Got an idea? Arts festival wants to help!

If you've got a suitable project, you might be in line for one of the Arts Festival grants
If you've got a suitable project, you might be in line for one of the Arts Festival grants

If you’ve got an idea for an arts project, then Hebden Bridge Arts Festival could help you realise your dream with two micro-commissions.

The festival is committed to helping new and established artists so are inviting applications for two pots of up to £250 to help them develop their idea.

The commissioned work will platform/premiere at this summer’s festival, which runs from June 26 to July 5, and artists and arts organisations will have chance to collaborate, show new work in new and/or unusual spaces and develop their own audiences.

For 2015 the festival’s theme will be ‘The Hills are Alive’ which was chosen because it offers artists one clear way they might want to reflect the town and the people who live and visit here. 

Director of the festival Helen Meller said: “We do stage a lot of large scale work that has taken many months to perfect but we are also very aware we need to nurture new talent and ways of working.

“We are on a limited budget so the micro commissions are our way of offering some practical support and you’d be surprised how far £250 will go with a bit of ingenuity”

Two micrommissions are already in development as postman turned blogger Kevin Boniface is making a landscape film of Hebden Bridge mapping the area.

Kevin was runner up in the Northern Blogger awards and will be narrating his film in a style described as a latter day Alan Bennett.

Out of Hours are using their commission to bring their place name making machine Topanomatron to Hebden Bridge.

They will be generating locally inspired rubber stamps which can be used to make your own postcards to take away during the festival.

The to download a micro commission application form go to