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High Peak Community Arts is looking for freelance artists to send in project ideas for Project eARTh, its programme for adults experiencing mental distress, Autumn / Winter 2022 / 23.

HPCA encourage and welcome applications to broaden the diversity of our pool of freelance

artists, to include artists from different cultural backgrounds, disabled artists, or those with

lived experience of mental ill health. Please get in touch to discuss any adjustments which

would help you carry out this work.

Project eARTh usually holds 2 groups per week, one in New Mills and one in Buxton.

The ethos of Project eARTh is based on participants’ collective working towards a common

goal, to create artworks for the local community, using many art forms and create public

art works for indoor and outdoor spaces – railway stations, parks, woodland trails, GP

surgeries, care homes, church halls, art centres etc. – or for publication/release. We aim to

work mainly on nature – based themes, as we appreciate that the natural world is integral

to our wellbeing. We usually hold a celebratory event once artworks are installed /


Artists are supported in each workshop by a mental health support worker and volunteers.

All project ideas will be read by participants in our Project eARTh steering group, who then

interview artists whose ideas they would like to explore further.

What we need from you:

1) A project idea to make a collective work of art for a community setting or public


2) An idea of what setting this is appropriate for – e.g GP surgery; local park , care

home, woodland path , railway station etc; the more specific the better.

3) An idea of how many sessions the project would take. At present our sessions are

two hours each – if we merge back to one group per town, they will face session is

two and half hours; and projects run anything from 4 – 12 weeks.

4) An idea of how much work the artist needs to do to prepare, in the background, and

to ‘complete’ the artwork

5) Artists who can travel to work in either or both settings (New Mills SK22 4BH,

Thursdays Buxton SK17 6PX, Mondays).

6) A budget based on costs of:

(i) Materials and equipment – each town has approx. 25 participants

(ii) The number of face to face sessions needed @£105 per workshop

(iii) The number of half days @£105 needed for all non – contact work

(iv) Travel costs at 40p per mile to the venues or public transport costs, up to £30

per session.

Deadline for this round: June 14th 2022

Suggested interview dates: Wed 6th July; Wed 13th July (New Mills)

Please email all Project Ideas to Please send your Project Idea

on a separate sheet from any personal details (name, age, address etc).

Please also complete the monitoring form and return it (not compulsory, but helpful for

us to improve our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion).

The steering group will only see the Project Idea and budget.

Please email if you have questions, or phone 01663 744516 or 0752 815 9283



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