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Creative Producer Call Out – Apply by 4 July

We are looking for artists/creative producers to curate and develop a programme of workshops/arts activities inspired by the theme of Fire & Flint. You will be an artist/programmer who is excited to work collaboratively with a community to create a final parade/outside light projection show/performance which delivers an immersive collective experience that will live long in memory.


Fire & Flint is to be a celebration of Brandon’s history, community and landscape. It focuses on Brandon’s rich heritage as supplier and the source of flint as building material and famously the gun flint industry. On the weekend of 23/24 September 2017 the communities who live, work and pass through Brandon will be invited to take part in a variety of activities and final show in a themed event entitled – Fire & Flint.

Creative Forum in Brandon – a group made up of local creative individuals, societies and community groups – has shaped the project outline and roles. The selected creative producer and/or artists will be inspired to work closely with the Brandon community to develop a contemporary and vibrant interpretation of the chosen theme. You will be commissioned to produce a programme in line with Market Place vision, which will culminate in an afternoon/evening of entertainment and activity in the town centre of Brandon.


You will be responsible for devising and producing:

  • a Saturday night family friendly entertainment – Light Mapping /Digital Projection Art show projected onto buildings within the Market Hill central area of Brandon

You will work as the Curator with the community partners to ensure that a coherent programme takes place that includes these elements:

  • family friendly and participatory arts activities (visual arts, crafts, performance) at Market Hill with a focus to explore skills and materials from the landscape and heritage of Brandon (e.g. flint, sand, soil, chalk,  fire/lanterns)
  • a Lantern Parade
  • a flash mob performance
  • heritage walks/storytelling  – leading and returning to Market Hill
  • workshops with community societies to create and/or translate artwork and photographic images for a contemporary digital projection show
  • poetry/performance/storytelling activities run in the shops of local retailers (involving the network of local regional artists)
  • stalls and drop in making/hands on workshops at and around Market Hill and the Brandon Country Park


  • August – September 2017  – community engagement and workshops getting ready to showcase the results at the main event
  • 23-24 September 2017 – Fire & Flint event


The total project budget is up to £8,000 for the Light/Digital Projection Project and work as the Curator. This is inclusive of project outputs, materials, fees, travel expenses and VAT.

This work will be supported by Ali Atkins, our Creative Agent for Forest Heath Ali Aitkins.


To apply please submit by 5pm Tuesday 4 July 2017, a covering letter and relevant background information to Catherine Mummery, Programme Manager at or Ali Atkins, Forest Heath Creative Agent, at

Your proposal should include:

  • a proposed programme of activity
  • description of the process of working with the community of Brandon
  • a timeframe and breakdown of the budget, including your own fee and costs related to travel expenses
  • your CV
  • names and contact details of two referees or testimonials from clients, if applying as an organisation
  • your contact details

We welcome applications from individuals and organisations.

Interviews will be held the week of 10 July 2017.

For more details about the role, please contact Ali Atkins at 01353 611 591 or email

Development Commissions – Round 3

Market Place is building audiences for the arts by supporting new activity that reaches new audiences in the market towns of Forest Heath (Brandon, Mildenhall, Newmarket) and Fenland (Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech).  As well as developing and delivering exciting and inspirational events in our seven towns, Market Place has also commissioned a range of artists, arts organisations and community groups to deliver their own new projects which reach new audiences.

We are delighted to announce Round 3 of Development Commissions Programme.

The deadline to apply for Round 3 is 30th May.

There will be further Rounds with deadlines on 30th June and 30th August 2017.


Development Commissions are open to anyone wanting to contribute to building the creative offer in the market towns of Forest Heath and Fenland. Creative businesses and professional artists are eligible to apply alongside voluntary arts groups, community organisations and young people. In developing your commission we would encourage you to collaborate with project partners to ensure that you have the capacity and skills to deliver your proposed idea.

