Seed Fund

We are excited to offer an opportunity to Wakefield based artists of all mediums; thanks to support from Arts Council England we are able to develop our previous work in 2018 and once again open a Seed Fund for artists wishing to create new work for the festival. Applications are now open and close at midday on March 4th

The results of 2018’s “A Manifesto For A New Wakefield” can be found here. A combination of direct commission and seed funded work, each formed a key part of the overall programme and were brand new pieces of work.

In 2019 we wish to continue this, but want to put the newly created works even more at the forefront of the event, which attracted well over 3000 people in 2018.

With this in mind, the theme for 2019 is “Onto The Streets”. We want to animate and invigorate the streets of Wakefield for the five days that Long Division Festival takes place (May 29th – June 2nd). We are looking for creative ideas from all mediums of art, specifically work that:

  • Animates & invigorates the public space
  • Makes people look at the city in a different way
  • Brings something new to our festival programme
  • Has potential for a legacy or to remain beyond the timescales of the festival
  • Is of excellent quality

Your work could be a performance, a piece of art work in situ, a five day project to create something with the people of Wakefield… we are very open to your interpretation.

As a result of our evaluation of the 2018 project, we are able to offer more per Seed Fund application – up to £500 (though submissions for less are fine and welcomed).

Works do not have to be in place / performed over the full five days. A brief breakdown of the event is as follows:

May 29th – Our partnership with Wakefield Artwalk – a great chance to unveil work.

May 30th – Two evening events already programmed; it is unlikely a third will fit in this space but work in situ could be promoted.

May 31st – A day long series of activity in our City Centre Festival Hub on The Bull Ring + an evening event TBA

June 1st – Our big day with thousands of people in Wakefield City Centre, moving between venues from midday until around midnight.

June 2nd – A family friendly day built around the precinct with live music and family activities.

If you have an idea but are unsure where it would take place i.e. an idea to take place in an empty shop or a street performance, then we can help you organise that, if your application is successful.

All applications will be through this form and the deadline for submissions is midday March 4th. The decision panel will be made up of Long Division Board Members and invited judges from non artistic backgrounds or careers.