M A P S Festival - O P E N C A L L

Chalk and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are seeking proposals from artists to present a high quality, interactive arts experience for children under 8 as part of Chalk's MAPS Festival in February 2019.

The MAPS Festival will be a creative and immersive weekend of music, art and play aimed at children under 8 and their grown ups taking place in venues across Newcastle/Gateshead between 15th - 17th February.

Through an exciting programme of play-led arts experiences, the festival will be unexpected, bold and ambitious. From interactive gigs to artist-led play environments, the programme will expose audiences to new, high quality arts experiences and also develop innovative collaborative practice between artists and art forms.

As part of MAPS, Chalk, together with BALTIC, is seeking proposals for an innovative new work to present over the festival weekend at BALTIC.

Artists will present their work in a white cube space measuring 5.88 x 7.8m, height is 5.22m on Level One of the gallery. The selected artist/s will have a production budget (to include all materials, technology and any additional collaborator fees) of £6,000 including a minimum of 10% artist fee. Proposals can be from any art form and can be from individual artists or collaborative teams.

The proposals must be for projects that are:

  • Fully accessible

  • Suitable for children under 8 years of age

  • Interactive and playful in approach rather than a passive experience

  • Innovative and original

  • Maximum of a 45 minute long experience as access to the piece will be in bookable sessions throughout the weekend

  • Installed on 14 February 09.00 – 18.00

The deadline for expressions of interest is 12pm on 10th December 2018. Please submit a pdf including a one page proposal supporting links and images of previous work, budget breakdown and biography to You will receive confirmation of your submission within 2 working days. Shortlisted artists will be invited to come and see the space on the 17th December and meet with the Chalk and BALTIC teams to discuss their proposal further.

If you have any questions about this open call please email

This open call is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Commission Timeline

Launch of open call - 19/11/18

Deadline for submissions - 10/12/18

Short listing - 13/12/18

Artists 1-2-1 meetings (at BALTIC) - 17/12/18

Selected Artist informed - 19/12/18

Artist contracted. Payment 1 - Dec/Jan

Artist production window - 8 weeks

Refined proposal for sign off - 14/01/19

Risk Assessment submitted - 14/01/19

Copy + image signed off - 14/01/19

Artist, Payment 2 - 14/01/19

Artist announced online - 17/01/19

Bookable sessions on sale - 17/01/19

Artist install (BALTIC) - 14/02/19

Presented throughout festival 15 – 17 / 02 /2019

De-rig - 18/02/19

Artist Payment 3 - 19/02/19

Evaluation - 01/03/19 

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