*** Ideally at least one person from the organisations who apply for the Development Commissions should attend one of Project Bootcamps to be held in Wisbech and in Newmarket. Follow the link to find out more about the Project Bootcamp and book your place. You do not have to have a fully formed project before you attend Bootcamp – the workshops will offer inspiration, guidance and possible partners with whom you might want to develop a new idea ***

Priorities for Round 3 of the Development Commission will be given to projects that:

  1. Support artists or arts organisations and community groups or organisations to work in new partnerships and to develop arts programmes or events, which are new or are of a scale or ambition that they have not delivered before
  2. Reach audiences who are new to the arts (as participants or audience) including marginalised or minority communities and individuals.
  3. Develop new arts programmes or events, which may be sustainable in the future.
  4. Have the potential to lever match funding or income in the short to medium term (i.e. beyond the life of this commission)
  5. Have the potential to reach across more than one of the Market Place towns.

The deadline to apply for Round 3 is 30th May. There will be further Rounds with deadlines on 30th June and 30th August 2017.

Projects for Round 3 Development Commissions need to commence no earlier than 15 June 2017.

There is £40,000 in total for the whole Market Place region in 2017, with additional professional support from the Market Place team. We will provide up to £4,000 per commission. In some instances, the panel may not award the full amount, which is applied for. A spread across the towns is sought and awards will be made considering local need and strength of applications.


  • If you have an idea for an arts activity that will develop arts audiences within the Market Place area, but are not sure it fits the Development Commissions, please do contact Catherine Mummery, our Programme Manager at 
  • Attend Project Bootcamps in Wisbech or in Newmarket where a facilitator will lead a training and development day, and participants will be given support to grow new partnerships, develop resilient and exciting projects, and explore how to create a project proposal.
  • Receive one-to-one support to develop a project idea and a proposal via a meeting (in person or via Skype or by phone)
  • Send us you initial draft proposals so one of the Market Place team can raise any questions, or give advice to strengthen final proposals, to increase the likelihood of success
  • All activities must be completed by 31st December 2017. 




Application Form (PDF): Development Commissions Round 3

Application Form (WORD): Development Commissions Round 3

Scoring Sheet Template: Development Commissions Round 3

Organisations making submissions, which are passed by the panel, will need to agree to terms and conditions to receive final approval and support. Details of the agreement can be found in the Guidance for Applicants pack.

If you have any questions about the development commissions, please contact Catherine Mummery, our Programme Manager, at or call 01353 611 591.


Call out for Photographers – Apply by 30 March

We are delighted to announce a tender for photography services. Applications are welcome from individual photographers as well as collectives and companies.

Market Place is part of Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England. We run arts projects and events across seven market towns – March, Wisbech, Chatteris, and Whittlesey in Fenland, and Newmarket, Brandon, and Mildenhall in Forest Heath. We often want to capture the atmosphere of the day, and are looking for a pool of photographers to be available across the seven towns we operate in, as very often we have several events taking place on the same day.

The task usually involves capturing the day according to a brief that we provide in advance, supplying up to 10 key images on the day, and uploading the rest of the images to a specified online platform within 2-3 days from the event date. Types of projects include workshops, conferences, set press shots, as well as large scale arts events.


Please submit your application by 5 pm on Thursday, 30 March 2017 by sending it to us at

To apply please send:

  • a cover letter detailing your previous experience, and why you are interested in taking on this role
  • a link to your online portfolio with your previous works, preferably for clients in the arts sector
  • your fee per hour and per day

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Shampanova, Marketing and Audience Development Manager at

Volunteer Roles

We really value volunteers. They bring their own experiences, insights and interests to Market Place, helping us gain new perspectives and develop links with local communities.

Volunteers can be involved in a range of roles from marketing support to events management, research and work with databases, social media and offline promotion. Different people volunteer for various reason. You may want to try something new or gain new skills and experience, or maybe meet new people and get behind-the-scenes of the arts, or just to give something back to your local community.

If you would like to know more about volunteering for Market Place, please send your CV and expression of interest to Elena Shampanova at