New plans for Scarborough’s Coastival 2017 event

Coastival commences with the Polar Quest on Scarborough Seafront.The. parade is enjoyed by onlookers. pic Richard Ponter 160627c
Coastival commences with the Polar Quest on Scarborough Seafront.The. parade is enjoyed by onlookers. pic Richard Ponter 160627c
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Exciting plans have been unveiled to have four brand new art commissions created for the next Coastival arts festival in Scarborough.

Coastival 2017 runs from February 17-19 next year, with the theme ‘Coastival: The Unexpected’.

Central to the event will be four new arts commissions, funded by the Arts Council, which will form the centrepiece to the mini festival alongside a programme of music, theatre and fine art.

Artists are being invited to “push artistic boundaries and respond to the theme of ‘Coastival: The Unexpected – Look beyond the Obvious’.

Wendy Holroyd, Coastival director, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for artists to make a big contribution to Coastival 2017.

“We’re particularly keen to see work with strong artistic content and visual presence and impact, which can engage with diverse audiences.

“We’re looking for professional, practising artists or companies with an aptitude for working in community settings and a proactive, collaborative approach that will engage a wide range of participants.

“Artists can work in any art form to create new work in a location, not pre-determined by Create, in Scarborough that will engage with people and be presented at Coastival 2017 to new and existing audiences.

“Scarborough has some very obvious locations and themes – we want people to look beyond those and give us something different.

“We’re really excited about this and looking forward to seeing where artists’ imaginations can take them in answering our brief.”

A fee of £5,000 is on offer for the delivery of the commission and presentation of the work.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Tuesday, May 31.

For a copy of the Coastival commissions brief, artists should visit www.coastival.com or email wendy@create.uk.net.

Alternatively, you can call 01723 384545.

Coastival 2017 returns to the mini festival format after this year’s full programme of more than 100 events.

Thousands flocked to this February’s event bringing an out-of-season financial boost to Scarborough.

An analysis of the festival showed a total of 6,230 people attended over the weekend.