiveness of the proposal and for evidence of its feasibility.

13.       Do we need to budget for a driver for the ice-cream van and/or for hiring the van itself?

  • No. We will provide the van. If the driver isn’t the artist or performer, we would probable assume it would be one of the engagement team – whose wage would already be covered.